HQ football prediction: UI 52, Indiana 49

HQ football prediction: UI 52, Indiana 49

QUARTERBACKS
2    Nathan Scheelhaase    6-3    205    Sr.    Kansas City, Mo.

7    Nate Sudfeld    6-5    232    Soph.    Modesto, Calif.

Edge: Illinois. Scheelhaase is on pace to have the best single-season passing numbers of his career at Illinois. And he is running more recently, giving defenses another option to consider. Sudfeld should split time with Tre Roberson, but Scheelhaase is coming off a solid game at Penn State. Indiana’s two quarterbacks were a bit inconsistent against Minnesota.

RUNNING BACKS
6    Josh Ferguson    5-10    195    Soph.    Naperville

6    Tevin Coleman    6-1    204    Soph.    Tinley Park

Edge: Indiana. Coleman should surpass 1,000 career yards Saturday. He has a great burst once he receives the ball and should like his chances of possibly having his first career 200-yard rushing game against Illinois. Three backs already have eclipsed that total this year. Coleman could become the fourth.

RECEIVERS
9    Steve Hull    6-2    200    Sr.    Cincinnati
8    Miles Osei    6-0    195    Sr.    Mount Prospect
80    Spencer Harris    6-3    205    Sr.    Greenwood, Ark.

1    Shane Wynn    5-7    168    Jr.    Cleveland        
3    Cody Latimer    6-3    215    Jr.    Dayton, Ohio
13    Kofi Hughes    6-2    216    Sr.    Indianapolis

Edge: Indiana. Hull, Osei and Harris all had productive games against Penn State. Outside of Hull, though, Illinois doesn’t have that game-breaking wideout like Indiana does. Wynn, Latimer and Hughes have combined for 18 receiving touchdowns this year. Enough said.

TIGHT ENDS
3    Jon Davis    6-3    240    Jr.    Louisville, Ky.

83    Ted Bolser    6-6    247    Sr.    Cincinnati

Edge: Illinois. Bolser is a bona fide receiving target (279 yards on 28 catches, five TDs). Davis gives Illinois a chance for multiple looks, and Matt LaCosse could split out wide or line up with his hand on the ground. Illinois needs more from Evan Wilson, who hasn’t caught a pass in Big Ten play.

OFFENSIVE LINE
68    Simon Cvijanovic    6-5    310    Jr.    Cleveland
74    Michael Heitz    6-5    305    Jr.    Vermont
52    Alex Hill    6-3    315    Jr.    Slidell, La.
69    Ted Karras    6-4    300    Soph.    Indianapolis
70    Corey Lewis    6-6    315    Sr.    Cresco, Pa.

78    Jason Spriggs    6-7    294    Soph.    Elkhart, Ind.    
73    Bernard Taylor    6-2    297    Jr.    Detroit
64    Collin Rahrig    6-2    285    Jr.    South Bend, Ind.
70    Jacob Bailey    6-5    301    Fr.    Carmel, Ind.
62    Ralston Evans    6-4    287    Soph.    Indianapolis

Edge: Indiana. Hoosiers have given up 11 sacks, tied for fourth in the Big Ten. Illinois has surrendered 19, tied for eighth best with Michigan. Costly penalties against the Illinois offensive line the last two games haven’t helped matters for a unit that is playing significantly better than last year, though.

DEFENSIVE LINE
59    Tim Kynard    6-3    270    Sr.    Toledo, Ohio
93    Teko Powell    6-3    295    Soph.    Miami
44    Austin Teitsma    6-2    290    Jr.    Glen Ellyn
55    Houston Bates    6-3    250    Jr.    Covington, La.

25    Ryan Phillis    6-3    261    Jr.    Boardman, Ohio
95    Bobby Richardson    6-3    279    Jr.    Tampa, Fla.
93    Ralphael Green    6-5    315    Fr.    San Antonio
56    Nick Mangieri    6-5    262    Soph.    Peoria

Edge: Indiana. The emergence of Powell the last two games gives Illinois an athletic, disruptive player who wasn’t there previously. Indiana’s best pass rusher, defensive end John Laihinen (4.5 sacks) doesn’t start, but he’ll likely see the field for numerous plays.

