MADISON, Wisconsin (Ticker) -- No. 18 Wisconsin seeks its third 4-0 start under Barry Alvarez on Saturday when it continues a four-game homestand against Northern Illinois.
Wisconsin won its first four games in 1993 and 1998 and went on to capture the Big Ten Conference championship each year.
The Badgers posted a 34-17 victory over West Virginia last week after opening a 34-3 lead early in the third quarter. Brooks Bollinger completed 14-of-20 passes for 218 yards and two touchdowns in just over two periods. He threw for 203 yards in the first half.
Bollinger improved to 25-7 as a starter and needs three wins to become the winningest quarterback in Wisconsin history.
The Badgers have received stellar play from their younger players as freshmen have scored eight of the team's 10 touchdowns. Running back Matt Bernstein and wide receiver Jonathan Orr, a pair of redshirt freshman, have three each, while true freshman running back Dwayne Smith has two.
Anthony Davis has been held under 100 yards the last two weeks, marking the first time since 1991 the Badgers have won consecutive games without a 100-yard rusher. Davis had 10 100-yard games last year, setting an NCAA freshman record.
After opening the season with a 42-41 overtime win over Wake Forest, Northern Illinois (1-1) was held scoreless until the final play of the game in last week's 37-6 loss at South Florida.
However, the Huskies were without top running back Thomas Hammock, who underwent a series of medical tests during the week. Hammock rushed for 172 yards against Wake Forest and ranks sixth on the school all-time list with 2,432 yards.
Wisconsin tight ends coach Paul Chryst is the brother of Mid-American Conference commissioner Rick Chryst.
The Badgers have won eight of nine meetings with Northern Illinois, including an 18-17 victory in the most recent contest in 1992.