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The "I's" have it in week No. 1, Illinois and Indiana are featured in the "Chiller" games.
A "Chiller" is any football game that gives you the chills when you think about it. Some football writers and commentators call it a "trap" game where the favorite is vulnerable to losing for one or more of the following reasons:
They over-estimated their talent
They under-estimated the opponent
They are dealing with injuries to key players that weaken their team
Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase (in the slide picture) better be ready to show the flash and dash he displayed last year, because Arkansas State seems well positioned for an upset win in Champaign, Illinois. Bleacher Reports featured columnist Joe Penkala has the state college of Arkansas rated No. 99 in the nation and Illinois is locked in at No. 68.
It is a home game for the Fighting Illini, but it may be a closer game than some people have predicted. Illinois 24, Arkansas State 21.
The Indiana Hoosiers begin their season playing at Lucas Oil Stadium. The key question is: does Hoosier coach Kevin Wilson have his team well enough prepared to play a lesser opponent and beat them convincingly?
I expect Indiana to win in their home state, but Ball State will not succumb easily. Indiana 16, Ball State 14.