Illinois State University football hits the road for the second straight week as it travels to Macomb to take on Western Illinois at 1 p.m. Oct. 19. The Leathernecks are winless so far this season (0-6, 0-2). Find out what The Vidette sports staffers predict for this week's game. 

Blaine Lewallen, sports editor

Blaine Lewallen | Sports Editor

Blaine Lewallen | Sports Editor

The Redbirds are coming off a much-needed win over Southern Illinois University last week, as the defense stepped up big on the road. Amid a very favorable stretch of the season for the Birds, I expect them to come away with a lopsided victory on the road this week as the Leathernecks have struggled mightily this season. 

ISU 42, WIU 7

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Jake Sermersheim | Sports Editor

Jake Sermersheim | Sports Editor

After a solid win at Southern Illinois, expect the Redbirds to take advantage of a Western team that is 0-6 on the season and has not looked very competitive. Look for the Redbirds to add on to their FCS leading sack total. 

ISU 38, WIU 13

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Jake Fogal | Sports Reporter

Jake Fogal | Sports Reporter

In the second game of this favorable stretch for the Redbirds, they head over to Macomb to take on Western Illinois. The Leathernecks are 0-6(0-2) on the season and do not look like they will be getting out of last anytime soon. WIU is giving up 30 points per game this season, while scoring 18 on average. Illinois State, who boasts one of the best defenses in the conference, have the chance to let its offense run free. Although Western Illinois has bested ISU before in similar situations, I expect the Birds to dominate in Macomb. 

ISU 38, WIU 10

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Matt Kalinowski | Sports Reporter

Matt Kalinowski | Sports Reporter

The Western Illinois Leathernecks haven't won a game this season. Their previous home games indicate that they have the ability to score, but they have not held a single team below 20 points. I think ISU will cruise to a win. 

ISU 38, WIU 14

BLAINE LEWALLEN is the Sports Editor for The Vidette. He can be contacted at bmlewal@ilstu.edu. Follow him on Twitter at @blainelew3 


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