Illinois (5-3, 3-2) vs. Michigan (5-3, 1-3): 11 a.m. central time/ESPN

Football Field Forecast: Predicting Illinois at Michigan, Game Nine


Writing Illini takes a stab at tomorrow’s Illinois-Michigan matchup.

Illinois is on fire after two dominant wins against conference opponents, with both victories by at least 30 points.

Those last two victories marked the first time an Illini team registered consecutive 30-point wins since 1944 and the first time that it has won consecutive Big Ten games by 30 or more points since 1914.

Let’s Go Bowling

With a win tomorrow in Ann Arbor, Illinois will become eligible for its first bowl game since the 2007 Rose Bowl.

Here is a look at how Illinois has fared in its past bowl games.

  • 1947 Rose Bowl

Illinois defeated UCLA 45-14 in the first Rose Bowl between the Big Ten (Big Nine at the time) and the PAC 10.

  • 1952 Rose Bowl

Illinois defeated Stanford 40-7 to move to 9-0-1 on the season and secure the school’s last national championship.

  • 1964 Rose Bowl

Illinois defeated Washington 17-7 as it moved to 3-0 in Rose Bowl games.

  • 1982 Liberty Bowl

Illinois was defeated by Alabama 21-15 as the Illini suffered their first Bowl loss.

  • 1984 Rose Bowl

UCLA avenged its ’47 loss by handling the Illini 45-9.

  • 1985 Peach Bowl

Illinois falls just short of the upset as Army squeaks out a 31-29 win.

  • 1988 All-American Bowl

Florida defeated Illinois 14-10.

  • 1990 Citrus Bowl

Illinois defeats Virginia 31-21 to move back to .500 in bowl games. It is the last time the Illini would be even.

  • 1991 Hall of Fame Bowl

Clemson shuts out the Illini 30-0.

  • 1991 Sun Bowl

Illinois loses to UCLA 6-3 in the Sun Bowl.

  • 1992 Holiday Bowl

Illinois loses to Hawaii 27-17.

  • 1994 Liberty Bowl

Illinois posted its only bowl shutout as it destroyed East Carolina 30-0.

  • 1999 Micron PC Bowl

Illinois remained perfect over Virginia as it posted its largest bowl win in a 63-21 trouncing of the Cavilers.

  • 2002 Sugar Bowl

Illinois fell to LSU 47-34.

  • 2008 Rose Bowl

A surprise season found Illinois in the Rose Bowl again against a dominant USC team that just missed out on the National Championship game. Illinois would fall 49-17.

Illinois’ all time bowl record:

6-9

Writing Illini Projection

While Illinois has proven in its past two games that it is capable of putting up some big numbers against opponents, the Wolverines have as well.

In the first quarter, Illinois will run the ball a lot as it tries to lure the inexperienced Michigan secondary in.

Michigan will score first as Robinson breaks away for one of his trademark “shoelace” plays.

Illinois answers with a strong drive capped off by a touchdown from its elusive quarterback, redshirt freshman Nathan Scheelhaase.

The second quarter will see Illinois pull away as Robinson is picked off and Illinois converts the interception for points.

Illinois goes into the half up by a touchdown.

Michigan will come out of the half strong, as its desperation to end a three-game losing streak propels two quick scoring drives. Illinois will fight back to tie the game as both teams head to the fourth quarter.

Illinois will score first in the fourth quarter, taking a lead and the momentum away from the Wolverines.

Michigan will kick a field goal to pull with in four, but Illinois kicks a late field goal to go back up by a touchdown and then seals the game with another key turnover.

Illinois gets its 6th win of the season and becomes bowl eligible for the first time since 2007.

Final Score

Illinois 38, Michigan 31

Illini Game MVP Prediction

Mikel Leshoure

Wolverine Game MVP Prediction

Denard Robinson

Some Predictions from the Credentialed

Local Media

Bob Asmussen: (News Gazette): Illinois 31, Michigan 21

Tom Young: (News Gazette): Illinois 38, Michigan 28

Metro Media

Scott Powers (ESPN-Chicago): Illinois 31, Michigan 24

National Media

Adam Rittenberg (ESPN): Illinois 35, Michigan 21

Alright.

Tomorrow’s kickoff is set for 11:00 a.m. central time.

The game is on ESPN.

Writing Illini will have its play-by-play blogging and drive updates on its Twitter page.

Until then.

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    Illinois will fight back to tie the game as both teams head to the fourth quarter.