Illinois vs. Purdue Predictions

Illinois vs. Purdue Predictions

MY PREDICTION

PURDUE 21       ILLINOIS 7

How poor has the Illini offense been this season? In ten games, they have failed to score double digit points in half of them. Take away that waste of time against Charleston Southern, and the Illini are averaging just 13.8 points a game. It's even worse when you just talk about the Big Ten games (10.5 ppg). We are finding out the hard way how hard it is to win games when you can't score. It doesn't matter how good the defense or special teams play, if you can't score in a game where points determine the winner, you won't win.

It doesn't seem to matter who the Illini play either. Whether it's a good defense or a bad one, Illinois can't do anything on offense. Why should it be any different against Purdue?

The only thing that seems out of the ordinary defensively with Purdue when looking at their games this season is the 44 points they gave up to Minnesota. Like Illinois, the Boilermakers are having a less than stellar season, but that doesn't mean that haven't been competitive. They lost at Notre Dame by only three points, they took Ohio State to overtime before falling, and just last week they got their first Big Ten win this season at Iowa.

While Purdue sits at 4-6, their record as you can see can be a bit misleading. A play here or a play there and they could be a .500 team or better. With Illinois and Indiana to finish the regular season, they still have a chance to become bowl eligible. I don't know how this team will fair against the Hoosiers next week, but Saturday I think they get win #5.

Also, I'm trying to think, but to my knowledge there has only been one time this season when the Illini won against the spread (week 1 against Western Michigan). I don't think they're was anything on the Charleston Southern game, so I'm not including that one. This week, the Illini are anywhere between 4.5 to 7 point underdogs to Purdue. Based on history, it makes sense to pick Purdue by at least seven points. Let's hope the Illini can break this streak.

What do you guys think? Do the Illini finally win a Big Ten game, or does Purdue bring Boiler Order to Champaign? Let me know with your thoughts and predictions below. Talk to you guys after Saturday.

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Bwp 5P wrote on November 15, 2012 at 7:11 am

SIGH.................

 

Boilers 24

Illini 9

mvillini wrote on November 15, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Boy, this one really hurts !!  Boilers 24, Illini 10.

wdallen wrote on November 15, 2012 at 8:11 am

I-N-I!


Illini 21


Purdon't 17


Going down with the ship...

jruss62 wrote on November 15, 2012 at 9:11 am

ILLINI - 24


Purdue - 23


Not really sure why I'm picking Us maybe basketball has me thinking wins


play with guts and effort just long enough to get the W


 

bookworm24 wrote on November 15, 2012 at 9:11 am

Purdue 24

Illinois 10

illiniearl wrote on November 15, 2012 at 9:11 am

Illini  17

Purdue  30

 

dealmaker21 wrote on November 15, 2012 at 10:11 am

Boilermakers 30

Illinois 10

Maybe we get lucky and get a pick 6.Thank god this season is almost over. 

illini4 wrote on November 15, 2012 at 10:11 am

I don't think anybody really cares at this point. 

aaeismacgychel wrote on November 15, 2012 at 10:11 am

Purdue: 20
Illinois: 3

tonyjb37 wrote on November 15, 2012 at 11:11 am
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Purdue  28                            Illinois  14

bwg99 wrote on November 15, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Illinois jumps out to an early 14-0 lead with a trick play or two and some lucky bounces with Hawthorne playing both ways.  The offense then fails to produce the rest of the game and Purdue steadily comes back for the win.

Purdue 21
Illinois 14

touchdown_illinois wrote on November 15, 2012 at 12:11 pm

I've seen noticable improvement the past two weeks, but not enought to derail the Boilers.

PU 24
UI 7

As another poster said above, Sigh...

Mike Goebel wrote on November 15, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Nothing makes me think Illinois can win this week. Purdue 28, Illinois 17

wincer_85 wrote on November 15, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Illinois was actually in the game until the end (well, pretty much) last week. How about that? One thing that kind of bothered me: I was at the Minnesota game. With 5 mins left and down 7, Illinois turned the ball over on downs. So illinois goes on defense, down 7, 5 mins left, and all 3 timeouts....and fans start leaving. I know the team has underachieved greatly this year and the game didn't really matter, but i feel if you stayed that long, make some noise for your defense to get a stop/turnover? Can't really blame fans for leaving early the way this season has gone, however.

Onto the purdue prediction. I'm going with the upset this weekend! Why? I don't know. It's senior day, purdue is beatable, and illinois has looked better the last 2 weeks.

Purdue: 14

Illinois: 17

ehsfan wrote on November 15, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Purdue 23 Illini 7

buckhunter2 wrote on November 15, 2012 at 2:11 pm

illini   24

purd  21

Eric 22 wrote on November 15, 2012 at 2:11 pm

I have made a prediction every week and sit in last in the standings because of my hope for better days....way change with two games left!

