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>>Illini At Rutgers
 
The Illinois Fighting Illini start a two-game road swing with this week's contest in Piscataway, NJ as the the Illini take on Rutgers.
 
Illinois and Rutgers will meet for the first time since Rutgers joined the Big Ten in 2014 and split their only two meetings in 2005 and 2006. 
 
The 2-4 Scarlet Knights host the 1-4 Illini. Illinois is coming off a 34-31 overtime loss against Purdue last weekend at Memorial Stadium. 
Sophomore QB Chayce Crouch came in for an injured Wes Lunt against Purdue and had a career game. Crouch completed 10-of-14 passes for 142 yards and rushed for a career-high 137 yards and two touchdowns.
 
Redshirt Freshman RB Reggie Corbin, making his second career start, ran for a career-high 92 yards on 11 carries (8.4 ypc), including a career-long 46-yard run in the first quarter. He also had a 30-yard reception against the Boilers.
 
Game time Saturday is 11 am and can be seen on ESPNNews.
 
>>Redbirds Look To End Four-Game Slide
 
The Illinois State Redbirds are in uncharted territory as they host in-state rival Southern Illinois Saturdaynight.
 
The Redbirds are losers of four straight and are looking to end a four-game losing streak at Hancock Stadium. The Redbirds early-season schedule has been tough, with losses to ranked Eastern Illinois, Indiana State, top-ranked North Dakota State and Youngstown State. 
 
Southern Illinois battled back from a 17-point deficit, but ultimately fell to No. 12 South Dakota State by a score of 45-39 last week at Saluki Stadium. SDSU quarterback Taryn Christion completed 32-of-51 pass attempts in the game en route to a school-record 466 passsing yards and threw a career-high five touchdown passes to lead the Jackrabbits past the Salukis.
 
Both teams are seeking their first Missouri Valley Conference wins when action gets underway at 6 pm. Saturday night.
 
>>Eastern Illinois At Tennessee Tech Saturday
 
No. 17 Eastern Illinois won its fourth game this season beating No. 25 Tennessee State 35-34 to improve to 2-1 in the OVC, and now moves on to play Tennessee Tech (2-2) in Cookesville, TN.
 
Devin Church was named the OVC co-Offensive Player of the Week following the Panthers win over Tennessee State.  He rushed for 94 yards and caught seven passes for 37 yards in the victory.  
 
David Johnson was named the OVC co-Defensive Player of the Week following the Panthers win over Tennessee State.  It was the second time in three weeks that the South Carolina transfer has won the OVC weekly defensive honor.  Johnson had nine tackles with 1.5 for loss and a sack.

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