The Hawkeyes will be back inside Kinnick Stadium one last time this season when they host Illinois on Saturday. Saturday will be the 77th meeting between Iowa and Illinois. Iowa has won seven in a row and six in a row at home. Illinois’ last victory at Kinnick Stadium dates back to 1999 (40-24), Kirk Ferentz’s first year as Iowa’s head coach. Illinois’ last win in the series was a 27-24 victory at Champaign in 2008.
For the second week in a row, Alex Padilla appears to be the starting quarterback. Spencer Petras injured his shoulder in the fourth quarter against Wisconsin, tried to play against Northwestern, but it was clear he wasn’t healthy enough to be effective.
“I don’t know if anyone in the squad made a big deal out of it, but we all acted like it was their turn, it’s their time,” said the head coach of the Iowa Kirk Ferentz after the game. “He’s the starter this week, and he’s pretty balanced, as you’ve probably seen. I think he did a really good job. He made some good throws. It would have been nice if we could have hit it. the latter to Arland Bruce there, but we’ll see it on tape. Good decisions. The safety part of the ball, played clean soccer. We had the one with Nico Ragaini trying to do a little too much, but like that football games, those things are all important, and we don’t take them for granted. We all have a lot of confidence because he prepares hard and works hard and he really cares. “
Iowa’s Big Ten West title hopes came to an end when they suffered back-to-back losses to Purdue and Wisconsin, but there is a scenario where the Hawkeyes can still be in Indianapolis on December 4. The Hawkeyes will have to win and for Minnesota or Nebraska will defeat Wisconsin on November 27.
Ahead of Saturday’s game, Iowa Football released their depth chart for the Week 12 game against Illinois.
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