Illinois vs Northwestern Prediction Game Preview

Illinois vs Northwestern game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 13 game on Saturday, November 26

Illinois vs Northwestern prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 13, Saturday, November 26


Illinois vs Northwestern Prediction Game Preview

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Illinois vs Northwestern How To Watch

Date: Saturday, November 26
Game Time: 3:30 ET
Venue: Ryan Field, Evanston, IL
How To Watch: BTN
Record: Illinois (7-4), Northwestern (1-10)
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Why Illinois Will Win

Northwestern hasn’t been able to figure out that whole scoring thing as the season has gone on.

The offense will move the ball a bit, but turnovers are a massive problem – two or more in eight games and six in the last two – and it’s having an impossible time putting the biscuit in the basket.

Northwestern lost to Maryland 31-24. That was the only time in the last eight games it scores more than 14 points, and now it’s going against the No. 2 defense in college football that allows 259 points and 13 points per game.

As long as the Illini can get up fast and don’t royally screw up, it should have this, but …

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Why Northwestern Will Win

Can Northwestern throw a bit?

It couldn’t do it against Ohio State or Purdue, but the defense was able to keep the score in check – the weather conditions had everything to do with that against the Buckeyes – but the passing game has occasionally been okay enough to be at least accurate.

That’s how you bother the Illinois defense – you have to throw against it. Michigan State, Purdue, and Michigan were all able to run in their wins against Illinois, but that was set up by being decent enough through the air to be a bother.

The Wildcats have to mix up the offense a little bit and the run defense has go one up with a special day.

There’s no shot without holding the Illini to under 160 rushing yards, but …

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What’s Going To Happen

There won’t be enough from the the Northwestern offense, and there won’t be enough big plays from the defensive side to make up for it.

Illinois might have lost its last three games, but it doesn’t turn the ball over – just three in the last five games.

It won’t be anything pretty, but Illinois will take its second win in a row over Chicago’s Hometown Team.

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Illinois vs Northwestern Prediction, Line

Illinois 26, Northwestern 13
Line: Illinois -14.5, o/u: 37.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3
Illinois vs Northwestern Must See Rating (out of 5): 2.5

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Big Ten Predictions Schedule Game Previews Lines TV Week 13

Big Ten college football predictions, schedule, game previews, lines and TV listings for Week 13 of the season.

Big Ten college football predictions, schedule, game previews, lines and TV listings for Week 13 of the season.


Big Ten Predictions Schedule Game Previews Lines TV Week 13

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Results So Far
Straight Up 79-19, ATS 63-33, o/u 53-42

Click on each game for the preview and prediction 

Friday, November 25

Nebraska at Iowa

4:00 BTN
Line: Iowa -10.5, o/u: 38.5

Saturday, November 26

Michigan at Ohio State

12:00 FOX
Line: Ohio State -7.5, o/u: 57.5

Rutgers at Maryland

12:00 BTN
Line: Maryland -14.5, o/u: 48.5

Illinois at Northwestern

3:30 BTN
Line: Illinois -14.5, o/u: 37.5

Minnesota at Wisconsin

3:30 ESPN
Line: Wisconsin -3.5, o/u: 35.5

Purdue at Indiana

3:30 BTN
Line:Purdue -10.5, o/u: 54.5

Michigan State at Penn State

4:00 FS1
Line: Penn State -18.5, o/u: 52.5

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Illinois vs Michigan Prediction Game Preview

Illinois vs Michigan game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 12 game on Saturday, November 19

Illinois vs Michigan prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 12, Saturday, November 19


Illinois vs Michigan Prediction, Game Preview

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Illinois vs Michigan How To Watch

Date: Saturday, November 19
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, MI
How To Watch: ABC
Record: Illinois (7-3), Michigan (10-0)
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Why Illinois Will Win

Can Michigan throw?

JJ McCarthy was fantastic after taking over the starting quarterback gig, but the passing attack has chilled a bit over the last three weeks. It’s hard to argue with five touchdown passes and no interceptions in easy wins over Michigan State, Rutgers, and Nebraska, but the accuracy wasn’t there – that matters.

What went wrong for Illinois in the losses to Michigan State and Purdue? Michigan State and Purdue could throw a bit, and they did – the Spartans hit 66% of their throws and the Boilermakers threw for 237 yards and three scores.

