University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign Illini
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#109 Illinois 58.5
vs. #110 Purdue -9.5

Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 12:00pm EDT
Ross-Ade Stadium, West Lafayette
Written by Scott Reichel
Week nine of college football continues as Illinois travels to Ross-Ade Stadium to take on Purdue on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 12:00 P.M. This will be the 95th meeting between these two teams with Purdue winning each of the last three meetings. Specifically, Purdue managed to win last season's lone meeting on the road by the score of 46-7.

Illinois Looks To Build Off Of Last Week's Shocking Upset

The Illinois Fighting Illini have been a pleasant surprise so far this season. Despite still having a losing record, oddsmakers only thought that Illinois would only win around four games. However, Illinois has already won three games including a shocking upset against #6 Wisconsin last week at home. In that game, Illinois trailed by nine points with less than six minutes left before rallying to win by one point on a field goal as time expired. Now, Illinois is an underdog once again and it will look for another conference upset in this game. Leading the Fighting Illini offensively is junior quarterback Brandon Peters who has looked good so far this season. Specifically, he has thrown for 971 passing yards and 12 passing touchdowns. In addition, Peters also has two rushing touchdowns. However, Peters only has completed 56.1% of his passes so he has been a bit inaccurate as a whole. If Peters plans on playing even better moving forward, he will need to be more precise with his throws. Illinois' biggest threat on defense is junior linebacker Jake Hansen who has been great through the first seven games of the season. Specifically, he has one interception and 3.5 sacks. In addition, he also has a whopping seven forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. Last week, Hansen had six solo tackles along with two forced fumbles so he will look to continue knocking the ball loose on Saturday.
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