This one is pretty tough, not only am I not quite sure what’s going to be happening with us, our opponent has a new coach and new schemes everywhere. The spread has basically settled at -7 for this.
Illinois has Peters back at QB that has given us some issues before, and they have a really good stable of backs. They also have Artur Sitkowski who has one of the most awful seasons i’ve ever seen in NCAA football from 2018, he had 4 TDs and 18 INTs in 2018 for Rutgers as well as completing 49% of his passes. God please let us have him get in the game.
Illinois also returns 123 starts along the offensive line, one of the top experienced units in the nation. But my unknown is TE and WR for them, i’m not really sure. Further, how quick will they get acclimated to what Bielema wants them to do offensively?
I only kid because his wife is so hot. Our saving grace could be them shifting to a 3-4 and trying to get up to speed there. While I think we will score and score a lot on them, i’m not quite sure what they are going to do on offense. Are they going to just try to run clock and pound the ball at us? I just don’t know.
One things for sure, this is the 3rd easiest game on our schedule. I get that there’s new schemes we are going against a conference opponent for the first game. But if we want to get where we want to go, we need to win by two scores. I get it, the goal is just get out of Champaign with a win, but we gotta play well. We have to put it on them.
Nebraska 34 Illinois 21