Last week, Illinois (2-1, 0-1 Big Ten) put together its best defensive performance of the season, holding Virginia to just three points in a 24-3 win. Virginia managed just 222 total yards while turning the ball over three times. Overall, Illinois has allowed just 10.7 points per game this season, which ranks 13th among power-five teams this season. Next up, the Illini face a tough test in the UT-Chattanooga Mocs (3-0, 1-0 Southern) who have gotten off to a strong start in their FCS schedule. They are scoring 36.7 points per game, which ranks 19th among all FCS teams, making for a fascinating matchup of strength vs. strength.
How to Watch UT-Chattanooga Mocs at Illinois Fighting Illini:
Game Date: Sept. 22, 2022
Game Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
TV Channel: Big Ten Network
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Chattanooga has won three blowouts this season, taking down Wofford 31-0 in the opener followed by a 38-20 win over Eastern Illinois. Last week, the Mocs won 41-14 over the North Alabama Lions.
With a win, Illinois would have its first 3-1 start since the 2015 season. The Illini finished that year 5-7.
Kickoff on Thursday night is set for 8:30 p.m. ET. Coverage of the game can be found on the Big Ten Network.
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