SOC - Iowa 2022

Oct 8, 2022

This will be a very short SOC. I mean, it will take you a long time to get through it - there's a 20 minute video in here - but the text on the screen, that will be minimal. I'm thinking maybe something around 400 words or so. I don't think I've been under 500 words since maybe 2011.

The reason it will be short: I usually start rambling about a topic, then transition to the game, then give a prediction. This will be video, then game, then prediction.

What video? The road trip last week to Wisconsin. I talk about these trips all the time, so I figured maybe we'd film one. I partnered with Eric Holmer - great decision there - and we came up with a concept for a road trip video. After that, it was pretty much all Eric. Everything you'll see was his doing. All I had to do was travel to Madison and watch us win.

The title comes from something Carmen always says - you'll meet Carmen in a bit here - about our fanbase. No matter how bad we are, we travel. I don't know why, but this is a fanbase that travels. Go to any road game and you'll understand.

So before I get to the game prediction, may I present to you...... WE TRAVEL:

OK, now let's talk about the game.

I feel like it will be close. I think we're going to win, but I think it's going to be close. We rode three turnovers to a lot of points at Wisconsin, but this is now a better defense (and an offense that probably won't hand us the ball three times). So I can see this one being a field position battle. There will be a lot of three-and-outs, and where those three-and-outs happen on the field will mean everything.

This is likely the best defense we will face this season, so I don't think we get anywhere close to 34 points again. This is also maybe the worst offense we'll face this season, so I think they'll struggle to find the endzone. My worry, however: their defense finding the endzone. That pick six in the Iowa game last year still stays with me (as have other Iowa defensive touchdowns over the years).

I think I know where I'm going with the score prediction here, so I'll just talk about how I see this game playing out and then I'll get to the score.

I think I see Iowa getting 16 points. A touchdown by their defense and three field goals. We can still claim that our defense hasn't given up a touchdown at home this season, but they'll get seven on some dumb fumble recovery. 9 will jump to 16.

I think I see us struggling on offense (much more than last week), but I do think we can punch a few in. Put me down for the Illini getting to the endzone twice.

That means I'm at Iowa 16, Illinois 14. Will we get a field goal somewhere in order to pull out the win? I think we will.

Illinois 17, Iowa 16


The Olaf Rules on October 8, 2022 @ 01:03 AM

Love the video. I’d be happy to show you a few places on your first roadie out to LA in ‘24. ??

Efremwinters84 on October 8, 2022 @ 07:50 AM

17 ILLINI 13 Hawks

Go Illini!!!

ATOillini on October 8, 2022 @ 07:25 AM

A game that has a ton of 3 and outs increases the importance of punting. If forecast I just checked is correct it appears wind will not be a huge factor.

lucasmeducas on October 8, 2022 @ 07:25 AM

Great video Holmerica! It is fun to see behind the scenes. Well done all around! Go Illini!!!

NC_OrangeKrush on October 8, 2022 @ 07:43 AM

Robert The video of From The Stands was so powerful and relatable to all who have watched the highs of our program's past and been through the lows for so many years... especially to Wisconsin...

Great Job and thanks to all involved making the video. I-L-L on October 8, 2022 @ 07:49 AM

Really good job with the video. I think you should also do one for a basketball trip.

BCstealn on October 8, 2022 @ 08:58 AM

Great video. Really good shit. Let's beat those squawkeyes.

gordyhulten on October 8, 2022 @ 09:10 AM

The video was awesome. Feeling strangely confident about tonight's game and hoping we "tilt the field" and the turnover fairy doesn't hate us.

Go Illini!

WPtoWG10 on October 8, 2022 @ 11:00 AM

Awesome video! A win today would be amazing.

jdcoleman7 on October 9, 2022 @ 07:47 PM

Loved it. I would watch this for every game.

on July 3, 2023 @ 03:59 PM


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