Pregame: Illinois at Kansas, Friday, September 8th, 6:30pm CT, ESPN2

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Joel Goodson

dawgville
Think their D is gonna have difficulty stopping us. I we have ball security, we'll win. Kansas will move the ball, but am assuming our D is gonna impede them more than their D impeding us.
 
#253      
Do we even have white helmets with this new design, though? They certainly weren't in any photos. As I said, I would GENERALLY prefer to stick to a "tight" set of uniforms and have a consistent look, but I will admit that a white helmet with an orange Block I (and navy outline) and a B/O/B stripe could look mighty fine...
In positive news, if we went with the all white approach vs. Kansas' all-black, there are statistical studies out there that suggest a natural tendency by refs to bias penalties against the team wearing the all-black jerseys in a black vs white jersey matchup. I'd take all the help we can get in this one.
 
#255      
Do we even have white helmets with this new design, though? They certainly weren't in any photos. As I said, I would GENERALLY prefer to stick to a "tight" set of uniforms and have a consistent look, but I will admit that a white helmet with an orange Block I (and navy outline) and a B/O/B stripe could look mighty fine...
Maybe we have super double secret white helmets?

Even if we go O/W/W, I’ll be pleased.
 
#256      
Think their D is gonna have difficulty stopping us. I we have ball security, we'll win. Kansas will move the ball, but am assuming our D is gonna impede them more than their D impeding us.
Key will be using misdirection early to spread them out, open up the running lanes to gash them, and using playaction and slants to light them up. Methodical drives down the field ending in touchdowns. If we can do that, eventually our defense will get some stops. We need to do our part though on defense to stop the run and get some pressure on an ailing qb. Hard to throw accurate passes when you're under pressure and have a tight back. Just find a way to get it done.
 
#257      
Game 1 is about working out the kinks. I fully expect Toledo to go 12-1. We will take care of business tonight, but it may be close. After game 2 last year at Indiana, and the rotten reviewed call that they blew for one of our TDs, the college football gods will be on our side tonight. Chief Illini is still mad about that reversed call at Indiana, and wants to make this right. The game last week was sloppy, and we had some bad penalties to keep Toledo close. I fully expect that to be cleaned up tonight.

Illinois 35
Kansas 31
 
#258      

pruman91

Paducah, Ky
Maybe we have super double secret white helmets?

Even if we go O/W/W, I’ll be pleased.
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Lockbox.....Lockbox.....Lockbox........Lock him up ......Lock him up.......Lock him up.....

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Lets go Illini........Lock dem jayhawks up......H*lls Yeah !!!!.....woooooohooooooo.....I'm super cereal....I really really am...It's Gameday..
 
#260      
I predicted a close win last week (albeit with the run game and defense strangling Toledo at the end), and I think Kansas probably isn't as good as we are top to bottom. However, the whole first road trip thing will continue to be a thing until we can consistently ratchet up our early season readiness and preparation. I think we lose a close one.
 
#261      

SuperMetroid

Evanston
I have no feel for this game whatsoever, so I'll go with what usually happens: a game that we can and should win, but Something Stupid (TM) happens and we lose. So...looking forward to one of their O-linemen picking up a fumble and rumbling 60 yards for a TD or an Altmyer pass deflecting off the ref for a back-breaking INT.

KU 33 - 28 ILL
 
#262      
Is that because Jalon can actually throw the ball with some success? If Finn had been a better passer, that Toledo game could have been really ugly for the Illini.
Finn was a really poor passer. Maybe it was my imagination, but he seemed to only throw with his arm and his weight on his back foot even we he didn't have to.
 
#263      
I'm a big believer in BB (wow, that's a lot of B's). As such, I am expecting a significant bounce back in terms of our line play this week. I know Bret will have put that front and center in prepping for this game. And after seeing what LA is capable of, I'm feeling like we take this one.

Illini 35 - Kansas 24

I-L-L!
 
#265      
Good article, except the “defense looks to have taken a step back without quan, spoon, syd and co.”

Very clearly the backfield wasn’t the problem.
Both statements can be true. Opposing OCs had a lot more players to plan & scheme against last year, now more of their attention may be on our DL. And if so, this may free up the new DBs to make plays.
 
#266      
OH boy, I am getting pumped. The (pregnant) wife and I just officially signed the lease for our new 2-bed room in Chicago, so we will be moving from Gold Coast to Roscoe Village in mid-October. So tonight we are going to go check out a few places in that area with some of our friends ... I said my only stipulation is that I am in front of a TV at all times!! Having a few drinks while watching usually heightens the joy of winning AND numbs the pain of defeat ... but every once in a while, it makes every play carry too much weight!

Either way, I have that gameday mood! Let's do this!

I-L-L!

P.S. I actually don't mind the Illini playing on Friday night every once in a while IF it's not at Memorial Stadium ... I think it fundamentally hurts our gameday atmosphere given how many fans we have who presumably come from out of town, but if it's at another team's stadium ... eh, it's nice to have one fewer day to wait!
 
#271      

LJ22

Chicago, IL
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Have to utilize the tight end more this game. 2 for 2 on the first drive last week and never threw to the tight end the rest of the game.
Reiman is good and I agree we don't use him enough. This has been true of many Illini teams, though.

I said after last game: more Reiman and more designed QB runs. I'd love to see it.
 
#275      

pruman91

Paducah, Ky
Disclaimer notice...............pics involved......................

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Howdy boys & girls.....another one of those Friday Night Lights games tonight......I think our last Friday Night game was the stolen loosier missed Illini TD catch .....I might be wrong , as always , I am heavily medded up these days and my memory might be wanting for accurate info.....anywho , LETS GIT IT ON !!!!!!...........woohoooooooooooo,,,,,,I'm stoked fired up , ready to rumble........

Today's music.......well , it has to be the rockin tunes of KANSAS........duh !.........Carry on my Wayward Illini Bro's........

Today's menu...................................

Gayhawk Gizzards / fried to a crispy crisp by the Illini D
Altmyer Air Raid Avocado Dip / dipping into the end zone for 3 Illini scores
I. Williams Won Ton Soup / delicious passes caught for numerous 1st downs
Tip Reiman Leftover Noodles / tasty and 1 catch last week left us wanting more
Bret's No Penalties Pizza / a delicious change from last week's overindulgence of flags
Newton's Penetrating Sack Lunch / open at your own peril jayhawk players

for dessert....................

Great Scott summer Supreme Pie

today's guest chef...............

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pru , I love cooking with you....I really really do.........................

BYOB
BYONL

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Hey guys , i'm just here for pru's tailgating ......OK ??

Illini 31
j-hawks 24


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See you all at the TV screen .................................

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Heavy........................It really really is....................
 
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