With the cancellation of the Northwestern-Minnesota tilt today, Iowa was officially eliminated from contention for the Big Ten West crown. But that doesn’t mean the Hawkeyes don’t have anything left to play for. Iowa travels to Champaign today to take on the Illinois Fighting Illini. Both teams are riding hot streaks with the Hawkeyes winning their last four and Illinois winning two in a row before their matchup with Ohio State was cancelled a week ago.
But it’s Iowa who is currently riding a 6-game winning streak over Illinois in the series. The Hawkeyes will look to make that 7 in a row today as they hope to correct inconsistencies at the quarterback position and lean into a strong running game and top notch defense. Illinois will be looking for a similar recipe as they hope to get their first win over Iowa since 2008.
As we start the countdown to kickoff, here’s everything you need to know about today’s matchup.
Who: Iowa Hawkeyes (4-2) at Illinois Fighting Illini (2-3)
When: 2:30 pm CT
Where: Memorial Stadium - Champaign, IL
Forecast: Sunny, temps in the low-40s, dropping to the 30s after half with winds 5-10mph
Video Streaming: FoxSportsGo.com
Radio: Hawkeye Radio Network (click to find your local station)
Audio Streaming: TuneIn Radio
Betting Line: Iowa -13.5, O/U 51
As you count down to kickoff, be sure to check out all of our coverage from throughout the week. You can easily access everything Penn State related in the Iowa at Illinois Game Center.
Below are a few key items from throughout the week:
Preseason Opponent Preview: Hawkeye Football Opponent Preview: Illinois
Opponent Season Preview: In Their Own Words: Illinois
Matchup to Watch: Iowa’s Secondary vs. Brandon Peters
Stats to Watch: Iowa Football Stat to Watch: Illinois
Game Preview: Iowa Football Opponent Preview: Illinois
Staff Predictions: The Pants Predicts: Iowa vs Illlinois
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