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>>Illinois Travels To Minnesota
 
The Fighting Illini (2-4, 0-3) hit the road for a Big Ten West matchup against the Minnesota Golden Gophers (3-3, 0-3) Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
Illinois lost to Rutgers 35-24 last Saturday in Champaign. 
 
In his first year at Minnesota, PJ Fleck will see Illinois for a second straight year as his Western Michigan squad beat Illinois in Champaign last fall.
 
Michigan State beat the Golden Gophers last week 30-27.
 
Game time Saturday is 2:30 pm and can be seen on the Big Ten Network.
 
>>Redbirds Look To Rebound Against No. 4 South Dakota
 
Off rare consecutive losses, the Illinois State football squad will look to rebound when fourth ranked South Dakota visits Hancock Stadium for Homecoming in Normal.
 
The Redbirds lost at Southern Illinois 42-7 after a loss at Northern Arizona the prior week. 
 
The Coyotes are one of two teams with a 6-0 record in MVFC play along with North Dakota State, something that has only happened three times in league history, including this year.
 
Coyotes senior quarterback Chris Straveler was named both the Missouri Valley Football Conference Offensive Player of the Week and FCS National Performer of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards for his performance last weekend against Indiana State. Streveler accounted for five touchdowns, completed 27 of 32 passes for 337 yards, while running eight times for 82 yards. 
 
Game time Saturday is 2 pm. 
 
>>EIU Hosts Jacksonville State
 
Hosting the third ranked team in the country Saturday afternoon, Eastern Illinois will put a four-game win streak on the line when the Panthers host Jacksonville State.
 
Off a 27-24 double overtime win last Saturday in Charleston, the Panthers and Gamecocks are both undefeated in Ohio Valley Play.
 
The two square off for a 2 pm kick.
 
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