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Old Oct 21, 2017, 04:29 PM   #1
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Illinois vs Wisconsin
Saturday, October 28th
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Line: Wisconsin -26


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Old Oct 21, 2017, 06:29 PM   #2
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Going to be ugly.......... but lets get the experience
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Old Oct 21, 2017, 06:31 PM   #3
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Wisconsin LOL
Illinois 10
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Old Oct 21, 2017, 06:48 PM   #4
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As much as Wisconsin runs the ball and Illinois cant stop the run I suspect the spread to be 28
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Old Oct 21, 2017, 07:08 PM   #5
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As much as Wisconsin runs the ball and Illinois cant stop the run I suspect the spread to be 28
I'd be tempted to take Wisky and give the points, but maybe they play their second and third string the entire second half and we score a few easy points.

I had very low expectations, but thought we would more competitive than we have shown so far.
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Old Oct 22, 2017, 04:24 PM   #6
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Looks like the Illini may be in for a pretty good pasting.
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Old Oct 22, 2017, 04:43 PM   #7
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Early Line opens Wisky -24.5

This top 5 team can run the ball averaging 256 yards a game with a solid ground attack. The Badgers will stick to their strength in pounding the ball all day long.

Illinois defense is struggling mightily to stop the run- Rutgers ran wild with 274 yards did I just say Rutgers? I don't see Illinois having any hope to stop Wisky on the ground and they could rush for over 400 yards in this game.

But wait- It is a Homecoming game ! Should be a great crowd for sure.

My prediction is Wisconsin 38 ILLINOIS 10
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Old Oct 22, 2017, 04:51 PM   #8
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Over/under rushing yards allowed: 450
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Old Oct 22, 2017, 04:53 PM   #9
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Early Line opens Wisky -24.5

This top 5 team can run the ball averaging 256 yards a game with a solid ground attack. The Badgers will stick to their strength in pounding the ball all day long.

Illinois defense is struggling mightily to stop the run- Rutgers ran wild with 274 yards did I just say Rutgers? I don't see Illinois having any hope to stop Wisky on the ground and they could rush for over 400 yards in this game.

But wait- It is a Homecoming game ! Should be a great crowd for sure.

My prediction is Wisconsin 38 ILLINOIS 10
500 rushing yards and we can't score a touchdown... 56-3
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Old Oct 22, 2017, 05:18 PM   #10
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500 rushing yards and we can't score a touchdown... 56-3
This has penn st level 69-0 thrashing written all over it. That said, just looking for individual growth.
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Old Oct 22, 2017, 07:31 PM   #11
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Wisconsin is probably not as good as their record and ranking indicate. They have yet to play anyone good. Can we win? Probably not, but I think we can make it less ugly than you would expect.
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Old Oct 22, 2017, 09:21 PM   #12
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500 rushing yards and we can't score a touchdown... 56-3
Yes. Unfortunately.
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Old Oct 22, 2017, 09:43 PM   #13
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One more comment: Do NOT give up on this team and this coaching staff. This is our down year. We're playing an historical number of freshmen. These young players are learning the hard way. But they are learning. And next year and the year after, we're going to get a lot of beautiful payback. So hang in there, all you Illini fans; we are headed in the right direction, but it's going to take some time. This staff knows what they're doing.
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Old Oct 22, 2017, 09:59 PM   #14
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One more comment: Do NOT give up on this team and this coaching staff. This is our down year. We're playing an historical number of freshmen. These young players are learning the hard way. But they are learning. And next year and the year after, we're going to get a lot of beautiful payback. So hang in there, all you Illini fans; we are headed in the right direction, but it's going to take some time. This staff knows what they're doing.
+1. But, we're still going to get throttled this weekend.
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Old Oct 23, 2017, 06:37 AM   #15
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Slow, painful loss. Wisconsin will pound the ball, have long, time consuming scoring drives. Score will be lower than expected IMO, not that we will ever really have a chance.

Growing pains.

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Old Oct 23, 2017, 07:20 AM   #16
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Slow, painful loss. Wisconsin will pound the ball, have long, time consuming scoring drives. Score will be lower than expected IMO, not that we will ever really have a chance.

