Iowa vs. Illinois Prediction, Preview, Spread, Channel

first_imgIowa players at lock arms at Kinnick Stadium.@HawkeyefootballLooking 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 -10Game Time: 12:30 p.m. ETChannel: Big Ten NetworkIowa 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,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 -10Game Time: 12:30 p.m. ETChannel: Big Ten NetworkIowa 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:,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 -10Game Time: 12:30 p.m. ETChannel: Big Ten NetworkIowa 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,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 17last_img read more

Sporting coach admits Man Utd target Fernandes could leave

first_imgSporting head coach Marcel Keizer is not sure whether star midfielder Bruno Fernandes will remain at the club amid strong links to Manchester United.Fernandes has been tipped to join the Red Devils throughout the transfer window as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer attempts to rebuild his squad after a difficult campaign last time out.Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka have already signed on at Old Trafford but it is believed Solskjaer wants at least one more player. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? As a result, talk of a switch to Old Trafford for Fernandes has gathered pace with the Premier League season on the horizon.The midfielder’s reaction at the end of Sunday’s 2-1 friendly defeat to Valencia also seemingly offered a hint about his future.The Sporting captain appeared to be in tears in front of his own fans in Lisbon, prompting talk of an imminent departure.Asked about Fernandes – who was in the starting line-up – Keizer admitted he was in the dark about his future.”We’ll see if we can keep our players and then we’ll see what we do,” he told reporters after the game.”I hope he [Fernandes] stays, of course, like everyone else at Sporting, but we don’t know.”Fernandes, who joined from Sampdoria in 2017, has attracted the interest of a number of European clubs after an outstanding campaign for Sporting last year.The 24-year-old scored 31 goals in all competitions and supplied 17 assists as Sporting won two domestic trophies as well as finishing third in Primeira Liga.Reports in Portugal have claimed United are preparing a bid in the region of £56m ($70m) for Fernandes.However, Sporting president Frederico Varandas has been quoted as saying that Fernandes would only be sold for a fee above that figure, meaning there needs to be some tough negotiations ahead if he is to end up at Old Trafford.When asked about Fernandes’ future, Sporting team-mate Luciano Vietto admitted he hopes the former Udinese man will not be tempted away.”He is the most important player of our team; I hope he will continue,” said Vietto, who joined Sporting from Atletico Madrid this month.last_img read more