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Fun Facts, Iowa-Illinois: The lovelytheband edition

Illini can run. But they can't hide.

Gadzooks, it’s another Fun Facts, this time for the Iowa-Illinois football game.

Did you know the Hawkeyes will be champions of the Three-I League if they win Saturday? They’ve already defeated Indiana. And away we go!

1. Illinois outgained Iowa last year in Iowa City, 446 yards to 441. Irrelevant, that was, since the Hawkeyes won, 45-16.

2. That was the Illini’s season-high in yardage. They ranked 127th nationally in 2017 with 329.1 yards per game. This year they have climbed all the way to 51st with 425.3.

3. Iowa has won its last four games against Illinois. Its all-time biggest win streak against the Illini is five, set all the way back in … 2007.

4. Illinois has 16 scoring drives that took less than one minute. Only Utah State (24) and Alabama (21) have more.

5. Illinois has never finished higher than fifth-place since the Big Ten went to divisions in 2011.

6. Iowa has a 3-game losing streak, its first since it closed the 2014 season with defeats to Wisconsin, Nebraska and Tennessee. The Hawkeyes haven’t lost four straight since they dropped seven in a row over the 2012-13 seasons.

7. A loss will guarantee Illinois its seventh-straight losing season.

8. Illinois leads the nation in rushing yards (813), rushing touchdowns (10) and yards per carry (9.68) in November.

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9. Reggie Corbin became the first Illini player with two rushes of 70 or more yards for touchdowns in the same game since 1944 when he had TD runs of 72 and 77 yards against Minnesota on Nov. 3.

10. Iowa and Illinois have both intercepted 14 passes to tie for sixth nationally. Twelve of the Hawkeyes’ picks have come since the season’s fifth game.

11. Hawkeye safety Geno Stone wasn’t starting when league play began, but is tied with Maryland’s Tre Watson for the most interceptions in conference games, with four.

12. The Illini are last in the Big Ten in scoring defense, rushing defense, passing efficiency defense, total defense, time of possession and punt-return average.

13. Iowa averages 37.5 points on the road, 24 points at home.

14. AJ Bush Jr., completed six passes for 103 yards to Nick Easley when their Iowa Western Community College team defeated Highland Community College. Bush is Illinois’ starting quarterback, and Easley is a starting wide receiver for Iowa.

15. Bush is on his fourth team in four years. He was with Nebraska in 2015, Iowa Western in 2016 and Virginia Tech in 2017.

16. Illinois Coach Lovie Smith was named after his great aunt, Lavana.

17. J Leman will be the play-by-play announcer for BTN’s telecast of this game. Leman was a first-team All-Big Ten linebacker at Illinois in 2006 and 2007. His Illini teams played Iowa four times and lost each game.

18. On Dec. 5, lovelytheband will perform at Illinois’ Foellinger Auditorium.

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19. Megyn Kelly was born in Champaign.

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