Illinois vs Chattanooga Prediction, Game Preview, How to Watch. Week 4, Thursday, September 22
Illinois vs. Chattanooga how to watch
Date: September 22, Thursday
Game time: 8:30 ET
Venue: Memorial Stadium, Champaign, Illinois
How to watch: BTN
Record: Illinois (2-1), Chattanooga (3-0)
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Illinois vs. Chattanooga Game Preview
Why Chattanooga will win
The 3-0 Mocs are good enough to pull it off, mainly because they have lines that can hold up against the tough Illini.
The offensive front is great in pass protection, the pass rush is fantastic, and the run defense is not allowing anything yet. Illinois is better up front on both ends, but it’s unlikely to be able to dominate.
Chattanooga doesn’t make a ton of mistakes, has enough explosion to come up with some big plays, and again, the O’s have a line to work with to get RB Eilim Ford moving.
On the other hand, Illinois has penalty issues, lacks a passing game in the middle of the field, and has had a big, big problem with putting cookies in the basket — not finishing drives with points very well.
Why Illinois will win
Illinois has balance.
Running the passing game has been a problem for past Illini teams, but former Syracuse QB Tommy DeVito has solved the position. The running game is excellent behind a strong line, DeVito is capable of making third down throws and has 645 yards rushing and 672 rushing so far on offense.
It may not be an exciting style, and there may not be a ton of flashes, but this is an efficient offense and a strong team that went 3-0 during one late stop against Indiana.
Chattanooga might keep it that close, but the Illini won’t be intimidated. They are great at stopping plays – they hold the ball for 36 minutes per game.
What will happen
Chattanooga is going to make it interesting.
He’ll get up early, he won’t let the game get out of hand, and he’ll match Illinois until the dam finally breaks midway through the second half.
Don’t get caught up in the final score against an FCS team. This will be a methodical, good win before going to Wisconsin.
Illinois vs. Chattanooga Prediction, Line
Illinois 27, Chattanooga 17
Line: ARRIVE, o/u: ARRIVE
ATS Confidence out of 5: COMING
Illinois vs. Chattanooga is a must-see. Rating (out of 5): 2.5
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