A lot of people may find it strange to have Illinois as an easier game than Minnesota, but this Illinois game just simply does not scare me at all.
First of all, I don't think Illinois will be very good; it may win five or six games and make a bowl, but only because its schedule sets up favorably.
Tim Beckman may be the right answer in the long run, but I think he will struggle this year.
This Illini offense was downright dreadful at times last year, and that was with guys like Jason Ford, Troy Pollard and A.J. Jenkins. How is it going to be much better without those guys, especially Jenkins?
Even without Whitney Mercilus, this defense should still be good. It has to be a bit concerning that Vic Koenning isn't around at defensive coordinator anymore, though.
Honestly, I'd be shocked if this game wasn't a complete rout. How it managed to get the 3:30 p.m. slot on ABC is beyond me.