That’s how you beat Illinois – you throw. Michigan wins by running.

The playbook is simple. Get through the first half, wear teams down, and let the ground game take over. That has worked game after game after game, but Michigan isn’t going to be able to do that against an Illinois defense that allowed 100 rushing yards just twice in wins over Minnesota and Wyoming.

So …

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Why Michigan Will Win

Again, can Michigan throw?

More accurately, can Michigan be … accurate?

The Wolverines failed to connect on more than 57% of their passes just twice – again, the layups against Nebraska and Rutgers – and Illinois is 0-3 when allowing teams to hit more than 53% of their throws.

Yes, that means Illinois is 7-0 when holding passing games down, but that’s a tad bit misleading. The Illini didn’t exactly go against Bryce Young or Hendon Hooker in those seven wins.

Michigan might just be that strong to overcome the Illini defensive front.

Penn State has a D, and Michigan ran for over 400 yards against it. Iowa was able to hold up well, and Indiana didn’t do a poor job, but in those two games McCarthy was too busy throwing well.

No one has been able to keep Michigan under four yards per carry, but …

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What’s Going To Happen

Poor old Illinois. That was a cute run and all, but now it’s over, it’s basketball season, and everything is back in its rightful place.

Be very, very, very careful here.

The world is already looking ahead to Michigan going to Ohio State for a showdown of 11-0 unbeaten teams to see who – for all intents and purposes – will win the Big Ten title and be off to the College Football Playoff.

This game is absolutely perfect for Illinois – at least in theory.

The defense should be able to hold up, the offense that’s sixth in the nation in time of possession will take the air out of the ball, and the No. 1 team in college football in pass efficiency defense will be all over the Wolverine receivers.

The Michigan defense will rise up when it absolutely has to – especially with Illinois star RB Chase Brown banged up – but there will be a whole lot of sweating for late November.

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Illinois vs Michigan Prediction, Line

Michigan 23, Illinois 16
Line: Michigan -17.5, o/u: 42.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3.5
Illinois vs Michigan Must See Rating (out of 5): 4
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Big Ten Predictions Schedule Game Previews Lines TV Week 12

Big Ten college football predictions, schedule, game previews, lines and TV listings for Week 12 of the season.

Big Ten college football predictions, schedule, game previews, lines and TV listings for Week 12 of the season.


Big Ten Predictions, Schedule, Game Previews, Lines, TV: Week 12

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Results So Far
Straight Up 74-17, ATS 59-30, o/u 47-41 

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Saturday, November 5

Illinois at Michigan

12:00 ABC
Line: Michigan -17.5, o/u: 42.5

Wisconsin at Nebraska

12:00 ESPN
Line: Wisconsin -13.5, o/u: 39.5

Northwestern at Purdue

12:00 BTN
Line: Purdue -19.5, o/u: 47.5

Indiana at Michigan State

12:00 BTN
Line: Michigan State -10.5, o/u: 47.5

Ohio State at Maryland

3:30 ABC
Line: Ohio State -27.5, o/u: 64.5

Penn State at Rutgers

3:30 BTN
Line: Penn State -19.5, o/u: 44.5

Iowa at Minnesota

4:00 BTN
Line: Minnesota -2.5, o/u: 32.5 

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Big Ten Predictions Schedule Game Previews Lines TV Week 12

Big Ten college football predictions, schedule, game previews, lines and TV listings for Week 12 of the season.

Big Ten college football predictions, schedule, game previews, lines and TV listings for Week 12 of the season.


Big Ten Predictions, Schedule, Game Previews, Lines, TV: Week 12

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Results So Far
Straight Up 74-17, ATS 59-30, o/u 47-41 

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Saturday, November 5

Illinois at Michigan

12:00 ABC
Line: Michigan -17.5, o/u: 42.5

Wisconsin at Nebraska

12:00 ESPN
Line: Wisconsin -13.5, o/u: 39.5

Northwestern at Purdue

12:00 BTN
Line: Purdue -19.5, o/u: 47.5

Indiana at Michigan State

12:00 BTN
Line: Michigan State -10.5, o/u: 47.5

Ohio State at Maryland

3:30 ABC
Line: Ohio State -27.5, o/u: 64.5

Penn State at Rutgers

3:30 BTN
Line: Penn State -19.5, o/u: 44.5

Iowa at Minnesota

4:00 BTN
Line: Minnesota -2.5, o/u: 32.5 

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Big Ten Predictions Schedule Game Previews Lines TV Week 11

Big Ten college football predictions, schedule, game previews, lines and TV listings for Week 11 of the season.

