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Badgers hope to avenge Illinois loss that derailed last season

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The current woes of the Wisconsin Badgers football team might be traced back to a disappointing loss last season.

  At one point last year Wisconsin was 5-0 overall, 2-0 in the Big Ten Conference and riding a nation-best 14-game winning streak.

  But then the Badgers stumbled against Illinois and lost 31-26.

  Badgers linebacker DeAndre Levy calls that game a turning point.

  He says he remembers feeling disappointed and thinking it was one of his worst performances ever.

  Since that game Wisconsin has gone 7-8, including four straight losses.

  The main shortcoming from that game was poor tackling -- a problem that continues to plague this season's team.

  Tomorrow Wisconsin hopes to exact a measure of revenge.

  They'll host an Illinois team that's 4-3, 2-2 in conference play.

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