Miami Predictions (hurry up!)

Miami Predictions (hurry up!)

Welcome back.  Did everyone enjoy their bye week?  Good.  Let’s get back to prognosticatin’.

Blog PhotoAs far as the post-bye week state of the Illini address goes, I think things aren’t looking too bad.  Obviously, the news that Dallas Hinkhouse and Christian DiLauro are moving to the D line due to depth issues is never something that you want to hear.  But we knew the Illini were thin on D to begin with, so it’s not shocking.  Overall, I think Loren Tate said it well today on the Saturday Sportsline – the team is coming off a loss, which is never fun, but its confidence was not broken in that loss.  The guys are still in a mindset of having much more left to achieve this season, and I expect that mentality to transfer over to the playing field this coming Saturday.

On the other side of things, I was probably one of the few people outside Ohio that dialed up the Miami-Cincinnati game on ESPN3 today (Don’t worry, I had MSU-Notre Dame on mute on the big screen.).   If you’re a Miami fan, you probably view the game in a glass half full mentality by pointing out that your defense held Cincy scoreless for over three quarters.  But in reality, it was a poorly played game on both sides.  Alas, some things to note as you formulate your prediction – (1) the RedHawks like to run the ball, mixing in some triple option looks.  So like the UW game, tackling in the box will be key for the Illini defense.  (2) MU struggles on third down.  The squad was 0 for 11 on Saturday and is 3 of 40 on the year.  (3)  This isn’t a stat I would hang my hat on if I were involved with a football program,Blog Photo but MU punter Zac Murphy has had a standout year so far, averaging around 50 yards per kick…with a school record 84 yard boot today.

Oh, did you think I wasn’t going to point out that Miami’s quarterback shares his last name with a SCLSU football legend?



In all seriousness, though, the real Boucher did not sugarcoat things after the RedHawks' loss today.



Back to the upcoming game...

My prediction:  Illinois 35, Miami 7

So that’s my view.  Yours is due by kickoff.  Nobody is technically out of the running for the end of the season prize yet, and at a minimum, it’s an opportunity to get the views of your fellow fans and, if you nail the pick, impress your significant other.

Other musings…

  • I don’t think I’ll get in trouble for posting this, but I had this mailer sent my way over the weekend.  So here’s your opportunity to experience…FOR FREE…not only a talented team, but an entertaining atmosphere, highlighted by what’s evolved in recent years into the best student support group on campus, the Spike Squad (yes, better than Krush).  Ironically, the volleyball team actually loses some of its home court advantage when moving to the SFC, due to the fact that the crowd is more spread out.  So a big crowd would go a long way.
  • Speaking of events coming up this weekend, I’m interested to see how successful the Illini hoops kickoff event will go on Saturday.  And that’s not a knock against the DIA marketing folks.  There are just a lot of variables – weather, drivers not knowing to stay away, capacity, etc.  We’ve seen several versions of Midnight Madness in recent years, and none have really been the right fit.  Perhaps this outdoor-style gathering will be the one.  Or perhaps we should just have a no-bells-and-whistles preseason scrimmage every year and call it a day.

Blog Photo-Tim

Coming up Saturday night:  Miami thoughts, prediction standings, & Nebraska predictions

[Boucher photo via whatculture.com, Bobby Boucher & referees audio via YouTube, Austin Boucher audio via muredhawks.com, Hochuli photo via Sports Illustrated]
 

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Railsplitter wrote on September 22, 2013 at 7:09 am

This is my comeback start . Hopefully SOMEONE learned how to tackle . If SOMEONE did the score will be..........ILLINI 34 .......MIAMI..........17

mvillini wrote on September 24, 2013 at 3:09 pm

The boys are starting over, and have a LONG way to go , but this should be a good start. Illini 38, Miami 14.

illiniearl wrote on September 22, 2013 at 9:09 am

We are talking about that Miami school in Ohio, right?   For cryin out loud!