Growing pains.
I don’t think their drives are gonna take as long as you’d expect for a team that is going to run it 90% of the time.
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Old Oct 23, 2017, 08:49 AM   #17
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One more comment: Do NOT give up on this team and this coaching staff. This is our down year. We're playing an historical number of freshmen. These young players are learning the hard way. But they are learning. And next year and the year after, we're going to get a lot of beautiful payback. So hang in there, all you Illini fans; we are headed in the right direction, but it's going to take some time. This staff knows what they're doing.
No guarantee this team is a lot better in a couple years.
Who is the QB? What is the system they are running? The rest of the big ten is not getting worse.
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Old Oct 23, 2017, 09:44 AM   #18
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No guarantee this team is a lot better in a couple years.
Who is the QB? What is the system they are running? The rest of the big ten is not getting worse.
I'm not certain Kittner could do much else with the offensive line we have.
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Old Oct 23, 2017, 09:48 AM   #19
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No guarantee this team is a lot better in a couple years.
Who is the QB? What is the system they are running? The rest of the big ten is not getting worse.
The line will get better each and every year. That, in turn, will make our QB play better. If we find a better QB, that is a bonus. We will be better, bigger, stronger and more skilled and catching up to the competition. You do get that... right?
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Old Oct 23, 2017, 11:21 AM   #20
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If we find a better QB, that is a bonus.
This isn't a bonus. It is required if we plan on being competitive in the B1G. Hopefully Cam or one of our 2018 recruits develops into a plus QB. Without it, we aren't going anywhere.
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Old Oct 23, 2017, 11:25 AM   #21
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This isn't a bonus. It is required if we plan on being competitive in the B1G. Hopefully Cam or one of our 2018 recruits develops into a plus QB. Without it, we aren't going anywhere.
I don't know about that. Lovie made a Superbowl with a team featuring Rex Grossman and Kyle Orton at QB - two of the worst QBs to ever lead a team to a Superbowl. Most Lovie teams' identities are predicated on great defense and special teams, running the football/ball control offense. A great QB is not required for that - just one that can make reasonably good decisions and not cause too many turnovers.

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Old Oct 23, 2017, 11:55 AM   #22
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I don't know about that. Lovie made a Superbowl with a team featuring Rex Grossman and Kyle Orton at QB - two of the worst QBs to ever lead a team to a Superbowl. Most Lovie teams' identities are predicated on great defense and special teams, running the football/ball control offense. A great QB is not required for that - just one that can make reasonably good decisions and not cause too many turnovers.
Ok...when the great defense and special teams arrive, let us know.
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Old Oct 23, 2017, 12:24 PM   #23
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Ok...when the great defense and special teams arrive, let us know.
Kicker/punter combo right now is pretty decent.
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Old Oct 23, 2017, 12:28 PM   #24
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OC Garrick McGee gives his thoughts on Freshman QB @BillionaireCam_ and his potential.
https://twitter.com/Schuster_Elias/s...27479331479552


Lovie previews Wisconsin





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Lovie: Whenever you get to play a top-five team, it's special.

Lovie: Hopefully Mike Dudek is back this week.

Lovie: We thought (Cam) did some things and gave us a boost running the football.

Lovie: It's about what you need to do to be successful. JGJ is the better passer. Cam doesn't have entire package yet.

Lovie: Bennett is a good football player. Started at FS, he's intelligent and gets it. His strong suit has been playing the pass.

Lovie: (Wisconsin RB) Taylor is one of the best in the country. But it starts out front (for the Badgers). It'll be a challenge.

Lovie: Most coaches would like to see the balance of (Wisconsin offense).

Lovie: Cam (Thomas) has been working and getting reps. The plan was to get him in quickly, and we did.

Lovie: Our matchups are personnel based. We ran 8-man fronts to stop the run.

Lovie: (Christian) DiLauro played his best ball this week. He played at TE on offense, blocking-wise.

Lovie: Cam has excellent speed, and he has a strong arm. He overthrew Dorsey. Just because we have Cam doesn't mean we're gonna run.

Lovie: We don't go in thinking to redshirt anybody, really. Look at our numbers.

Lovie: In an ideal world and a freshman hasn't played, we'd like to redshirt. But if we need them, they're gonna play.

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Old Oct 23, 2017, 12:42 PM   #25
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Ok...when the great defense and special teams arrive, let us know.
You must be one of those people who complain about ice being too cold.

When you get an actual logical outlook on how long and hard a program rebuild is, let me know. Our coaching staff hasn't even been on the payroll for 2 whole years yet.
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