Are you ready for the Lovie Smith era? Of course you are — you’ve been waiting five months for this day! The 127th season of Fighting Illini football will begin on Saturday afternoon, as the Murray State Racers (FCS) come to town for a non-conference matchup.
Here’s all the information you’ll need to catch the game. For a more in-depth look at Illinois’ opponent, make sure to check out our Week 1 preview.
How to Watch Illinois vs. Murray State
Game Time: 2:30pm CT (2:42pm CT kickoff)
TV Channel: Big Ten Network
Online Streaming: If you subscribe to the Big Ten Network as part of your cable package you can watch a live stream on BTN2Go.
Radio: All Illinois football games air live on radio in the Champaign (WDWS 1400) and Chicago markets (WSCR 670). The game is also broadcasted on other stations throughout the state; check the Fighting Illini Radio Network for more information.
Latest Odds: Illinois has been designated as a 33-point favorite for today's game. The over/under has also been set at 63.5 points.
Head Coach: Lovie Smith (0-0)
Top Returning Passer: Wes Lunt (2,761 YDS, 14 TD, 6 INT)
Top Returning Rusher: Ke’Shawn Vaughn (723 YDS, 6 TD)
Top Returning Receiver: Malik Turner (510 YDS, 3 TD)
|Date||Opponent||Proj. S&P+ Rk||Proj. Margin||Win Probability|
|Projected wins: 5.0|
|Five-Year F/+ Rk||-9.1% (79)|
|2- and 5-Year Recruiting Rk||67 / 60|
|2015 TO Margin / Adj. TO Margin*||4 / 0.7|
|2015 TO Luck/Game||+1.3|
|Returning Production (Off. / Def.)||56% (74%, 38%)|
|2015 Second-order wins (difference)||4.8 (0.2|