Illinois Football: Good, bad and ugly from the Illini weekend

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CHAMPAIGN, IL ā€“ SEPTEMBER 01: Head coach Lovie Smith of the Illinois Fighting Illini is seen during the game against the Kent State Golden Flashes at Memorial Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Champaign, Illinois. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

The news cycle never stops for the Illinois basketball and football teams.

Here is the good, bad and ugly from the weekend.

Good: Illinois football couldnā€™t lose

I was a little down this past weekend because I couldnā€™t watch Illinois football. I missed it so much but then had to think; hey, at least we couldnā€™t lose.

The Illini are coming off a game against a No. 10 Penn State team where the Orange and Blue were actually competing with the Nittany Lions into the fourth quarter. The game ended ugly, but this great play for three quarters sent the Illini into the bye week.

During the bye week, I am hoping Illinois worked on a few things. I expect AJ Bush to be behind center when we take on Rutgers this weekend. This is a huge game. Illinois needs to show me that they can win the games they are supposed to win. This game against the Scarlet Knights should be an easy victory.

The bye week was also good because it can give some players rest. I think the Illini backfield of Mike Epstein and Reggie Corbin needed a week off. They are putting the team on their backs. This duo is one of the best we have ever seen for the Illini.

So, the bye week came at a good time for Illinois. They can look at what went wrong in the Penn State game and work on a few things. They can get rest as well. This Illini team better come out firing on Saturday.

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