Free Week 2 Prediction: Leathernecks vs. Fighting Illini Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 2
(0-0) Western Illinois Leathernecks vs. Illinois Fighting Illini (0-0)
Date: Saturday, September 8th 2018
Time: 7:30 pm EST
Venue: Memorial Stadium, Champaign, Illinois
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It is week two of the college football season and that means there are a lot of FCS vs FBS showdowns and that is the case in this game.
In this one the game features two teams from the Land of Lincoln when the Western Illinois Leathernecks take on the Illinois Fighting Illini.
These two teams have played twice before and the Leathernecks haven’t been able to score a point.
Western Illinois Leathernecks
The Western Illinois Leathernecks have played one game so far this year against Montana State and although they kept it close they couldn’t close it out in the end losing by three points.
One of the problem for the Leathernecks is they didn’t play great on the offensive end. They only had 164 yards passing and if they want any chance to pull the upset in this game they are going to need to be better.
On the defensive end they are actually pretty good and held Montana State under 100 yards passing which fits well against the Fighting Illini.
In this game the defense needs to be good to start. If the defense is strong early they will have a chance to win against the big brother.
Illinois Fighting Illini
On the other side of this matchup is the Fighting Illini who have low expectations for this season and they should be even lower after how they played the first game.
They took on Kent State, a team that only won two games last year and they only came away with a seven point win. The Fighting Illini are a team that is going to really try and pound the rock early and in the first game of the season they had 284 yards on the ground.
On the defensive side they let the Golden Flashes run wild putting up 454 total yards and that isn’t going to bode well the rest of the season.
In this game the defense needs to play well. If the defense struggles and lets the Leathernecks stick around it could cause some serious issues.
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To be honest this game isn’t my favorite and I have zero idea what to expect out of the Fighting Illini.
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I think the Leathernecks will keep it close early but in the second half the Fighting Illini will find a way to pull it out.
Week 2 Free Score Prediction: Illinois 27 – Fighting Illini 17
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