Washington vs. Illinois: Game Preview With TV Schedule

By Connor Muldowney
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The Washington Huskies are coming off a huge week one win against the Boise State Broncos. No one thought they would come into the game and put a beatdown on the Broncos like they did, 38-6. Washington is coming off a week two bye and it will look to improve its record to 2-0.

On the other side of the field, the Illinois Fighting Illini have started the 2013 season with a bang. After a rough two-win season in 2012, the Illini weren’t expected to do much this season, but Tim Beckman has his squad much-improved through the first two weeks of 2013. They have matched their win total from a season ago already.

Washington’s offense is led by senior quarterback Keith Price who passed for 324 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in the week one blowout. This team is feeding off his experience and will continue to do so. The biggest beneficiary of his passing success was wide out sophomore wide out Jaydon Mickens with nine catches for 109 yards. Running back Bishop Sankey ran the ball 25 times for 161 yards and two touchdowns.

Illinois is led by resurgent quarterback and senior, Nathan Scheelhaase. He knows he’s in his last round of football and has shown his willingness to perform to prior expectations — finally — in the 2013 season. The senior has 728 passing yards to go along with six touchdowns and an interception. The offense is just flat-out producing.

Defensively, Washington has a pretty pedestrian squad. They allowed 175 yards passing and 171 yards rushing against a solid Boise State team. Illinois’ defense is a bit less impressive. Although they have allowed just 25.5 points per game, they have given up around 400 yards, on average, per game so far.

Washington will travel to Illinois to take on the Fighting Illini at 6 p.m. EST on Saturday, Sept. 14. The game will be aired on the Big Ten Network.

PREDICTION: Washington 31, Illinois 21

Related: Washington Takes Down Boise State

Nathan Scheelhaase Much Improved

Connor Muldowney is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Connormuldowney, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. You can also reach him at muldown5@gmail.com.

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