There was really only one game on the Illini's non-conference schedule that didn't look like a pretty safe bet for a win: the Week 3 trip to Seattle to take on Washington.
Well, now there's a new wrinkle to that contest.
The player expected to be the Huskies' new starting quarterback, Cyler Miles, was suspended Thursday for the team's season-opener against Hawaii.
[MORE BIG TEN: Ty Issac's immediate future still unclear with Wolverines]
Details from the Associated Press:
Miles will miss the Aug. 30 game for his role in two on-campus assaults following the Seattle Seahawks' win over the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl. Wide receiver Damore'ea Stringfellow, who has since left the team, pleaded guilty to two counts of assault and one count of mischief. Miles was not charged.
Miles was expected to take over as the starter following the departure of Keith Price, who was one of the better QBs in the Pac-12 a year ago. He won't be the starter in Week 1, meaning even if he does win the starting role out of camp, he could still be getting his feet wet when the Illini come to town on Sep. 13.
[MORE BIG TEN: B1G 40: Who are the Big Ten's top Heisman candidates?]
Illinois and Washington played last season at Soldier Field in an offense-heavy game that the Huskies won, 34-24. Price was superb in that game, passing for 342 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
This year's meeting between the two teams will look mighty different, with both teams breaking in new quarterbacks after the departures of Price and former Illini QB Nathan Scheelhaase. Plus, Washington has a new head coach in Chris Petersen, who comes over from Boise State.