Illini Football 2022

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Dan

Admin
Illini Football 2022 (8-4, 5-4)
DateOpponentResult
Sat, Aug 27WyomingW 38-6
Fri, Sep 2at IndianaL 23-20
Sat, Sep 10VirginiaW 24-3
Thu, Sep 22ChattanoogaW 31-0
Sat, Oct 1at WisconsinW 34-10
Sat, Oct 8IowaW 9-6
Sat, Oct 15MinnesotaW 26-14
Sat, Oct 29at NebraskaW 26-9
Sat, Nov 5Michigan StateL 23-15
Sat, Nov 12PurdueL 31-24
Sat, Nov 19at MichiganL 19-17
Sat, Nov 26at NorthwesternW 41-3

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Joel Goodson

dawgville
Made Nicole Auerbach's Top Ten ($, The Athletic): https://theathletic.com/3743539/2022/10/30/college-football-rankings-top-10-polls/

10. Illinois (7-1)

The Fighting Illini are 7-1 and alone atop the Big Ten West standings with a 4-1 league record, which means they have a clear path to their first-ever Big Ten championship game appearance. If they beat Purdue on Nov. 12, they can endure a loss to Michigan (likely their only remaining game in which they won’t be favored) and still win the West. That’s quite a cushion for Bret Bielema’s team.

I’m not worried about Illinois looking too far ahead, because this program has handled all of its success so far this season with aplomb. The Illini methodically overcame an early deficit at Nebraska on Saturday and pulled away from the inferior Huskers. It was a mature road win, doing the dirty work and taking care of business against a team playing for an interim coach.

Quarterback Tommy DeVito manages this offense so well, making very few mistakes and getting the ball where it needs to be. He averaged 8.1 yards per pass on Saturday to complement a rushing attack that burned up clock even if it was moving a little less efficiently than we’re used to seeing. Chase Brown is one of the best running backs in the country and is made more valuable by his ability to handle a heavy workload: He finished with 32 carries for 149 yards and a touchdown and added a receiving touchdown, too. The Illini defense remains one of the nation’s best, particularly against the run. Bielema knows how to develop players and push the right buttons, and he’s got something special rolling in Champaign.
 
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Mr. Tibbs

southeast DuPage
remember when we were about to play Wiscy and many (most) of us were just hoping to get through those next 4 B10 games at 2-2, with a wild hope for 3-1.
well, it feels pretty good to get through at 4-0.

if we win the West . as expected, is there anyway BB is not B10 COY?
I would think his main competition for national COY is Heupel, and Tenn would need to lose a couple in the next 4 weeks for BB to overtake him

its simply incredible what has taken place on the field , and its not tricks or luck. It just good old fashioned smash mouth football on both sides of the line
 
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remember when we were about to play Wiscy and many (most) of us were just hoping to get through those next 4 B10 games at 2-2, with a wild hope for 3-1.
well, it feels pretty good to get through at 4-0.

if we win the West . as expected, is there anyway BB is not B10 COY?
I would think his main competition for national COY is Heupel, and Tenn would need to lose a couple in the next 4 weeks for BB to overtake him

its simply incredible what has taken place on the field , and its not tricks or luck. It just good old fashioned smash mouth football on both sides of the line
I’ve been ignoring tennessee because it’s not a real place to me, but I decided to open my mind and watch them last night. Holy **** they are good. WOW.

I think Heupel has the inside track as much as it pains me to say it.
 
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lstewart53x3

Scottsdale, Arizona
Looking at the upcoming Purdue schedule.

We probably want them to win the Iowa game, yeah? To make that game against Purdue as big as possible.

Because if we lose to Purdue and Michigan, Purdue would have to lose to Iowa and one of Indiana/Northwestern for us to still win the West.

Unlikely that Purdue has the talent to beat us, but lose 2 of their remaining 3.

So let’s make Purdue a massive game and crush ‘em ✊🏼
 
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Looking at the upcoming Purdue schedule.

