Illinois @ Northwestern Predictions



It would nice if this team could end the season on a good note, but the odds of that happening are very slim. It's just been one of those years to forget, and you have to wonder how much the coaches and the players are looking forward to getting this season over with and starting over.

Would a win against Northwestern make us feel better about the season? Probably not. There is so much negativity floating around right now that a 50 point win wouldn't do anything to get rid of it. Don't get me wrong, the negativity is understandable, and with the way things are looking right now, you have to wonder when things might actually get better. When will we be good enough to make a bowl game? Furthermore, when we get back to that point, can the coaching staff take advantage of that success and get some solid players in here? Can they ride the momentum of a good season? That's been difficult to do around here.

Meanwhile, the Wildcats could win 10 games this season. Pat Fitzgerald has Northwestern playing pretty good football. They've suffered a couple of close losses, but at 8-3, Wildcat fans have to be happy with what they are seeing.

That shouldn't change Saturday. Look for Northwestern to protect the home turf and get their ninth win in the regular season.

What do you guys think? Will the Illini stun everybody and get their first win since September, or will it be nine straight losses to end the season? Let me know with your thoughts and predictions below.

Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and hope you have a chance to enjoy the outstanding weather we appear to be getting Thursday. Talk to you guys after the holiday.


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dave1956 wrote on November 21, 2012 at 11:11 am

Northwestern 66

illinois               3


Scheelhouse will be 5 for 27 with 4 interceptions. finish the year with 5 touchdowns and 28 interceptions

mvillini wrote on November 21, 2012 at 11:11 am

After being a season ticket holder for 67 years ( yes == SIXTY-SEVEN ), I decided to give them up this year. Good move, huh ? Saw this all coming. Anyway, one last prediction -- Cats 35, Illini 9.

aaeismacgychel wrote on November 21, 2012 at 12:11 pm

The ridiculous and buffoonish "rivalry" Beckman tried selling everyone on to make his mark on the program only adds more fuel to thefire as Northwestern goes out and clownstomps Illinois in humiliating fashion. From the little brother Illinois fans would cheer for outside of the Illini games to the younger adult who'd give us a competitive game and we'd all go out for beers afterward, to the folks shoveling dirt on our casket. We're not good enough to be a rival to Northwestern, Coach Timmy. How sad is that?

Northwestern: 38
Illinois: 10

And that might be not giving Northwestern enough credit...

JoeK82 wrote on November 21, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Northwestern 38


Happy Thanksgiving and I am thankful for the football season to be over!

penniless wrote on November 21, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Its over for now.No conference wins 2012. Beckman 2013 conference games,same old story.Thomas, please turn the page.High powered NU  44   Illini 10  HOW CAN THAT EVER HAPPEN???

wincer_85 wrote on November 21, 2012 at 2:11 pm

Illinois almost pulled off the win last week but not quite. Northwestern has had a bit of a surprising, good season. Most people thought they'd go to a bowl game and be solid, but maybe not 8-3 at this point. It doesn't really matter because Illinois doesn't have much of a chance to win this one. Sad. Kinda feel bad for the seniors who passed up going pro last year to come back this yr.


Illinois: 17

Northwestern: 37

geriatricillini wrote on November 21, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Illini  8

Wildcats   34

Hey, at least we can try to get that 2 point conversion...I, too, am thankful it's over for 2012...2013 will be very, very interesting to wonder about when next August rolls around, won't it?

STUMPWALSH wrote on November 21, 2012 at 3:11 pm

I am thankful this season is almost over, Our in state rival is going to unleash 2 years of anger in a beatdown on the Illino.     