LINEBACKERS
45    Jonathan Brown    6-1    230    Sr.    Memphis, Tenn.
43    Mason Monheim    6-1    235    Soph.    Orrville, Ohio
34    Mike Svetina    6-2    230    Soph.    Brunswick, Ohio

42    David Cooper    6-1    233    Jr.    Lilburn, Ga.
2    T.J. Simmons    6-0    229    Fr.    Lakeland, Fla.
4    Forisse Hardin    6-1    219    Jr.    Louisville, Ky.

Edge: Illinois. Brown’s three sacks lead Illinois, and his 10.1 tackles per game lead all Big Ten defenders. Monheim and Svetina each had solid games against Penn State. Indiana’s unit is short on experience and doesn’t have a difference-maker like Brown, although Hardin has forced three fumbles this year.

SECONDARY
2    V’Angelo Bentley    5-10    190    Soph.    Cleveland
9    Earnest Thomas    6-2    210    Jr.    Orchard Lake, Mich.
21    Zane Petty    6-1    190    Jr.    Corning, Calif.
27    Eaton Spence    6-0    185    Soph.    Belle Glade, Fla.

24    Tim Bennett    5-9    184    Jr.    Columbus, Ga.
37    Mark Murphy    6-2    210    Jr.    Akron, Ohio
9    Greg Heban    6-1    200    Sr.    Muncie, Ind.
17    Michael Hunter    6-1    187    Soph.    Monroe, La.

Edge: Indiana. If Bentley can’t go, look for Darius Mosely to start for the third consecutive game. Thomas and Petty are coming off strong games at Penn State, but the interceptions haven’t materialized for Illinois. Indiana only has five, which isn’t much, but four more than Illinois, and Heban is a player Illinois will have to be wary of.

SPECIAL TEAMS
17    Taylor Zalewski (K, KO)    6-3    220    Soph.    Orland Park
18    Justin DuVernois (P)    6-1    190    Jr.    Plantation, Fla.
54    Zach Hirth (LS)    6-4    220    Fr.    Eureka, Mo.
86    Tim Russell (Holder)    6-6    235    Sr.    St. Charles
2    V’Angelo Bentley (KR, PR)    5-10    190    Soph.    Cleveland
8    Miles Osei (KR, PR)    6-0    200    Sr.    Mount Prospect

16    Mitch Ewald (K, KO)    5-10    176    Sr.    Naperville
36    Eric Toth (P, Holder)    6-3    206    Soph.    Indianapolis
91    Matt Dooley (LS)    6-4    252    Jr.    Phoenix
12    Stephen Houston (KR)    6-0    230    Sr.    Little Rock, Ark.
1    Shane Wynn (PR)    5-7    168    Jr.    Cleveland

Edge: Indiana. Zalewski has quietly put together a solid season. DuVernois usually has one forgettable punt a game. If Bentley is back, the edge might go to the Illini. But Ewald is the most prolific field goal kicker in school history, and Wynn has the potential to take every kick back for a touchdown.  

COACHES
Tim Beckman    At UI (5-15)    Overall (26-31)

Kevin Wilson    At Indiana (8-24)    Overall (8-24)

Edge: Indiana. The tenures of both coaches might not be long at their current schools if the losing continues. Wilson likely will wind up with another losing record because Ohio State and Wisconsin are still on the Hoosiers’ schedule. But the high-octane offense he brought to Bloomington, Ind., from his stay at Oklahoma is keeping games close into the fourth quarter.


Prediction: Illinois 52, Indiana 49

Beckman made like Joe Namath after the Penn State loss and proclaimed Illinois will get a Big Ten win this year. What the heck. We’ll have what Beckman’s having this week. That’s right. Illinois ends its 18-game conference losing streak, getting its first win since Sept. 28 against Miami, Ohio (right). A balanced offensive approach works well for Illinois, which enjoys the bus ride back to Champaign. (N-G record: 7-1)
 

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tonyjb37 wrote on November 08, 2013 at 9:11 am
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You are wrong Matt! Indiana definetly wins this one in convincing fashion!

DaisyJ wrote on November 08, 2013 at 5:11 pm

A lot of story about a NON story,,,the game is a featherweight contest. THE BEST TEAM IN ILLINOIS IS NORTHERN, AND CAN beat either team with ease.

For Scheel, having all these passing records, well that is meaningless in the end...does not put people in the stands,,,unless they win.