With the help of some passionate college football fans in the world of the internet, TCR will be simulating every Illinois football game this season using EA Sports' NCAA Football '14. We've downloaded updated rosters and the team depth charts will be changed on a week-by-week basis to reflect what we'll see on the field. We'll also check the weather forecast to mirror the expected conditions at kickoff.
Last season, our simulations predicted the correct outcome 70% of the time.
Week 3: Illinois Fighting Illini (3-1) @ Nebraska Cornhuskers (2-2)
Not since the days of Coach Robert Zuppke have the Fighting Illini knocked off Nebraska...and that was back in 1924. This year, the story is a bit different as both Illinois and Nebraska have new coaches at the helm of their teams. Through the non-conference schedule, Nebraska has faced 2 tough losses to the BYU Cougars and the Miami-Florida Hurricanes (BYU on a Hail Mary, and Miami in OT). Illinois has only had one blunder, a 48-14 beatdown by the North Carolina Tar Heels. With both teams needed a win this week to start their conference schedules off strong, who would come away with a victory?
First, let's see how both teams are rated:
Illinois Fighting Illini
- Overall: 79
- Offense: 83
- Defense: 78
- Overall: 84
- Offense: 88
- Defense: 80
Final Score: Illinois 44, Nebraska 41