HQ prediction: UI 41, Purdue 32

HQ prediction: UI 41, Purdue 32

Illinois at Purdue

Matt Daniels breaks down the rosters — and picks a winner

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

5    Danny Etling    6-2    218    Fr.    Terre Haute, Ind.
Edge: Illinois. Since Etling assumed the reins from starter Rob Henry, who’s now a backup safety, more than a month ago against Nebraska, he hasn’t wowed the crowd. He has more interceptions (six) than touchdowns (five) and is completing 51 percent of his passes. Scheelhaase is 292 yards from 3,000 for the season.  

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

1    Akeem Hunt    5-9    184    Jr.    Covington, Ga.
Edge: Illinois. Ferguson is close to having 500-plus yards in rushing (554) and receiving (498). Even with backup Donovonn Young’s struggles this year, his 352 rushing yards are 5 more than Hunt, who leads the Boilermakers in that category. Hunt is like Ferguson as he has 343 receiving yards, but Illinois has 14 more rushing TDs than Purdue.

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.

80    DeAngelo Yancey    6-2    200    Fr.    Atlanta
6    Gary Bush    6-0    179    Sr.    Miami

Edge: Illinois. Yancey can stretch the field for Purdue as he’s averaging 20 yards per catch. The emergence of Hull (669 yards on 35 catches, four TDs) is a pleasant sight. Harris and Osei are options that Scheelhaase can go to in a pinch, while Justin Hardee had his most productive game of the season against Ohio State.

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

84    Justin Sinz    6-4    248    Jr.    Edgar, Wis.
Edge: Illinois. Sinz leads Purdue in receiving touchdowns with three. Which isn’t much. He has the second-most catches on the team (28), but the combination of Davis, Matt LaCosse and Evan Wilson is too much for the Boilermakers’ linebackers and secondary.

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.

64    Kevin Pamphile    6-5    315    Sr.    Miami
72    Jason King    6-3    300    Fr.    Little Rock, Ark.
57    Robert Kugler    6-3    284    Soph.    Pittsburgh
70    Jordan Roos    6-5    320    Fr.    Celina, Texas
51    Justin Kitchens    6-4    290    Sr.    Warner Robins, Ga.
Edge: Illinois. A.J. Ricker’s unit will need to cut down on the number of sacks it allowed against Ohio State. But the line this year has allowed Illinois to move the ball consistently. Purdue, meanwhile, has given up 34 sacks, which ranks 11th in the Big Ten and 115th in the country. Not good at all.

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.

90    Bruce Gaston    6-2    310    Sr.    Chicago
61    Ryan Isaac    6-4    292    Sr.    Michigan City, Ind.
91    Greg Latta    6-5    260    Sr.    La Quinta, Calif.    
99    Ryan Russell    6-5    270    Jr.    Carrollton, Texas
Edge: Even. Gaston, a former Chicago St. Rita product and 2009 News-Gazette first-team pick, has a team-high three sacks for the Boilermakers, but he isn’t exactly the disruptive pass force Purdue has consistently churned out in the past. Bates and Kynard each have 2.5 sacks this season, while Powell continues to show improvement each week.

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

39    Joe Gilliam    6-1    225    Jr.    Indianapolis
10    Sean Robinson    6-3    240    Jr.    Springfield

Edge: Illinois. Brown only needs six more tackles to reach 100 for the second time and eight more to reach 300 for his career. His 94 tackles this season lead the Big Ten. Robinson, Purdue’s middle linebacker, started his career with the Boilermakers as a quarterback after having an excellent prep career at Rochester.

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.

21    Ricardo Allen    5-9    186    Sr.    Daytona Beach, Fla.
9    Anthony Brown    5-11    201    Soph.    Tampa, Fla.
4    Taylor Richards    5-10    192    Jr.    Lake Mary, Fla.
24    Frankie Williams    5-9    195    Soph.    Tampa, Fla.
26    Antoine Lewis    5-10    185    Jr.    Chicago
Edge: Purdue. Allen is the player Scheelhaase will want to avoid Saturday. The leader of Purdue’s defense has a team-high three interceptions — or one more than the entire Illinois defense. Allen is also capable of coming downfield and helping with run support, much like Thomas and Petty have needed to do for Illinois.

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

37    Paul Griggs (K)    6-1    200    Soph.    Charlotte, N.C.
30    Thomas Meadows (KO    6-0    182    Soph.    Maidens, Va.
42    Cody Webster (P, Holder)    6-1    205    Sr.    Harrisburg, Pa.
50    Jesse Schmitt (LS)    6-2    250    Jr.    Louisville, Ky.
1    Akeem Hunt KR)    5-9    184    Jr.    Covington, Ga.
8    Raheem Mostert (KR)    5-11    186    Jr.    New Smyrna Beach, Fla.
24    Frankie Williams (PR)    5-9    185    Soph.    Tampa, Fla.
Edge: Illinois. Webster is the Big Ten’s best punter. Griggs is one of the Big Ten’s worst field goal kickers. So that cancels each other out. Bentley will look for his third return touchdown of the year, and Russell is always a threat to throw on a fake two-point conversion or fake field goal.

COACHES
Tim Beckman    At UI (5-17)    Overall (26-33)

Darrell Hazell    At Purdue (1-9)    Overall (17-19)
Edge: Illinois. Beckman doesn’t want to set a precedent for Big Ten coaches at the start of their tenure. If he loses Saturday, he becomes the first Big Ten coach to lose his first 15 league games. Don’t think that will happen, and who knows when Hazell might win his first Big Ten game.

Prediction: Illinois 41, Purdue 32

The Big Ten losing streak ends. Really, it does. Pinky swear. The Boilermakers haven’t topped 30 points once this season. They’ll do so against the worst defense they’ve faced, but Illinois will have more than enough offense to compensate.
N-G record: 8-2

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JimOATSfan wrote on November 22, 2013 at 1:11 am

Here's where the Illini turn the corner. Illinois 48 Purdue 26.

Next up: crush NW for a 2 game streak and the 5 win season = Progress

Then rehire Coach Koening for 750,000 as defensive coordinator in the off season.

Cheers

FonDoc94 wrote on November 22, 2013 at 8:11 am

Illini 34  Purdue 24

pberg wrote on November 23, 2013 at 3:11 pm

The Beckman lovers will be all over this as a sign of progress!! Progress? Really? They barely and I mean barely beat a team worse than they are.  Enjoy another season of Beckball and you will have about 20,000 in Memorial Stadium next year. How do you sell season tickets to this trainwreck