Tim Beckman leads Illinois out to Seattle to face Washington this season. Photo Credit: Matthew O

Know the Opponent: B1G Part I

We’re reaching the end of the non-conference previews and with that means we’ve got to look at the historic Big Ten Conference. There are five opponents that PAC-12 schools will face so we’re splitting them into two separate posts starting with Illinois and Rutgers.

Illinois Fighting Illini – 4-8/1-7 B1G, Year three of Tim Beckman in Champaign is set to begin following back-to-back 4-8 seasons. Illinois had 14 returning starters to the team with six on offense and eight on defense. Oklahoma State quarterback transfer Wes Lunt looks to win the starting job from Reilly O’Toole who played a significant amount last season. As mentioned Beckman is looking to snap the string of 4-8 seasons for the Illini who will be in the new Big Ten West division this season. On Saturday, September 13 they face Washington at Husky Stadium with kickoff scheduled for 1 pm on FOX. Last season these two faced off at Soldier Field in Chicago with the Huskies winning 34-24 over the Fighting Illini.
Full 2014 Schedule: Youngstown State (Aug.30), Western Kentucky (Sept. 6), @Washington (Sept. 13), Texas State (Sept. 20), @Nebraska (Sept. 27), Purdue (Oct. 4), @Wisconsin (Oct. 11), Minnesota (Oct. 25), @Ohio State (Nov. 1), Iowa (Nov. 15), Penn State (Nov. 22), @Northwestern (Nov. 29)

Rutgers Scarlett Knights – 6-7/3-5 AAC, Kyle Flood enters his third season as head coach of the Rutgers Scarlett Knights. After playing in the Big East and American Athletic Conference he’ll have a tougher task as the school is now a Big Ten member. Rutgers returns 16 players with nine on offense and seven defense for year number one in their new league. Gary Nova returns for his senior season after ]throwing for 2,159 yards with 18 TD passes and 14 interceptions. They’ll open in Seattle on Thursday, August 28 at CenturyLink Field against Washington State with kickoff at 7 pm on FOX Sports 1.
Full 2014 Schedule: v. Washington State (in Seattle at CenturyLink Field), Howard (Sept. 6), Penn State (Sept. 13), @Navy (Sept. 20), Tulane (Sept. 27), Michigan (Oct. 4), @Ohio State (Oct. 18), @Nebraska (Oct. 25), Wisconsin (Nov. 1), Indiana (Nov. 15), @Michigan State (Nov. 22), @Maryland (Nov. 29)

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