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Illinois Upsets Wisconsin, 24-23

Last Saturday night, I wrote an article that talked about the top-ranked Wisconsin Badgers. They have crushed their opponents up to this point, and in particular, the state of Michigan and their college football teams. 

You can now put my article from last weekend into the archive of Freezing Cold Takes, you have my permission. While I called the University of Illinois football program extremely underwhelming under head coach Lovie Smith, the Fighting Illini proved those doubters wrong. Illinois defeated the sixth-ranked Badgers in Champaign on their homecoming, 24-23, on a last second game winning field goal by junior kicker James McCourt.

Wisconsin hasn’t trailed in any football game all season, until now. When it matters the most. The best defense in college football cracked when they needed it most. Costly turnovers and the inability to put Illinois away late in the game will hurt the most. The Badgers have now seen their College Football Playoff dreams crushed. They are now in a nightmare

Big Cat, your thoughts please?

Wisconsin now heads to Columbus next week with a showdown with the Cream of the Crop in the Big Ten, the Ohio State Buckeyes. Analysts say that the Badgers will be hungry and motivated to get back on track — I say otherwise. Ohio State is like a video game on steriods. I get that anything can happen on any given Saturday, and when you’re undefeated, the pressure mounts. But, in a hostile environment, things could only get worse. Guess we’ll see.

The Illinois Fighting Illini have their program saving win, and likely have saved Lovie Smith’s job in the victory. They look to continue to stay on track next week against the Purdue Boilermakers. It’s an opportunity to get to a bowl game, something the Illini haven’t gotten to since 2014 – where they lost in the Heart of Dallas Bowl to Louisiana Tech

But, congratulations to the University of Illinois. Enjoy your homecoming win and I hope the streets of Champaign, IL, are ready. 

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