ILLINOIS over Rutgers by 6
If the Japanese torture didn’t work in the Miami Ohio/Kent State game (and how could it not), then they could always tie them to the stands in Champaign and force them to watch Lovie Smith’s pimply bunch take on a Rutgers squad that couldn’t defend the Banks of the Old Raritan against a synchronized swim team. In Lovie’s defense, he continued his youth movement by turning to QB Jeff George Jr. who promptly threw three picks against Iowa in his first career start, leading Smith to say, “That’s never a good thing.” We’re not sure if Lovie is auditioning for the next Hotels.com commercial (Captain Obvious) or if he’s trying to light a fire under George but at least his team gets the benefit of facing a Rutgers squad they defeated in New Brunswick last season, 24-7, as 3.5-point road favorites – and one that is being outstatted by 158 YPG in FBS battles this season after getting spanked at home by Ohio State, 56-0. That takes away some of the pain of having to lay points with a young team that hasn’t been favored in a conference tilt since that trip to Jersey. Nor does the Scarlet’s mark after scoring 10 or fewer points. Thus, it’s a case of Ill or nil.