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Watch Northwestern vs. Illinois: How to live stream, TV channel, start time for Saturday's NCAA Football game

How to watch Northwestern vs. Illinois football game
Through 3 Quarters

The Northwestern Wildcats were the heavy favorites here for a reason. After three quarters it's looking more and more like their high-powered offense is just too much for the Illinois Fighting Illini as Northwestern lead 28-3.

The Wildcats have been riding high on the performance of RB Cam Porter, who has rushed for two TDs and 142 yards on 24 carries. This nimble footwork stands out as the first time Porter has hit the 100-yard rushing mark this season.

RB Chase Brown has led the way so far for Illinois, as he has picked up 67 yards on the ground on 13 carries.

This is the least points Illinois has had yet this season going into the fourth quarter.

Who's Playing

Illinois @ No. 14 Northwestern

Current Records: Illinois 2-4; Northwestern 5-1

What to Know

The Northwestern Wildcats are 5-0 against the Illinois Fighting Illini since November of 2015, and they'll have a chance to extend that success Saturday. Northwestern will take on Illinois at noon ET at Ryan Field after a week off. The Wildcats have a defense that allows only 15.33 points per game, so the Fighting Illini's offense will have their work cut out for them.

Northwestern came up short against the Michigan State Spartans two weeks ago, falling 29-20. If the result catches you off guard, it should: Northwestern was far and away the favorite. QB Peyton Ramsey had a memorable game, but not in the way you want to be remembered: despite one touchdown, he threw two interceptions with only 4.88 yards per passing attempt.

Meanwhile, Illinois was first on the board but had to settle for second at the end of their game against the Iowa Hawkeyes last week. The Fighting Illini fell to Iowa 35-21. No one had a standout game offensively for Illinois, but they got scores from a handful of players including TE Daniel Barker, WR Carlos Sandy, and QB Isaiah Williams.

This next contest looks promising for Northwestern, who are favored by a full 14 points. Those burned by picking them against the spread two weeks ago might want to keep in mind that the squad has not yet dropped back-to-back games against the spread this season.

With both teams hitting sour notes in their previous games, they will no doubt be looking to produce a better outcome in this one. Giving up four turnovers, Northwestern had had trouble holding onto the ball. We'll see if the Fighting Illini can exploit that vulnerability.

How To Watch
  • When: Saturday at 12 p.m. ET
  • Where: Ryan Field -- Evanston, Illinois
  • TV: ESPN2
  • Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
  • Follow: CBS Sports App

The Wildcats are a big 14-point favorite against the Fighting Illini, according to the latest college football odds.

The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Wildcats as a 13.5-point favorite.

Over/Under: -110

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Series History

Northwestern have won all of the games they've played against Illinois in the last six years.

  • Nov 30, 2019 - Northwestern 29 vs. Illinois 10
  • Nov 24, 2018 - Northwestern 24 vs. Illinois 16
  • Nov 25, 2017 - Northwestern 42 vs. Illinois 7
  • Nov 26, 2016 - Northwestern 42 vs. Illinois 21
  • Nov 28, 2015 - Northwestern 24 vs. Illinois 14
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