• Even if the other team is not very good, like Scott Frost’s Nebraska Cornhuskers, opening with a win is never a bad thing, and the Bret Bielema era at the University of Illinois started with a Big 14 Conference win at a sultry Memorial Stadium Saturday.

No, Illinois won’t be going 12-0, but winning Saturday will go a long way toward getting six wins, which would lead to a bowl berth.

When Brandon Peters went down early with a shoulder injury, I feared the worst, but Rutgers transfer Art Sitkowski more than steadied the ship. We did not see the often odd play-calling that plagued the Lovie Smith era, and I can stand to see more of Isaiah Williams in the open field.

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