Cincinnati Bearcats

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After Tim Beckman's first disastrous season in Champaign last year, it seemed that every game on the 2013 slate was going to be a tough test for his Fighting Illini.

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CHAMPAIGN – Illini fans will be forgiven for checking their glasses or the picture settings on their television on Saturday. What they were seeing was no error.

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The Fighting Illini are undefeated.

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Saturday was all about change in Champaign. The University of Illinois debuted new orange helmets, a beautiful new video board and a new offense under coordinator Bill Cubit.

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The funny part, the fascinating part, was how each of them reacted to the question. It didn’t seem a difficult one. But something about the question stumped them.