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Know Thy Opponent 2020: Illinois Fighting Illini

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What are these guys all about?

Redbox Bowl - California v Illinois Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

2019 Record: 6-7

Bowl Result: Loss to Cal 35 to 20 in the RedBox Bowl

SB Nation Blog: The Champaign Room

All Time Series: Illinois Leads 44-45-6

Last Purdue Win: 2018, 46 to 7

Last Illinois Win: 2019, 6 to 24

Head Coach: Lovie Smith, 15-35 Overall Record at Illinois

Illinois Offense: After one week, where they got their teeth kicked in, it truly is hard to tell. Brandon Peters did not look good throwing the ball, but did an okay job on read option. Illinois in the past under Lovie has been a run first team, this year should stay the same after what I saw from them against Wisconsin, Peters was awful throwing the ball, going 8 of 19 for 46 yards.

Illinois Defense: Again, similar to the offense, there is not much to go off of. Wisconsin, with their back up quarterback, Grant Mertz, threw all over them, Mertz caught national attention. As we all know, first hand, Wisconsin is a run you over team, but they must have seen something in the Illinois secondary, they torched them.

Bad news for Illinois, is our best group is at wide receiver and if Rondale Moore plays it gets even better. Look for a pass heavy offense as usual, especially with Coach Jeff Brohm back, who I suspect won’t be as run heavy as his brother.

Game Outlook: Overall, I see Purdue with advantages on all three phases of the game. Offensively I think we are better than what they have on defense. We will have the best player on the field at all times. Whether it is David Bell on offense or George Karlaftis on defense. Special teams, I give us the advantage there as well. Brooks Cormier did a nice job last week punting and J.D. Dellinger made all of his kicks.

Way too early prediction:

Purdue 34 Illinois 17