ESPN's FPI predicts outcome of Illinois-Wisconsin season opener
Wisconsin is in the rare position of looking to start the season off with a little bit of payback in mind.
As a result of the shifting schedule due to the COVID pandemic, Wisconsin and Illinois will start their season in a re-match of last year’s thrilling game. In that showdown, the Illini kicked an improbable game-winning field goal for a huge upset of the Badgers.
While no Wisconsin fans will take anything for granted heading into this game, the Badgers will likely be heavily favored over Illinois. Even without All-American running back Jonathan Taylor who is off to the NFL, Wisconsin stands to be in a good position for this game.
That belief is echoed by ESPN’s Football Power Index. Heading into Friday’s showdown, the FPI is giving the Badgers a 93.9% chance of getting revenge over the Illini.
Even if Wisconsin is a heavy favorite, do not expect Lovie Smith’s squad to come out scared of the moment. Quarterback Brandon Peters has already led one comeback upset of the Badgers. Can he do it again?