We probably want them to win the Iowa game, yeah? To make that game against Purdue as big as possible.

Because if we lose to Purdue and Michigan, Purdue would have to lose to Iowa and one of Indiana/Northwestern for us to still win the West.

Unlikely that Purdue has the talent to beat us, but lose 2 of their remaining 3.

So let’s make Purdue a massive game and crush ‘em ✊🏼
Anything can happen. If Aiden O'Connell misses a game, they could lose to anybody.
 
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mhuml32

Cincinnati, OH
Offensive Plays Per Game
2021: 67.7 (93rd)
2022: 77.7 (12th) (!!)

Offensive Yards Per Game
2021: 326.9 (111th)
2022: 397.6 (60th)

Offensive Yards Per Play
2021: 4.8 (109th)
2022: 5.1 (88th)

Rushing Yards Per Game
2021: 170.8 (53rd)
2022: 203.4 (21st) (!)

Yards per Pass Attempt
2021: 5.8 (121st)
2022: 6.3 (102nd)

Average Time of Possession
2021: 29:19 (83rd)
2022: 35:45 (2nd) (!!!)

Third Down Conversion Percentage
2021: 37.99% (76th)
2022: 37.96% (69th)
 
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mhuml32

Cincinnati, OH
Opponents Points Per Game
2020: 34.9 (94th)
2021: 21.9 (25th)
2022: 10.1 (1st) (!!!!)

Defensive Yards Per Game
2020: 467.3 (113th)
2021: 366.6 (43rd)
2022: 240.4 (1st) (!!!!)

Defensive Yards Per Play
2020: 6.3 (104th)
2021: 5.1 (31st)
2022: 4.0 (t-1st) (!!!!)

Opponents First Downs Per Game
2020: 24.6 (116th)
2021: 21.1 (70th)
2022: 12.7 (2nd) (!!!)

Yards per Pass Attempt
2020: 8.9 (118th)
2021: 7.1 (43rd)
2022: 5.2 (1st) (!!!!)

Third Down Conversion Percentage
2020: 43.00% (89th)
2021: 35.33% (27th) (!)
2022: 25.77% (2nd) (!!!)
 
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DeonThomas

South Carolina
Opponents Points Per Game
2020: 34.9 (94th)
2021: 21.9 (25th)
2022: 10.1 (1st) (!!!!)

Defensive Yards Per Game
2020: 467.3 (113th)
2021: 366.6 (43rd)
2022: 240.4 (1st) (!!!!)

Defensive Yards Per Play
2020: 6.3 (104th)
2021: 5.1 (31st)
2022: 4.0 (t-1st) (!!!!)

Opponents First Downs Per Game
2020: 24.6 (116th)
2021: 21.1 (70th)
2022: 12.7 (2nd) (!!!)

Yards per Pass Attempt
2020: 8.9 (118th)
2021: 7.1 (43rd)
2022: 5.2 (1st) (!!!!)

Third Down Conversion Percentage
2020: 43.00% (89th)
2021: 35.33% (27th) (!)
2022: 25.77% (2nd) (!!!)
Wow - who in the heck was coaching this team in 2020?
 
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What’s the general ceiling for a team with a top tier defense and a mid tier offense?

We are pretty much trying to be the good Wisconsin and Iowa teams from the past, right? Beat the teams we are supposed to beat, almost always lose the games against elite opponents (occasional upsets), and hope and pray that we don't have to play tOSU in the championship.
 
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TDV is 150/218 on the year for 72.5% comp %, thrown for 1,594 yards, and a QBR of 150.2. He’s currently 25th in career passing yards. With potentially six games remaining, if he throws for 200 yards each game, he’d wind up right around 2,800 yards on the season. That would be the 9th best single season, and maybe most impressively, in 14th place for career passing. A single season and he could be as high as 14th all-time.

A great season for Tommy to be sure, but also reminded me how much mediocre QB play we’ve had to endure through the years!

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