left over from the Tim Beckman regime. To his credit, the Illini are off to a 2-0 start including last week's 20-6 outright win over Western Kentucky as +6 home chalk. Illinois is currently a +18 road underdog for Friday's game at South Florida.
The nine freshmen Illinois has used in its starting lineup through two games are more than any team in the country. So far, 17 true freshmen, nine redshirt freshmen, two first-time sophomores and two first-time juniors have played, making it 30 players who have made their Illini debuts in the first two games.