Mike Goebel wrote on November 21, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Northwestern 20, Illinois 9

mayer773 wrote on November 21, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Illini 28

NU 17

Illini football - Expect the unexpected...


dealmaker21 wrote on November 21, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Wildcats 30

Illini 6


finally it's over.  BTW, you can replace a coach in the first year if you don't see them getting better, and not getting recruits, or you can set new records in consecutive Big 10 losses.  Your Pick Mike Thomas.  Hint:  If you can find someone you change, otherwise, you wait the 3 years when the "wait until he has his players" runs out.

ehsfan wrote on November 21, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Fitzgerald hates the U of I, and he wants to revenge the losses to U of I in the last two meetings. He will run up the score.

NU 42 Illini 7

Reillini wrote on November 21, 2012 at 6:11 pm




Well, giving away my ticket didn't help last week. Maybe I was grasping.Like someone else said its pay-back time from Northwestern...

Go Illini

Wait till next year

buckhunter2 wrote on November 21, 2012 at 7:11 pm

nw    42

ill       7

touchdown_illinois wrote on November 21, 2012 at 10:11 pm

Thanks Tom for running this.  It's made the lousy season more bearable...

NU 38

UI 7

NU won't let up and it'll get ugly early. 

illiniearl wrote on November 22, 2012 at 12:11 am

Northwestern 52

Illinois 13

Let's get er over with and move on to basketball predictions.

Bwp 5P wrote on November 22, 2012 at 7:11 am

Wildcats 41

Illini 10


Finally over!

tonyjb37 wrote on November 22, 2012 at 8:11 am
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Northwestern   31                 Illinois  6

jruss62 wrote on November 22, 2012 at 11:11 am

Illini- 3

Northwestern- 35

how about that basketball team

tstephens7 wrote on November 22, 2012 at 12:11 pm

NU 34

UI 10

Railsplitter wrote on November 23, 2012 at 7:11 am

Since I'm out of the running I'll pick with my head instead of my heart. So..... Northwestern 7934264 ... Fighting Illusions ..... Well they just stay in the locker room I mean why come out to play the game if you don't have a QB on the roster ( at least not one that gets to play) . Gimme a break.

Bart34 wrote on November 23, 2012 at 9:11 am

Illini 27

NW 52

really impressed with the Illini in Hawaii - attitude and effort was exceptional

IlliniOllie wrote on November 23, 2012 at 10:11 am

 - NU 58

 - Illinois 20

 - The other three Illinois fans and I start the "WAIT 'TIL B-BALL!" chant with 14:55 to go in the 1st quarter.

If we had seen any evidence that this team wouldn't fold up the tent at the first sign of adversity during the B1G season, I might think that there was a chance, but I think this one gets ugly in a hurry. This feels like it'll go the way of the 61-23 beatdown that Northwestern put on the Dustin Ward-led Illini in 2000.

pblillini wrote on November 23, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Northwestern doesn't like us, and we don't like them.  This one won't be pretty, as I expect Fitzy to keep the pedal to the floor.

Northwestern - 52

Fighting Beckmans - 17

Thank God for John Groce.

bwg99 wrote on November 23, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Northwestern 31
Illinois 10

Eric 22 wrote on November 23, 2012 at 6:11 pm

Can not control the big plays from NU.

Ill 17 - NU 42

yellowjacket wrote on November 23, 2012 at 8:11 pm

Finally, the season can be laid to rest.

Northwestern 28  Illini 10

ILLINI04 wrote on November 23, 2012 at 10:11 pm

Bad Guys-34



Until next year...


Worra_89 wrote on November 24, 2012 at 10:11 am

Nu:21 Illini:10


After second thought...changed my prediction from 38-7 to 21-10.  A little closer in a rivalry game....

rks2333 wrote on November 24, 2012 at 3:11 am

Illini - 13

NU - 27

wilson577 wrote on November 24, 2012 at 7:11 am

Ill 17
NW 27

den85 wrote on November 24, 2012 at 9:11 am

Northwestern 54

Illini. 17


blmillini wrote on November 24, 2012 at 9:11 am

Here's hoping it gets better next season.

Northwestern - 39

Illinois - 10

bernies wrote on November 24, 2012 at 10:11 am

Northwestern 28, Illini 7