College Football 2019: 5 (Potentially) Stupid Big Ten Predictions

College Football 2019: 5 (Potentially) Stupid Big Ten Predictions

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College Football 2019: 5 (Potentially) Stupid Big Ten Predictions

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3. Illinois will go bowling

Since getting obliterated 49-17 by USC to close out the 2007 season in the Rose Bowl, Illinois has been to a grand total of four bowl games in 11 years.

The 2014 Illini went to the Heart of Dallas Bowl – and got whacked by Louisiana Tech to finish with a losing season.

Before that, the previous bowl the program went to was your 2011 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, and while it won, it did it over a UCLA team that finished 6-8.

Lovie Smith has grown a nice beard since taking over, and he’s been going with an apparent youth movement in each of his three seasons – on the way to a 9-27 record – but now there’s finally going to be a wee bit of a payoff.

Illinois is going to go bowling.

Yeah, that Illinois.

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The Illini will beat Akron. It’ll win at UConn. It’ll beat Eastern Michigan. There’s the brutal non-conference slate to deal with.

They’ll also win at home against Rutgers – that’s four wins.

Forget what the semi-official prediction really is … they’ll find a way to get two more wins.

They could get by Northwestern at home in the regular season finale – they lost last season in a 24-16 fight.

They could have a wild offensive day like they did in the 55-31 win over Minnesota.

All it will take is two more wins for a program that’s way, way, way overdue for two breaks.

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