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>>Illini Off This Week
 
After an embarassing 34-10 loss in Champaign to Western Michigan last Saturday afternoon, the Illinois Fighting Illini will seek to regroup and prepare for the Big Ten opener in a week.
 
The Illini hit the bye week 1-2. 
 
Illinois opens Big Ten play next Saturday afternoon at Nebraska. 
 
The Cornhuskers, coming off a thrilling 35-32 win over Oregon last Saturday open their Big Ten slate at Northwestern this Saturday.
 
>>Eastern Hosts Austin Peay Saturday on WHOW
 
It's Family Weekend in Charleston this week, and the Eastern Illinois Panthers will look to continue their recent momentum.
 
Off wins over Miami (OH) and fifth ranked Illinois State in back to back weeks, the Panthers host Austin Peay this Saturday at 1 pm.
 
Ranked 16th in the country coming into week 4, the Panthers are 2-1 on season while the Governors are 0-2. 
 
Hear all the action starting at 12:30 pm on The Big 1520 AM/92.3 FM WHOW and online at dewittdailynews.com. 
 
>>Illinois State At Indiana State Saturday
 
Coming off a disappointing 24-21 loss to in-state rival Eastern Illinois last Saturday in the Mid-America Classic, Illinois State (2-1) will look to rebound against Indiana State (2-1) in the Missouri Valley Football Conference opener for both squads Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Terre Haute, Indiana.
 
Indiana State opened the season with a 41-25 victory over Butler at home on Sept. 3. 
 
Down 24-13 with only 5:19 left to play, Indiana State chances at a win seemed unlikely last weekend against Southeast Missouri State. However, two touchdowns in the final five-plus minutes propelled the Sycamores to a 27-24 win on the road.
 
For his effort in the win over SEMO, sophomore quarterback Isaac Harker was named the Missouri Valley Football Conference Offensive Player of the Week.

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