Big Ten college football predictions, schedule, game previews, lines and TV listings for Week 11 of the season.


Big Ten Predictions, Schedule, Game Previews, Lines, TV: Week 11

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Results So Far
Straight Up 68-16, ATS 55-27, o/u 44-37 

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Saturday, November 12

Indiana at Ohio State

12:00 FOX
Line: Ohio State -40.5, o/u: 57.5

Purdue at Illinois

12:00 ESPN2
Line: Illinois -6.5, o/u: 44.5

Rutgers at Michigan State

12:00 BTN
Line: Michigan State -10.5, o/u: 40.5

Nebraska at Michigan

3:30 ABC
Prediction: Michigan 40, Nebraska 13
Line: Nebraska -29.5, o/u: 49.5

Maryland at Penn State

3:30 FOX
Line: Penn State -10.5, o/u: 59.5

Wisconsin at Iowa

3:30 FS1
Line: Wisconsin -1.5, o/u: 35.5

Northwestern at Minnesota

3:30 BTN
Line: Minnesota -17.5, o/u: 40.5

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Illinois vs Purdue Prediction Game Preview

Illinois vs Purdue game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 11 game on Saturday, November 12

Illinois vs Purdue prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 11, Saturday, November 12


Illinois vs Purdue How To Watch

Date: Saturday, November 12
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Memorial Stadium, Champaign, IL
How To Watch: ESPN2
Record: Purdue (5-4), Illinois (7-2)
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Illinois vs Purdue Game Preview

Why Purdue Will Win

So how did Michigan State do it?

How did it solve the Illinois defense, ball control style, and all that’s going into one of the biggest surprises in the 2022 college football season?

It bent but didn’t break – scoring 23 straight points after getting down 7-0 – and it made the Illini press more than they wanted to.

The Spartans hit their passes, and Purdue has to get throwing and put points on the board out of the gate.

The offense sputtered against Iowa in last week’s 24-3 loss – nothing worked – but as long as Aidan O’Connell is hitting over 60% of his passes like he normally does this should be interesting.

Illinois lost two games. Those were the two times it allowed the opposing passing games to connect on more than 53% of their throws.

But …

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Why Illinois Will Win

That’s easier said than done.

Purdue has hit a bit of a wall.

Wisconsin allowed O’Connell to hit his passes, but they didn’t really go anywhere. Iowa took out the middle man and didn’t even allow him to complete the throws.

Even with the tough loss to Michigan State, Illinois is still the best in the nation in pass defense, No. 1 in scoring defense, No. 1 in interceptions, and No. 1 in first downs allowed.

Basically, the Purdue offense fits what Illinois likes to do.

Michigan State can hit a few deep shots and pushes its passing game further. Purdue dinks and dunks, and Illinois will take it.

The completion percentage will be there for the Boilermakers, but it won’t mean what it usually does.

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What’s Going To Happen

Can Purdue get out to a hot start and make Illinois open things up?

Not quite, but it’ll make things interesting.

The Illinois ground game doesn’t have to dominate, but it has to be part of a balanced attack that should be able to control the clock and the tempo. That’s Purdue’s game – it’s great in the time of possession battle – but it won’t be good enough offensively on third downs to get control.

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Illinois vs Purdue Prediction, Line

Illinois 24, Purdue 20
Line: Illinois -6.5, o/u: 44.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2.5
Illinois vs Purdue Must See Rating (out of 5): 3.5
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Big Ten Predictions Schedule Game Previews Lines TV Week 10

Big Ten college football predictions, schedule, game previews, lines and TV listings for Week 10 of the season.

Big Ten college football predictions, schedule, game previews, lines and TV listings for Week 10 of the season.


