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Iowa Football Initial Matchup Preview: Illinois

The Hawkeyes and Fighting Illini are playing for bowl positioning at this point. Can Iowa avoid a letdown in a trap game?

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The Hawkeyes are off a win over a top-10 Minnesota team, which has vaulted them up to 17th in the latest College Football Playoff rankings. While that may have Hawkeye fans riding high, Illinois fans are on cloud nine.

The Fighting Illini come into their matchup in Iowa City riding a 4-game win streak and fresh off one of the most absurd comebacks you’ll see (and we all saw Iowa-Indiana in 2009). They’re bowl eligible and playing with house money. Now, they look to get their first win over the Hawkeyes in more than a decade and their first win in Iowa City since 1999.

Here’s your quick preview of Iowa’s matchup with the Fighting Illini.

Opponent: Illinois Fighting Illini (6-4, 4-3)
Rank: N/A
Location: Kinnick Stadium - Iowa City, IA
Kickoff Time: 11:00 AM CT
Preliminary Forecast: Partly Cloudy, High of 43
Tickets: StubHub
Video Streaming: Fox Sports Live & the Fox Sports App
Opening Line: Iowa -12, O/U 48

Series History

The Hawkeyes are looking for their 6th straight win against Illinois.
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