With nonconference play over, the Illini are 3-1, just as one might have expected.
"We trust him", Cubit said of Vaughn. "That's the landscape of college football".
"I thought he really grew up", interim coach Bill Cubit said. "We understand that, but that's what it's all about". But it's also added an increased pressure as the team has failed to perform well.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers went through their Thursday walk-through in preparation for their Big Ten debut against Illinois. Gangwish was injured on the final play of the BYU game and missed the last three games for the Huskers. Some usage of draws and misdirection could be effective against a defense whose front seven really gets upfield.
Since the team joined the Big Ten in 2011, the Cornhuskers are 22-10 in conference play; Illinois, over that same stretch, is 6-26.
On the other side of the ball, the teams rank second (Illinois) and fourth (Nebraska) in third-down defense, and Illinois ranks sixth in the entire country in the metric, allowing conversions just 21.3 percent of the time. The Michigan at Maryland game, originally scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. (CT), is being moved to 11 a.m. due to possible impact from Hurricane Joaquin on the East Coast on Saturday. Illinois can't let the Cornhuskers become two-dimensional if it wants to win this game. Nebraska is trying to get Tommy Armstrong to throw more and more, especially midrange, and this is where Fejedelem should shine. The Illini could enhance their chances of winning considerably by generating a good pass rush. "Ke'Shawn has to be a player for us". Illinois junior Ryan Frain hasn't been too terrible, averaging close to 40 yards per kick, but the punt coverage team has stunk. He was patient with his runs. This year's squad features nine seniors. The Illini won one conference game in 2013 and three in 2014.
WR Mike Dudek (knee) is unlikely to play for a fifth straight game against Nebraska. He said his time here has been the greatest part of his life so far.
TE Tyler White (concussion) might be able to return against Nebraska after missing the Middle Tennessee game.