Our 'experts' predict Illini sweep

Our 'experts' predict Illini sweep


Each week, our panel of “experts” — sports writers, radio talent, former Illini greats and the boss at the N-G — will try their hand at 10 college games. This week, all eight went with Illinois to beat Southern Illinois.

 

Meet the panelists

Bob Asmussen: N-G football writer

John Beck: N-G executive editor

Matt Daniels: N-G football writer

Tim Ditman: WDWS talent, HQ football blogger

Marcus Jackson: N-G basketball writer

Kurt Kittner: Former Illini great, radio analyst

Martin O’Donnell: Former Illinii great, radio analyst

Steve Kelly: Host of “SportsTalk” on WDWS 

 

Week 1 games

Southern Illinois at Illinois

Georgia at Clemson

Northwestern at California

Boise State at Washington 

Syracuse vs. Penn State

Mississippi State vs. Oklahoma State

Northern Illinois at Iowa

LSU vs. TCU

Purdue at Cincinnati

Louisiana-Lafayette at Arkansas

 

Bob Asmussen, News-Gazette

Illinois over SIU

Georgia over Clemson

Northwestern over Cal

Boise State over Washington

Penn State over Syracuse

Oklahoma State over Mississippi State

Northern Illinois over Iowa

LSU over TCU

Cincinnati over Purdue

Arkansas over Louisiana-Lafayette

Comment: My advice. Take these picks, go to Vegas, go against me and be

set for life. Thank me later.

 

John Beck, The News-Gazette

Illinois over SIU

Clemson over Georgia

Northwestern over Cal

Washington over Boise State

Penn State over Syracuse

Oklahoma State over Mississippi State

Iowa over NIU

LSU over TCU

Cincinnati over Purdue

Arkansas over Louisiana-Lafayette

Comment: In year two of the Beckman era, Illini need to prove they can win some games. This is the easiest game on the schedule.

 

Matt Daniels, The News-Gazette

Illinois over SIU

Clemson over Georgia

Northwestern over Cal

Washington over Boise State

Syracuse over Penn State

Oklahoma State over Mississippi State

Northern Illinois over Iowa

LSU over TCU

Cincinnati over Purdue

Arkansas over Louisiana-Lafayette

Comment: No one wants to imagine the reaction if Tim Beckman’s team loses to the Salukis. Won’t happen. Guaranteed. If it does, I like my crow mildy-seasoned.  

 

Tim Ditman, WDWS

Illinois over SIU

Clemson over Georgia

Northwestern over Cal

Boise State over Washington

Penn State over Syracuse

Oklahoma State over Mississippi State

Northern Illinois over Iowa

LSU over TCU

Cincinnati over Purdue

Arkansas over Louisiana-Lafayette

Comment: You’ll have to really twist my arm to get me to ever pick Iowa.

 

Steve Kelly, WDWS

Illinois over SIU

Georgia over Clemson

Northwestern over Cal

Washington over Boise State

Penn State over Syracuse

Oklahoma State over Mississippi State

Northern Illinois over Iowa

LSU over TCU

Cincinnati over Purdue

Arkansas over Louisiana-Lafayette

Comment: Big game for the Salukis, but the Illini are 12-0 against FCS teams.  

 

Kurt Kittner, WDWS

Illinois over SIU

Georgia over Clemson

California over Northwestern

Boise State over Washington

Penn State over Syracuse

Oklahoma State over Mississippi State

Iowa over NIU

LSU over TCU

Cincinnati over Purdue

Arkansas over Louisiana-Lafayette

Comment: Illini overpower the Salukis

 

Martin O’Donnell, WDWS

Illinois over SIU

Georgia over Clemson

Northwestern over Cal

Washington over Boise State

Penn State over Syracuse

Oklahoma State over Mississippi State

Northern Illinois over Iowa

LSU over TCU

Cincinnati over Purdue

Arkansas over Louisiana-Lafayette

Comment: The dreaded late game on the West Coast for the Wildcats, but Cal changed coaches for a reason after a 3-9 campaign. Venric Mark is electric for the Wildcats.

 

 

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