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Indiana vs. Illinois: Fighting Illini, Hoosiers battle for first Big Ten win

Illinois comes off of a bye ready to earn their first win in conference play.


The Illinois Fighting Illini (2-5, 0-3) return from an week off with a chance to win their first Big Ten game when they host the Indiana Hoosiers (2-5, 0-3) on Saturday.

Illinois hopes to move past the 45-0 drubbing at the hands of Michigan of their last game Oct. 13th. The Illini have given up more than 40 points in three of their five losses this season, but the offense hasn't helped much heading into Saturday's game ranked last in points and yards per game among Big Ten teams.

The Hoosiers have been knocking on the door of victory the past few weeks but just haven't been able to close out a win. Four of Indiana's five losses this season were by less than a touchdown including a 52-49 loss to No. 8 Ohio State two weeks ago and a 31-30 loss to Navy last week after giving up a late touchdown.

Sophomore quarter back Cameron Coffman leads the Indiana offense, keeping the points piling up for the Hoosiers after losing dynamic quarterback Tre Roberson earlier in the season. The Hoosiers' offense ranks third in the Big Ten in points per game and second in yards per game while the defense is last in the conference in both categories.

The game is scheduled to kick off at 11:00 a.m. CT and will be televised on the Big Ten Network.