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University of Illinois Football Predictions

Written by Ben Pekay

9/4- Illinois state- Win

9/12- UConn- Win

9/19-Bowling Green- Win

10/3-@Rutgers- Win

10/10-@ Nebraska- Win

10/170- Purdue- Win

10/24- Minnesota- Loss

10/31- @Wisonsin- Loss

11/7- Iowa- Loss

11/14- @Indiana- Loss

11/21- Ohio State- Loss

11/28- @ Northwestern- Win

The Illinois 2020-2021 football season should be an interesting one. Illinois starts their schedule with three non-conference games. Last year Illinois State, UConn and Bowling Green went a combined 15-24 . Illinois State made up most of those wins because they made a run to the FCS playoffs where they lost to North Dakota State in the Quarterfinals. They pose the biggest threat to upset the Illini out of the non-conference games. After the non-conference slate, Illinois plays Rutgers, Nebraska and Purdue. These are three of their easier conference games. Rutgers. Well everyone knows about Rutgers. Nebraska should be a challenge. Nebraska barely snuck by the Illini last year so the Illini should be very motivated for the game. The Nebraska game will be the first real challenge for the Illini. Next up is Purdue who Illinois beat last year by 18. I expect Illinois will be able to win this game because they are more talented than they were last year.

Now the Illinois schedule takes a turn for the worst. They have arguably the hardest 5 game stretch in college football. First they have a home game against Minnesota. This game will be hotly anticipated in Champaign. Especially if Illinois is 6-0 going into this game. Minnesota returns 9 starters on offense including their starting quarterback Tanner Morgan. Knowing that Minnesota was a top ten team last year, this will be a game few are expecting Illinois to win. Next is at Wisconsin and at home against Iowa. Both are games Illinois isn't expected to win. After Illinois upset Wisconsin last year, Wisconsin is going to be hungry to avenge their loss. Then Illinois plays Iowa who always gives them a challenge.

Next on Illinois schedule is Indiana. Indiana went 8-5 last year and was a top 25 team. This game is a toss up but I believe Indiana will come out on top. Next is Illinois vs Ohio State. This game is at Illinois and is definitely a trap game for Ohio State. It is also the week before Ohio state plays Ohio State. The last time Illinois beat Ohio State was in 2007 when Ohio State was the number 1 team in the nation. This game should also be a nationally televised night game. After Ohio State, Illinois plays Northwestern in a game that Illinois lost last year. This should be a game that Illinois should easily handle.

7-5 is my predicted record for the Illini. This would be a successful season for them. The 2020 season will depend on how potent the Illinois offense is. They will only go as far as the offense takes them. Any good Illinois fan, knows that you never know with the Illini. Last year they lost to Eastern Michigan by a field goal but beat #6 Wisconsin by one point. The Illini will be a tough opponent for any team and they have some very good opportunities to upset a top ten team next year.

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