Illini 55


Miami in Ohio 3

conner34 wrote on September 22, 2013 at 10:09 am

Hopefully our defense can start tackling like Bobby Boucher. . . 

Illini 38

Miami 24

Jam wrote on September 22, 2013 at 3:09 pm

Illini 31   Miami of Ohio 17

Bob Patterson wrote on September 22, 2013 at 11:09 pm
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Illinois 27

Miami (Ohio) 14

brownie832 wrote on September 23, 2013 at 9:09 am

ILLINI- 31


Miami OH- 10


 


Go ILLINI!

illini82 wrote on September 23, 2013 at 11:09 am

IL 41

Miami  17

tonyjb37 wrote on September 23, 2013 at 2:09 pm
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Illini 47     Hawks 7

illinibadger wrote on September 23, 2013 at 5:09 pm

UIUC 31, Miami (OH) 16

ILLINI04 wrote on September 23, 2013 at 6:09 pm

ILLINI-45

Miami-Ohio--10

Bwp 5P wrote on September 23, 2013 at 6:09 pm

FIGHTING ILLINI: 41

 

Miami: 10

BleedOandB wrote on September 24, 2013 at 8:09 am

ILL 27


 


Miami 13

Gill52 wrote on September 24, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Hope this is the easiest call all season:  Illini 35   The Little Miami  7

 

krervin2 wrote on September 24, 2013 at 2:09 pm

ILLINOIS 38

Miami (OH) 14

smccaw_11748 wrote on September 24, 2013 at 9:09 pm

45 illini

to 10

 

ddub923 wrote on September 24, 2013 at 10:09 pm

MIAMI (OH)            7

ILLINOIS               31

teachdacc wrote on September 25, 2013 at 4:09 am

Illini 45 Miami 10

jruss62 wrote on September 25, 2013 at 8:09 am

   ILLINI.........35  The Miami of Ohio..........10                                  

buckhunter2 wrote on September 25, 2013 at 8:09 am

ILLINI   49

MIAMI   13

ERE wrote on September 25, 2013 at 2:09 pm
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Miami of Ohio? Great school, but also known as Home of the Gabriels (aka Goebels).

Illini 42, MOH 10

Eric 22 wrote on September 25, 2013 at 7:09 pm

Back in the saddle of good feelings...Ill-35  Miami(university not city Will Smith sings about)-13

walker wrote on September 25, 2013 at 10:09 pm

ILLINOIS  33   MIAMI  6

rbarnes wrote on September 27, 2013 at 1:09 pm

Illini 41 Miami (OH) 17 Tim - I ended up logging on with my other account. Could you please enter this winning pick under by other name touchdown_illinois? Thanks!!

DarrenAlman wrote on September 26, 2013 at 7:09 pm

Miami (OH)  10

Illini  41

mbelcher wrote on September 26, 2013 at 10:09 pm

Illinois   38

Miami   17

Reillini wrote on September 27, 2013 at 6:09 am

These games always scare me.. But I'll be there on Dad's day( Daughter is grad student).

Illini-42

Ohio-17

As always Go Illini

nutleyillini wrote on September 27, 2013 at 7:09 am

Ill 45
Ohio 10

I predict we have a rusher go over 100 yds for th e first time this season.

FonDoc94 wrote on September 27, 2013 at 9:09 am

Illini 48  Miami (OH) 9 

burkejo wrote on September 27, 2013 at 10:09 am

My prediction:


Illini 38


Miami (Oh) 10

Illini-5 wrote on September 27, 2013 at 1:09 pm

Illini - 48

Miami (OH) - 17

sclark wrote on September 27, 2013 at 2:09 pm

Illini 34   Miami 7

kelkaidru wrote on September 27, 2013 at 11:09 pm

UI 33

miami oh 24

robertxc1 wrote on September 28, 2013 at 8:09 am

Illinois:  52

Miami:  10