The Illini looked as if they might have been ready to energize the defensive side of the ball.
But it's not happening.
The Illini's defense has not performed well in each of the past two seasons, with the front seven particular torn up by opposing running backs.
EVANSTON — Tim Beckman started his postgame press conference in a very fitting way.
CHAMPAIGN — To say there was something different about the Illini on Saturday would be a bit of an understatement.