One week ago today, the Illinois Fighting Illini shocked the football world with a strong performance against Nebraska.
Bret Bielema and company entered the contest as significant underdogs, but showed up in a big way. The Illini defense stifled Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez en route to a 30-22 victory.
That win, however, might have he team overlooking their next opponent. At least, that’s what ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit thinks.
He put Illinois on upset alert this weekend as the team faces off against University of Texas-San Antonio this weekend. He thinks Illinois will have a hard time focusing after its big win last week.
Here’s what Herbie had to say, via Saturday Tradition:
“I love Bret Bielema. Big win [last week over Nebraska]. Hard to get back up after such a big win and they’re playing a tricky team,” Herbstreit said. “UTSA, Sincere McCormick had a great year last year and he comes back. They can throw the football and they have a dual-threat quarterback in Frank Harris.”
Illinois enters the game as a 4.5-point favorite and has a 63-percent chance to win the game according to ESPN’s FPI.
The Fighting Illini will roll with former Rutgers quarterback Artur Sitkowski once again after Brandon Peters suffered an injury against Nebraska.
Can he lead the Illini to its second-straight win?