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Badgers, Illini bring tough defenses to big game

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- It's been a while since Wisconsin and Illinois met when the game meant this much to both teams.

The Badgers (5-2, 2-1 Big Ten) need to win Saturday's game in Champaign to stay within sight of Big Ten West-leading Iowa.

They face an Illinois team (4-2, 1-1) that isn't out of that race, either.

The big question for Wisconsin has been whether injured running back Corey Clement will return this week. Coach Paul Chryst wouldn't say during the week.

Illinois will definitely play without starting tailback Josh Ferguson. Freshman Ke'Shawn Vaughn will again play for the injured Ferguson.

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