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    Illinois at Iowa, Saturday, November 23rd, 11:00am CT, BTN

    I’d rather have Iowa after a win than Iowa after a loss, though I don’t really like them either way.
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    Illinois at Iowa, Saturday, November 23rd, 11:00am CT, BTN

    With Penn State - Ohio State already locked in for Big Noon Saturday on FOX and no other super compelling B1G matchups, odds this is a BTN night game? Would be fun, but I'm not sure I want Kinnick under the lights...
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    Pregame: Illinois vs Rutgers, Saturday, November 2nd, 2:30pm CT, BTN

    Great win today, just take care of business against Rutgers. Preferably, take care of it so well that Lovie can rest a ton of guys in 2H.
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    Pregame: Illinois at Purdue, Saturday, October 26th, 11:00am CT, BTN

    I hate this matchup on paper, mostly because Lovie's never proven he can handle a spread offense. Then again, he hadn't proven he could beat anybody before yesterday...maybe it's a year of firsts? I do like the Tony Adams to CB move a lot. I still have lots of worries about safeties and LBs in...
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    Illinois 24, Wisconsin 23 POSTGAME

    Oh, right. THAT's why we do this.
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    2019-20 Coaching Discussion/Carousel

    I'd happily take either Norvell. While I do like the possibility of Monken and the triple-option (while not preferred) isn't a deal breaker for me, I do think the system implementation on either side of his tenure is worth considering. One shred of positivity I think we overlook in this...
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    Pregame: Illinois at Minnesota, Saturday, October 5th, 2:30pm CT, BTN

    I've stuck around so long hoping for some sign of evolution from this staff & team, but there hasn't been a single one. Hoping the best for the guys, but this will be a record and watch if it's close. I'm not sure how much longer the team can sustain being stomped without rolling over. Most...
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    Nebraska 42, Illinois 38 POSTGAME

    Just a really bad game again. Without a ton of fumble luck this is another 63-17 loss. Rod Smith continues to outthink himself. Brandon Peters still can't handle a blitz. Lovie...at least he's not going to have anybody to blame but himself. He's had a dozen chances to change and decided not...
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    Pregame: Illinois vs Nebraska, Saturday, September 21st, 7:00pm CT, BTN

    I just worry that Nebraska does everything Illinois can't seem to figure out. On defense, they blitz constantly. Peters struggled against that with EMU, and Illinois' offense got totally shut down by that last year (Purdue is the big example that leaps to mind). On offense, they've got a good...
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    Pregame: Illinois vs Nebraska, Saturday, September 21st, 7:00pm CT, BTN

    MSU is going to be the stupid game we win, and only because Corbin can break one on anybody and MSU apparently can't score on tackling dummies.
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    Pregame: Illinois vs Nebraska, Saturday, September 21st, 7:00pm CT, BTN

    Don, if this team had ever played a B1G game without mental mistakes during Lovie's tenure, I'd be inclined to agree with you! But there's a lot of things this team hasn't done a single time over four years. 1. Successfully defend a read-option QB 2. Get through a game without significant...
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    Pregame: Illinois vs Nebraska, Saturday, September 21st, 7:00pm CT, BTN

    Oh man, how I wish this team would run a 3-4—especially against these read-option spread schemes. The LB corps is better than the DL, our current DL is well suited to those roles, and we have several tweeners like Shogbonyo and Mondesir that are made for a 3-4 OLB role. I'd love to see...
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    2019-20 Coaching Discussion/Carousel

    Guys, are we serious with this Bret Bielema talk? He rode Alvarez's coattails to the top at Wisconsin (building essentially nothing himself) and was mediocre at best at Arkansas. He's notorious for being a total jerk, so I'm surprised when it's insinuated he could compile a strong staff. I...
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    Pregame: Illinois vs Nebraska, Saturday, September 21st, 7:00pm CT, BTN

    I think Illinois will score plenty but probably get 60-balled. Lovie Smith has never stopped a read-option offense. Nebraska has the WRs to tear up an injured and bad secondary. We might finally have LBs who could chase down Martinez to limit big gains, but I’m not sure they have the discipline...