WEEK 5: at Illinois

Date: Oct. 9

All-time series: UW leads 43-37-7

Last meeting: UW won 45-7 on Oct. 23, 2020

Key returner: QB Brandon Peters, who gives the Illini some stability under center while they adjust to a new coaching staff. The Illini are looking to bounce back from a tough 2020 that included a COVID-19 diagnosis.

Note: First-year coach Bret Bielema, the former UW coach, has said he envisions a three-man front for the defense, a major shift that already has prompted the transfer of DE Owen Carney Jr.