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3-Unit Play. Take #158 Illinois (-14.5) over Kent State (9 p.m., Friday, Sept. 4)
I know the drama that is surrounding the Illinois athletic department may seem like it will hinder the football team, but it won’t. This squad has faith in their new coach. Previous coach Tim Beckman was not beloved by the program. On the other hand, they players and staff like interim coach Bill Cubit. Cubit knows this offense and knows what it will take to get them going versus a Kent State team that is looking to bounce back after a terrible 2014.
Illinois has won 17-straight home openers and this matchup with be number 18 in a big fashion. The Fightin Illini had a porous defense last season that gave up too many points, and that is a point of emphasis heading in to this year. Cubit will have the side of the football fired up to make a statement in Week 1. Kent State is 0-7 ATS in their last seven games versus the Big 10. Lay the big number here as Illinois wins 34-14.