Big Ten Predictions, Schedule, Game Previews, Lines, TV: Week 10

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Results So Far
Straight Up 66-13, ATS 51-26, o/u 41-35

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Saturday, November 5

Ohio State at Northwestern

12:00 ABC
Line: Ohio State -37.5, o/u: 60.5
Final Score: COMING

Minnesota at Nebraska

12:00 ESPN2
Line: Minnesota -15.5, o/u: 46.5
Final Score: COMING

Iowa at Purdue

12:00 FS1
Line: Purdue -4.5, o/u: 40.5
Final Score: COMING

Maryland at Wisconsin

12:00 BTN
Line: Wisconsin -4.5, o/u: 50.5
Final Score: COMING

Michigan State at Illinois

3:30 BTN
Line: Illinois -17.5, o/u: 41.5
Final Score: COMING

Penn State at Indiana

3:30 ABC
Line: Penn State -14, o/u: 50.5
Final Score: COMING

Michigan at Rutgers

7:30 BTN
Line: Michigan -25.5, o/u: 45.5
Final Score: COMING

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Michigan State vs Illinois Prediction Game Preview

Michigan State vs Illinois game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 10 game on Saturday, November 5

Michigan State vs Illinois prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 10, Saturday, November 5


Michigan State vs Illinois How To Watch

Date: Saturday, November 5
Game Time: 3:30 ET
Venue: Memorial Stadium, Champaign, IL
How To Watch: BTN
Record: Michigan State (3-5), Illinois (7-1)
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Michigan State vs Illinois Game Preview

Why Michigan State Will Win

It’s been a rough, rough stretch for the program.

The 29-7 loss to Michigan was bad, the aftermath and controversy from the problems in the tunnel was worse, and now it’s going to take a minor miracle just to go bowling.

Let’s just say the expectations are low, but the team is still good enough to pull off something big if the offense clicks.

Illinois isn’t going to run away and hide with this. As good as it has been, the offense doesn’t put up big points and the game will never be out of reach.

The great Illini D has yet to face anyone who can throw. Nebraska? Sort of, not really. Wisconsin? Nah. Iowa? Really nah. Minnesota? Indiana? The secondary might get tested for the first time.

Payton Throne has to get hot right away. He was great in the win over Wisconsin, the passing game has the ability to hit 70% of its passes, and there’s a chance the Spartans are able to connect on the deep passes Illinois can’t and won’t.

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Why Illinois Will Win

Grind, grind, grind.

Is there any team outside of Knoxville playing with more confidence right now?

The Illini dare you to deal with their style. There won’t be anything from the Spartan ground game against this defensive front, coming up with third down conversions will be like pulling teeth, and if it seems like the Illinois O is always on the field, it’s because it will be.

Illinois is second in the nation behind Air Force in time of possession. Michigan State is the second-worst team in the country in the stat. Illinois might have the ball for over 40 minutes.

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What’s Going To Happen

Michigan State might make this far more interesting than it might seem – at least early on.

Again, Illinois hasn’t dealt with a real passing game yet, and Michigan State will start firing away early. It’ll work for a while, but it’ll slow down as the game goes on. Even worse, the passing attack will quickly go three-and-out a few times and Illinois will use those chances to grind the game down to a nub.

It won’t be a breeze, but the Illini will keep the fun going.

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Michigan State vs Illinois Prediction, Line

Illinois 26, Michigan State 13
Line: Illinois -17.5, o/u: 41.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3
Michigan State vs Illinois Must See Rating (out of 5): 3
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Big Ten Predictions, Schedule, Game Previews, Lines, TV: Week 9

Big Ten college football predictions, schedule, game previews, lines and TV listings for Week 9d of the season.

Big Ten college football predictions, schedule, game previews, lines and TV listings for Week 9 of the season.


Big Ten Predictions, Schedule, Game Previews, Lines, TV: Week 9

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Results So Far
Straight Up 61-13, ATS 46-26, o/u 38-33

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Saturday, October 29

Ohio State at Penn State

12:00 FOX
Line: Ohio State -15.5, o/u: 60.5
Final Score: COMING

Rutgers at Minnesota

2:30 BTN
Line: Minnesota -14, o/u: 41
Final Score: COMING

Illinois at Nebraska

3:30 ABC
Line: Illinois -8, o/u: 50.5
Final Score: COMING

Northwestern at Iowa

3:30 ESPN2
Line: Iowa -11, o/u: 37.5
Final Score: COMING

Michigan State at Michigan

7:30 ABC
Line: Michigan -21.5, o/u: 53.5
Final Score: COMING

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