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November 18, 2023 @ 09:25 AM

This is where I'm at as well. Until I see it, this Illinois team is just too penalty-ridden to win a game like this. I can see Paddock having a come-back-to-Earth game against this crazy good Iowa defense, their offense played really well last week against a good Rutgers team and looks to be figuring things out (while ours took major steps backwards against Indiana), Feagin being out is an enormous loss to keep us in 3rd and manageable situations, and if Altmyer does play he'd have to have shake off some rust having been out for two weeks. Unless Bielema has some creative wrinkles, our lines play lights out, we control the clock and field position battle, and play 100% mistake-free, I just don't see it happening today.

But MAN would I love to be wrong as I really don't want to go into the Northwestern finale needing a win (against a team that may be in the exact same position).

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