Saturday, November 1, 2008

Kickoff at 2:30 today on ABC or ESPN: Iowa @ Illinois

Coming off bye week, it will be interesting to see how the offense and defense start for the Iowa Hawkeyes (5-3, 2-2 Big Ten). The Illinois Fighting Illini (4-4, 2-3 Big Ten) are not as good as they were in '07. Iowa is improved... likely in all three phases of the game.

Looking around the predictions, I am surprised that high passing numbers result in success in the W-L column. Controlling the line of scrimmage and running the ball will be keys for either team in Champaign.

Iowa has held Illinois to 13 or less, in the past five games in this series... all Iowa wins.

Six in row... it didn't happen over Penn State for Iowa last year, so are the Illini any different for the Hawkeyes in '08?

I'll predict 194 yards passing and 50 yards rushing, for a total of 244 yards for Juice Williams.
Another two keys to watch: turnovers and placekicking...

Defense wins championships... This time of year, teams like Iowa need help!


Iowa Hawkeyes 25
Illinois Fighting Illini 20

On Iowa!


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