Illinois plays Rutgers in a Big Ten game on Saturday, October 14, 2017. Find game time, TV channel and how to watch online information below.
Both teams are seeking their first win in Big Ten play, with Illinois currently sitting at 2-3 and coming off a rough loss to Iowa. Rutgers’ most recent game was even rougher, a 56-0 loss to Ohio State. The Scarlet Knights are now 1-4.
Below, find Illinois-Rutgers time, TV channel, streaming information and odds.
Illinois-Rutgers game time, details
Illinois and Rutgers are playing at 12 p.m. ET on Saturday, Oct. 14.
Time: 12 p.m. ET
Date: Saturday, Oct. 14
Location: Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill.
The line: Illinois is a 2.5-point favorite, per MyBookie.
What TV channel is showing Illinois-Rutgers?
The Illini and Scarlet Knights are playing on the Big Ten Network. You can find the Big Ten Network on your TV here.
How can I watch Illinois-Rutgers online?
The Illinois-Rutgers game will be online at BTN2Go.
How can I listen to Illinois-Rutgers on the radio?
Illinois fans can tune into the game on the Illinois Fighting Illini Sports Network.
Whoever wins this Illinois-Rutgers game will have its first Big Ten win of the season. Both teams come into the game having lost at least their last two games, with the Scarlet Knights last win coming on Sept. 16 over Morgan State and the Illini’s last victory taking place on Sept. 9 over Western Kentucky.
The Scarlet Knights and the Illini have only 3 meetings all-time. In 2005, Illinois won 33-30 at home. The two programs met the next season, with Rutgers winning 33-0 at home in 2006. Rutgers and Illinois didn’t meet again until last season. Last year’s game was also the teams’ first game as Big Ten teams. Illinois won big at Rutgers, 24-7, on the road. That was one of only two Big Ten wins for Illinois last season, as Rutgers finished conference play 0-9.
The Illini will be counting on quarterback Jeff George Jr. to step it up from his first start last week in a loss to Iowa. George Jr. was named the starter before the game with the Hawkeyes and was 22-of-45 in the game for 246 yards, but threw three interceptions as well. Fumbles have also been a problem for the Illini, as they’ve put the ball on the ground nine times, though they’ve only lost it once. Their defense has also been a fumble-producer with nine forced fumbles and four recoveries.
Both teams have struggled to run the ball, with the Illini’s Mike Epstein coming in as the leading rusher, averaging 6.1 yards per carry but having only three touchdowns to show for it. Gus Edwards is the leading rusher for the Scarlet Knights with 314 yards and averages 4.2 YPC with two scores, but it’s clear the team uses a number of backs with nine touchdowns on the ground.
Rutgers and head coach Chris Ash have a little bit more certainty and direction now than they might had previously, as Athletics Director Pat Hobbs got a contract extension through the 2021-22 season. As for on the field though, they’ll need a lift and hope to get one with the possible return of talented wide receiver and kick returner Janarion Grant, who led the team in all-purpose yardage and sat out against Ohio State.