Ill-24  Pur-20

P.S. I have no idea how we get 3 TDs without getting to close to the end zone to run our offense or without somehow losing the ball before we get there, but like I said "HOPE" and I don't mean the Purdue coach!

STUMPWALSH wrote on November 15, 2012 at 3:11 pm

We are on a roll, be it downhill, I see nothing stopping our train or Purdue's.

PURDUE-29

ILLINOIS-7

Happy Thanksgiving to all Illini next week.  Thank goodness this football season is almost over,something I never thought I would ever wish for! 

Worra_89 wrote on November 15, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Purdue: 28

Illini: 7

 

This season can't end fast enough. 

bluk5 wrote on November 15, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Illini 7


Purdue 0

penniless wrote on November 15, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Holy Cow it was close, yes we have no bananas.    Purdue  24  Illini   21     Last chance Girls

Railsplitter wrote on November 15, 2012 at 5:11 pm

dON'T ASK ME WHY. Illini24 Purdon't 20

geriatricillini wrote on November 15, 2012 at 5:11 pm

If PU hadn't won last week at Iowa I might have picked us in this one...nah, no I wouldn't..."just a passing fancy in my midnight dream"...(a quote from a Steve Miller Band number...anyone know who they were...haha)

Boilermakers   22

Illini   12

Reillini wrote on November 15, 2012 at 5:11 pm

I N I


Illini-17


PU-14


I won't be at this home game and they have played a bit better. Those two things make me think its upset Saturday in Champaign


 Go Illini

mdonsbach wrote on November 15, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Boilers - 35

Illini - 7

mayer773 wrote on November 15, 2012 at 7:11 pm

Illini 21

PU 17

yellowjacket wrote on November 15, 2012 at 7:11 pm

This is an easy one to pick.

Purdue 21   Illini  14

ILLINI04 wrote on November 15, 2012 at 8:11 pm

Boiler Up--28

 

ILLINI-20

illini82 wrote on November 15, 2012 at 8:11 pm

I'm worn out. Can't wait for next year....to end already.


Anyone want 3 tickets to another crapfest?


Purdon't:  24 


Illannoy:   10

pblillini wrote on November 15, 2012 at 10:11 pm

Us - 6

Purdon't - 27

Blech.

JoeK82 wrote on November 15, 2012 at 11:11 pm

Purdue 28

Illini 10 

 

 

den85 wrote on November 16, 2012 at 12:11 am

Boilermakers 24

Illini  17

dave1956 wrote on November 16, 2012 at 1:11 am

Purdue   50

pitiful Illini 6

 

Scheelhause completes 24 out of 30 passes for 77 yards and no touchdowns. longest pass completion will be for 12 yards.

unfortunately he will trip over his own feet and give himself a concussion. he will rush 15 times for a plus 5 yards.. he will throw 3 interceptions and fumble twice. Asked why He played Nathan so much Coach Beckman indicated that nathan gave his team the best chance to win. 
 

Beckman says after the game that he is determined to see what went wrong  and to fix things.

blmillini wrote on November 16, 2012 at 2:11 pm

Maybe next year...

Purdue - 34

Illinois - 14

bernies wrote on November 16, 2012 at 7:11 pm

Purdue 28, Illini 14. Enough said...

wilson577 wrote on November 17, 2012 at 8:11 am

Ill 21
PU 20

Illinois will need a defensive touchdown plus another turnover to score 21.

tstephens7 wrote on November 17, 2012 at 8:11 am

PU 24

UI 10

Bart34 wrote on November 17, 2012 at 8:11 am

Illini 17

(have no clue how we get 17 without scoring a offensive touchdown, maybe a pick 6 and a fumble?)

Boilers 14

(we held Minne to 1TD till late so maybe . . .). 

 

Wow I must be out of my mind or the eternal optimist.  My wife says I'm both

Have a wonderful thanksgiving and remember its only a game. 

Moonpie wrote on November 17, 2012 at 11:11 am

As long as Little Nathan is the "QB" -- no chance.

rks2333 wrote on November 17, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Illini - 13

PU - 24

dcimino wrote on November 17, 2012 at 1:11 pm

We should really be breaking out scoring by unit, and this week I expect our defense to outscore our offense.

Illinois Defense: 7 (on a turnover)

Illinois Offense: 3

Purdue (Total): 21 (7 scored on an interception).

You heard it here first.

jimbo2009 wrote on November 17, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Illini 75


Purdue 69


Oh you're still talking about football!!!!  WHY?  In that case.....JFLers  3.......Boilers 28.


Ten games into the season and I see no improvement since week #1.