Illinois and Northwestern may be trending in two different directions, but a state rivalry is up for grabs this weekend. The social media team for the Fighting Illini posted a hype video.

With the Iowa loss to Nebraska this game means even more. If Purdue can somehow lose to Indiana, it opens the door Illinois to win the B1G West.

However, this game is all about proving who the best team in the state of Illinois is. Illinois won last year’s meeting by a score of 47-14 in Champaign. Northwestern won the 2020 matchup 28-10 in Evanston.

The two teams are battling for the trophy once again in Evanston. This game has ended in a tie five times in its history. Illinois fans will be hoping for more of what happened last season.

The Fighting Illini and Wildcats kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET on BTN. Can Illinois take home the Land of Lincoln Trophy for the second year in a row?