On Saturday morning, Illinois football (5-4, 3-3) returns home to Memorial Stadium for its final home game of the 2010 season.
The Illini will look to notch their 6th win and ensure a postseason bowl game.
The atmosphere at Memorial Stadium should be electric as the home crowd attempts to cheer Illinois on to bowl eligibility for the only the second time in the Ron Zook era.
Minnesota (1-9, 0-6) may be having a terrible season but still has many talented players.
As Illinois proved to the Gophers last season, just because a team has been struggling does not mean it can not put together a late season upset.
Yesterday was Veterans Day, and Writing Illini would like to take the time to thank all of the men and women in uniform who are serving our country.
As most Illinois fans know, Illinois’ Memorial Stadium was named in honor of those who served and died in the first World War, and its name continues to honor all those who serve our country in the armed forces.
This Saturday is Illinois’ last home game of the season.
Here is a list of all the seniors on the team who will be playing their last home game at Memorial Stadium.
Writing Illini Projection
Illinois will jump out early in this game and never look back.
After a week of dealing with the criticism and what-ifs from Michigan, Illinois will take out its frustrations on a Minnesota team that has been tripping over itself backwards all season.
Illinois will score twice in the first quarter as the offense fires on all cylinders.
After a Minnesota turnover early in the second quarter, offensive coordinator Paul Petrino will dial up another one of his trick plays that worked well early in the season as the Illini go up by 21.
Minnesota will make a field goal as time expires to put points on the board, but Illinois will be clearly in control at the break.
Both teams will struggle to move the ball early in the third before Illinois running back Mikel Leshoure breaks out a big run late in the quarter for another score. The Illini will later add a pick six.
Up big, Illinois will put in its second unit during the fourth quarter, and Minnesota will get two scores in garbage time, but the game will not be as close as the final score leads people to believe.
Illinois 38, Minnesota 17
Illini Game MVP Prediction
Gopher Game MVP Prediction
Some Predictions from the Credentialed
→ Bob Asmussen: (News Gazette): Illinois 34, Minnesota 10
→ Tom Young: (News Gazette): Illinois 35, Minnesota 20
→ Adam Rittenberg (ESPN): Illinois 31, Minnesota 16
Tomorrow’s kickoff is set for 11:00 a.m. central time.
The game is on the Big Ten Network.
Writing Illini will have its play-by-play blogging and drive updates on its Twitter page.
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