Graham Mertz and No. 14 Wisconsin rout Illinois, 45-7, in the Big Ten season opener
Graham Mertz and No. 14 Wisconsin rout Illinois, 45-7, in the Big Ten season opener

MADISON, Wis. — The cheers at Camp Randall Stadium were phony, piped in through the sound system from a track the Big Ten provided.The empty stands didn’t shake when Wisconsin played “Jump Around.”No brats were on the tailgate grills before the game and no beer cans cheered in the campus parking lots.Nothing looked the same in this pandemic-era of Big Ten football.But No. 14 Wisconsin looked as authentic as ever in the long-awaited return to Midwest college football while Illinois looked as if it needed even more time to prepare.Illinois didn’t help provide a banner night for the conference in…

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