Friday, November 07, 2008

Meet the Broncos

The Western Michigan Broncos play in the MAC, a conference that includes #19 Ball State and Toledo, who beat Michigan. They are 7-2 overall and 5-1 in the conference, and they can play. Last year, the Broncos busted Iowa's bowl hopes, beating them late last year in Iowa City, so they know how to play the Big Ten.

The 2008 Broncos have an offense which is averaging 444 yards and 31.8 points a game, and a QB that Zook compares to Minnesota's. QB Tim Hiller leads the nation's #6 passing offense with a 68.5 completion rate, 28 TDs and just 5 interceptions. So once again, the Illini defense will need to show they can step up, and it may be a bit more challenging since the Broncos don't have names as recognized as Iowa's Shonn Greene. It may not be as easy as Illini fans expect.

There will be plenty to watch for Saturday, and WMU is capable of the upset, but the Illini have a lot to play for -- bowl eligibility.

Juice and his offense are very capable of out-scoring the Broncos, and the defense should be able to contain Hiller and his offense. But the Illini team that last played in Michigan is the version of the team that needs to show up, because the team that showed up against Louisiana-Lafayette may not be able to hold on against the Broncos.

Go Illini!


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