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Will the old Juice Williams show up?
If Illinois wants to win, he better. Williams has struggled in the two Illinois losses. His passing efficiency rating is among the worst in the nation for starting quarterbacks. If Williams can't get the offense moving early, look for the Illini coaches to turn to Eddie McGee. A 1-3 start to the season is not what Ron Zook had in mind.
How about the old Daryll Clark?
Who was that guy playing quarterback for the Nittany Lions against Iowa? It sure didn't look like the quarterback who helped Penn State to the Rose Bowl last season. Considered a Heisman candidate going into the season, Clark has been hurt some by troubles on the offensive line and the loss of outstanding targets at receiver. He might be pressing a bit, too.
Will the orange-out help the Illini?
It can't hurt. Maybe it will confuse the Nittany Lions receivers and returners, who will lose the brownish ball in the crowd. The 2:30 start, which gives fans a long time to tailgate beforehand, should also boost the excitement. Illinois can help the cause by scoring once or twice in the first quarter.
Who gets the bulk of the lllinois carries at tailback?
Based on the way they played at Ohio State, it should be Mikel Leshoure. He was the most effective of the four primary tailbacks and also showed the ability to catch passes. He converted a third down for the Illini that kept a drive going. Leshoure needs to stay out of trouble off the field.
Is this Joe Paterno's final appearance at Memorial Stadium?
For the last five trips into Champaign-Urbana, we've said yes. Let's change the tactic up and go with a big, fat no. Paterno will retire when he decides the time is right. Not one second earlier. As long as his health stays good, and that appears to be the case, there's no reason to think he will hang up the whistle. Our guess is he's coaching at 100.