Illinois Fighting Illini vs Indiana Hoosiers 9/2/2022 Predictions and Caesars Sportsbook Promo

September 2, 2022

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On Friday, the Illinois Fighting Illini face the Indiana Hoosiers in a Big Ten game to open the college football season for both sides. The last matchup between Illinois and Indiana occurred on November 11, 2017, when Indiana defeated Illinois 24-14.

Prior to this game, the Fighting Illini won their season opener against the Wyoming Cowboys with a convincing 38-6 victory. Meanwhile, the Hoosiers have not played a competitive football game this season.

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Why bet on the Hoosiers?

✅ Indiana has hired Walt Bell as its offensive coordinator, who has experience coaching at eight different schools and should make the Hoosiers offense more of a threat.

✅ QB Jack Tuttle is expected to take a leap forward for Indiana this season, starting with this season opener against Illinois. Tuttle has not thrown 100 passes in a season yet in his career, and will finally get the keys to the Hoosiers offense this year, where we should see him improve.

✅ Transfer running backs Shaun Shivers and Josh Henderson should make an immediate impact for the Hoosiers. Henderson averaged over 5.0 yards per carry in limited action at North Carolina, while Shivers did the same at Auburn before joining Indiana. Expect both to play a more significant role right off the bat in the Big Ten.

Teams:  Illinois Fighting Illini vs  Indiana Hoosiers
When: Friday, September 2, 2022, at 8:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Memorial Stadium, Bloomington, INMemorial Stadium, Bloomington, IN
Betting Pick: The Hoosiers to win Moneyline @ -125

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Illinois Fighting Illini vs Indiana Hoosiers

Illinois Fighting Illini

The Illinois Fighting Illini looked very good on the offensive side of the ball during their game against Wyoming last week. They gained 477 yards of total offense and 26 first downs. The team's run game was the main story of the game.

The Illini were able to gain 260 rushing yards in the game, as it was able to continue gashing its opponents on the ground. It was also able to protect the ball well, as it was able to end the game with zero turnovers. This is very important for the team as it can avoid giving away free possessions to its opponents.

Tommy Devito will likely start as QB against the Hoosiers. In the last game, Devito recorded 27 passing completions from 37 attempts with two passing touchdowns. RB Josh McCray, who suffered a knee injury, was confirmed to be out for the upcoming game, and QB Donovan Leary was also out indefinitely with an undisclosed injury.

Indiana Hoosiers

The Indiana football team went 2-10 last season, as they were dominated by Big Ten opponents. Their offense struggled, as they only averaged 290 yards per game.

Through the transfer portal, the team improved its skill position talent. Coach Tom Allen is now supported by new offensive coordinator Walt Bell to improve the offense. Either Connor Bazelak or Jack Tuttle are expected to start at quarterback, as they have been competing for the position all summer.

The team's defense also had issues last season, as it allowed 384.3 yards of offense per game. In 2021, they gave up 235.7 passing yards per game and 148.7 on the ground. To improve the team's defense, the university has hired Chad Wilt as its new defensive coordinator.

Wide receiver D.J Matthews Junior, who suffered a knee injury, is doubtful to start the game against the Fighting Illini.

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