2012 Illinois vs. Indiana Football Pregame

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Who will receive their first conference win?

October 26, 2012

Illinois (2-5, 0-3) return to Memorial Stadum for the first time in four weeks to host the Indiana Hoosiers (2-5, 0-3) as part of the University of Illinois’ 102nd Homecoming celebration on Saturday (11 am CT, BTN). Illini have played 28 games after a bye in the modern era and are 11-17 in those contests.

A pair of teams still winless in the Big Ten Conference Leaders Division try to get their seasons back on the right track when the Illinois Fighting Illini host the Indiana Hoosiers on Saturday afternoon. Indiana’s season started off very well with a pair of wins over non-conference foes Indiana State (24-17) and UMass (45-6), but since then it has gone into a tailspin with five consecutive losses. The Hoosiers’ three losses in league play have come in hard-fought battles against very good teams in Northwestern (44-29), Michigan State (31-27) and Ohio State (52-49). Still, they have gone just 3-25 against Big Ten opponents since the start of the 2008 season. On the other hand, Illinois is in the midst of a four-game losing streak, falling most recently to Michigan on Oct. 13, 45-0. Unlike the Hoosiers however, the Illini have not shown much promise in their games, with all five of their losses coming by 14 points or more. They have scored a pair of wins at Memorial Stadium, although they came against obviously inferior competition (24-7 versus Western Michigan, 44-0 versus Charleston Southern).

KEYS TO THE GAME
Indiana must contain Illinois’ rushing attack and force the Illini to become one-dimensional. That means doing a better job of bottling up the read-option play that is a staple of Illinois’ offense and not allowing the Illini to run off the big plays that were so devastating to the Hoosiers when they played Northwestern and Ohio State earlier this year. IU’s defense must create turnovers, and the Hoosiers can’t suffer through offensive brownouts in the fourth quarter. Indiana must be disciplined and limit its mistakes on both sides of the ball.

FUN FACTS
This week’s game marks the 70th meeting between the Fighting Illini and the Indiana Hoosiers. The Illini have won four of the last five against the Hoosiers and hold a 45-21-3 overall series advantage against IU. The Illini won last year’s meeting in Bloomington, 41-20, giving the Illini a 6-0 start to the season.

Illinois coach Tim Beckman has never faced the Hoosiers, while IU coach Kevin Wilson is 0-1 against the Illini.

The last two times the Hoosiers have come to Illinois’ Memorial Stadium, the Illini have put up 55 (2008) and 43 (2010) points in blowout victories.

INJURIES
ILLINOIS
QUESTIONABLE: Defensive end Tim Kynard (10/21, ankle), Kicker Nick Immekus (10/21, undisclosed), Tackle Corey Lewis (10/21, knee)

PROBABLE: Cornerback Terry Hawthorne (10/23, neck), Quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase (10/23, concussion)

OUT FOR THE SEASON: Defensive tackle Jake Howe (10/1, leg) and Linebacker Henry Dickinson (8/26, ankle/leg).

INDIANA
LB Chase Hoobler has returned to practice and could see playing time vs. Illinois this week. He last played in the first quarter in Week Two vs. UMass.

LB Jacarri Alexander has been banged up and missed last week’s game, but he is expected to be back this week.

HOMECOMING FACTS
The first homecoming celebrated on Illinois’ campus was on Oct. 15, 1910, which the Illini won 3-0 over Chicago. This year’s game against Indiana marks the Illini’s 102nd Homecoming.

Illinois has an all-time record of 44-55-2 on Homecoming.

This year will mark the seventh time overall and the second time in the last three years that the Illini have hosted Indiana on Homecoming. Illinois is 4-2 all-time in Homecoming games against the Hoosiers.

Oct. 23, 2010: Illinois 43, Indiana 13

Oct. 7, 2006: Indiana 34, Illinois 32

Oct. 25, 2002: Illinois 45, Indiana 14

Oct. 17, 1970: Indiana 30, Illinois 24

Oct. 16, 1965: Illinois 34, Indiana 13

Oct. 28, 1950: Illinois 20, Indiana 0

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