CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — One third of the way through the season, Illinois now gets a chance to reevaluate where they are as a team. The Illini enter their bye week at 2-2 on the year.
With the extra time off, it gives players a chance to heal up before the meat of the Big Ten schedule starts. Most notably quarterback AJ Bush Jr., who’s missed the last two games with a pulled hamstring.
It will also be an important week off the field as they will hit the recruiting trail hard. It’s been two months since their last commitment.
“When you go into a bye week you get a chance to look at schemes and what we’re doing, to have an overall look at the first four games of the season,” Lovie Smith said after the game on Friday. “That’s what we’ll do. And then we’ll make the necessary adjustments that we need to as we go forward.”
“Just to get better. Each and every one of us have to get better and get ready for the next opponent,” quarterback MJ Rivers added. We’re going to watch this film, correct it, but we’re going to move forward past that and move on to the next opponent.”
Their next game is October 6th at Rutgers, it will be an 11 a.m. kickoff.