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Iowa vs. Illinois Prediction, Preview, Spread, Channel

Iowa players at lock arms at Kinnick Stadium.


Looking for an Iowa vs. Illinois preview? Stick around. We’ve got all of the pre-game analysis before the Big Ten matchup.

Saturday, Nov. 19, the Iowa Hawkeyes take on the Illinois Fighting Illini. The game, to be played at Memorial Stadium, is slated for a 12:30 p.m. ET start time. Read on for our Iowa vs. Illinois preview.

According to ESPN’s matchup predictor, which is based on its Football Power Index, Iowa wins the matchup between the two teams 79.3% of the time. The spread also favors the Hawkeyes.

Spread: Iowa -10

Game Time: 12:30 p.m. ET

Channel: Big Ten Network

Iowa vs. Illinois preview:

Let's talk about Iowa. The last time Jim Harbaugh led an undefeated Michigan team into Kinnick Stadium (1985), the Hawkeyes won. Well, they've done it again. Iowa was 5-4 on the season entering the game against Michigan, and had lost back-to-back games against Wisconsin and was blown out by Penn State. The win not only turned the Hawkeyes' season around, it made them bowl eligible. With games against Illinois and a banged up Nebraska team, an 8-4 season is very possible.

What to say about Illinois? Well, the Illini did edge out Michigan State for a win. Any other season and that would be an impressive feat. Not this year. Lovie Smith's Illinois team is not very good and has to play a solid Iowa team coming off of a huge win, and a very sturdy Northwestern team that is better than it's .500 record would suggest.

The Hawkeyes and Illini have played 71 times in history, with the Illini holding a 38-31-2 advantage.

Iowa vs. Illinois prediction:

Iowa is going to win. Plain and simple.

The Hawkeyes are the better coached team, no disrespect to Lovie Smith, but the Illini are struggling to put up points, and stop teams from scoring.

Iowa's run game will dominate.

Iowa 34, Illinois 17