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Published: September 10, 2022 (2 weeks ago)
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The Illinois Fighting Illini will take on the Virginia Cavaliers at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday at home. Both teams might be coming in a bit winded after having run the length of the field multiple times in their most recent games.

It was close but no cigar for the Fighting Illini as they fell 23-20 to the Indiana Hoosiers last Friday. Despite the loss, Illinois got a solid performance out of RB Chase Brown, who rushed for two TDs and 151 yards on 19 carries in addition to snatching one receiving TD.

Meanwhile, Virginia strolled past the Richmond Spiders with points to spare last week, taking the contest 34-17. The team ran away with 28 points in the first half and mostly just sat on those in the second to pick up the win. QB Brennan Armstrong had a stellar game for the Cavaliers as he passed for two TDs and 246 yards on 33 attempts in addition to rushing for one TD and 105 yards. Armstrong put himself on the highlight reel with a 64-yard TD scramble in the second quarter.

Virginia’s victory lifted them to 1-0 while Illinois’ defeat dropped them down to 1-1. We’ll find out if Virginia can add another positive mark to their record or if Illinois can shake off the defeat and take the spring out of Virginia’s step.

Week 2 of the 2022 college football season will feature several rematches from 2021. One of the more interesting ones will pit the Big Ten against the ACC when the Illinois Fighting Illini host the Virginia Cavaliers.

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Illinois (1-1) had to hit the reset button after last week’s loss at Indiana. The Illini gave up the game-winning touchdown with just 23 seconds left to play, committed four turnovers, and struggled to move the ball at times. Virginia, on the other hand, won its sixth consecutive season opener by putting on a clinic against the FCS Richmond Spiders.

These teams met in Charlottesville last year (a big 42-14 win for UVA), and now this series shifts to Champaign.

Virginia at Illinois Kickoff: Saturday, Sept. 10 at 4 p.m. ET TV: ESPNU Live Stream: fuboTV (Start your free trial) Spread: Illinois -4.5 Tickets: As low as $19 on SITickets.com*

When Virginia Has the Ball The Cavaliers’ offense begins and ends with quarterback Brennan Armstrong, whose dual-threat abilities give this unit some unpredictability that can give defenses fits. And the Spiders’ defense certainly had trouble trying to tackle Armstrong, who threw for 246 yards, ran for a team-high 105, and totaled three touchdowns. If Armstrong isn’t doing the damage himself, all of the attention he commands leaves his teammates open for playmaking opportunities. UVA employed a running-back-by-committee approach last week, as Perris Jones, Xavier Brown, and Mike Hollins combined for 153 rushing yards.

Collectively, the Cavs averaged 6.2 yards per run, and Armstrong completed passes to seven different players last Saturday. Wide receivers Lavel Davis Jr. (4 rec., 89 yds., TD), Keytaon Thompson (4, 55), Dontayvion Wicks (6, 47), Billy Kemp IV, and Luke Wentz, plus tight end Grant Misch (combined 5 rec. for 41 yds.), and the aforementioned Jones (TD) all got in on the action.

The Cavalier offensive line also did their part, as the left-handed Armstrong was only sacked once, which allowed him to do his job. They’ll be taking on an Illinois defense that gave up 330 passing yards to Indiana but limited the Hoosiers to just 32 yards on the ground. On Indiana’s game-winning drive, they drove 75 yards on 12 plays in under two minutes (1:53). They tired out the Illini defense, and now Virginia looks to have similar success.

But in order to do that, they’ll need to slow down defensive lineman Jer’Zhan Newton (11 tackles, sack this season), avoid linebacker Isaac Darkangelo (10 tackles), and try not to throw the ball near defensive backs Devon Witherspoon (8 tackles, 3 pass breakups, INT), Sydney Brown (10 tackles, PBU), and Jartavius Martin (13 tackles, 4 PBUs).

When Illinois Has the Ball Tommy DeVito is still the starting quarterback, but Indiana rattled his cage a little bit last week. Although he totaled 232 passing yards and two scores against the Hoosiers, he tossed his first interception of 2022, took three sacks, and had to throw many passes away in order to avoid the pressure. On the game’s final drive, DeVito went just 2-of-4, took the third sack of that night, and saw his second completed pass fumbled by wide receiver Brian Hightower. Indiana recovered it to end the game.

The two bright spots when it came to throwing the ball last week were Hightower (despite the fumble), and fellow receiver Isaiah Williams. They combined to catch 13 of DeVito’s 21 completions for 155 yards, and both accounted for DeVito’s touchdown passes.

Perhaps Illinois will lean on running back Chase Brown a little more this week, especially after he gashed the Indiana defense for 199 yards (fifth career game of 140 or more rushing yards) on 36 carries (5.5 ypc). Brown’s continued effectiveness came despite the fact that the Hoosiers racked up 10 tackles for a loss. Thanks to big production in Week 0 as well, Brown leads both the Big Ten and the FBS as a whole in total rushing yards (350) and is fifth in the conference in yards per attempt (6.3). With Brown, Williams, and Hightower acting as a three-headed monster for DeVito, the ground game has immense potential.

But the biggest key to success for Bret Bielema’s team will be improved play from the offensive line. They cannot allow Virginia to penetrate the way Indiana did. Starring on defense for Virginia are linebackers Nick Jackson (team-leading 14 tackles) and Josh Ahern (5 tackles, sack), along with defensive back Fentrell Cypress II (team-leading 3 pass breakups).

Final Analysis Virginia hammered Illinois last year. It was a game in which Armstrong recorded 436 total yards and threw five touchdown passes. The Cavalier defense registered three sacks, six TFLs, seven pass deflections, and two turnovers that day. Illinois has improved on both sides of the ball since then, although Indiana did expose some holes last week.

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