Each week, the Illini-Nation.com editor will use the air tight, very scientific methodology of drinking heavily and playing NCAA 14 on PS3 on the most difficult setting (Heisman) to predict the outcome of Illinois’ upcoming game. The last real chance for the Illini to snap their B1G losing streak was not to be thanks to the defense’s inability to get a crucial stop in the fourth quarter.
The booze: I drank a bunch of Bulleit bourbon and was shitcanned during this game. That’s probably why I couldn’t play defense at the end.
I’ll cut to the chase. This game went back and forth in the first half and it was 14-14 at halftime. I had a number of nice offensive plays. My first score was capped off after a 17-play drive that used most of the second quarter.
I had a really nice day with Josh Ferguson, but Purdue seemed to always have an answer. Again, I’m blaming the booze.
The Boilermakers took a 24-14 lead late in the game. With 1:18 left, I returned the kickoff for a touchdown with V’Angelo Bentley. It was awesome. The onside kick failed (of course) and Purdue ran out the clock.
I actually think Illinois will win this game Saturday. Purdue is dreadful. We’re talking far worse than the Illini. However, Illinois better not think it can just stroll in and be handed the win. It’s Senior Day in West Lafayette, Ind., and those kids are going to be fired up. I don’t want to go against our prediction model (it’s been pretty good this year, to be honest), but I’m still going to say 30-20, Illinois. Then again, who really cares?