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No. 6 Wisconsin Falls To Unranked Illinois In Stunner

An Illinois player celebrates against Wisconsin.

CHAMPAIGN, IL - OCTOBER 19: Daniel Barker #87 of the Illinois Fighting Illini reacts as he takes the field against the Wisconsin Badgers before the game at Memorial Stadium on October 19, 2019 in Champaign, Illinois. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

A week ago, unranked South Carolina shocked the college football world by upsetting No. 3 Georgia on the road. Saturday, Illinois did the Gamecocks one better.

Wisconsin was a 31-point favorite heading into Saturday's contest with the Illini. Illinois entered the game with a 2-4 record that featured losses to Eastern Michigan and Nebraska.

None of that mattered, clearly. Illinois kicker James McCourt sealed the deal for the Illini, hitting a 39-yard field goal as time expired to give his team the 24-23 victory.

Wisconsin had the ball for just under 41 minutes - and lost. Why? Turnovers. The Badgers lost two fumbles and threw an interception during the contest. Jack Coan finished the game 24-of-32 for 264 yards with a touchdown and a pick.

Illinois rushed for 141 yards and a touchdown on 35 carries. The Illini ground game gave Wisconsin fits all day.

Obviously, this puts a damper on the big Wisconsin vs. Ohio State matchup next week. It also likely knocks the Badgers from consideration for the College Football Playoff.

As for Illinois, this is easily the biggest win of the Lovie Smith era. We'll see if they can keep the momentum going.