Wisconsin opens its season against Illinois State at 7 pm on FS1 in Madison. The Badgers are ranked as the No. 18 team in the nation, looking to get off to a hot start and win the B1G West for the first time since 2019.

The Badgers had a solid, yet one-dimensional season in 2021. The offense was nowhere near the level it should have been to truly contend for the B1G, despite an elite defense.

And it doesn’t take a genius to tell you that the badgers are heavy favorites against the Redbirds. ESPN’s FPI projects the Badgers have a 97.4% win likelihood heading into Saturday’s contest.

The Badgers have a tame beginning to their schedule before travelling to Columbus to take on Ohio State on Sept. 24.