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With Big Ten looming, Illinois focuses on Miami of Ohio

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Illinois' Nathan Scheelhaase tries to throw under pressure from Washington's Travis Feeney (41) and Josh Shirley during the first half the Sept. 14 game in Chicago. Illinois is averaging 37 points a game, but in three games the Illini have only reached the red zone 11 times.

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Illinois' Steve Hull is unable to catch the pass as Washington's Cleveland Wallace defends during the Sept. 14 game at Chicago's Soldier Field.

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Next weekend at Nebraska, Illinois will run into a bunch of firsts that could tell the Illini whether this year's 2-1 team is better than last year's that started with the same record. But first, there's the matter of Miami (Ohio) on Saturday at home. The Redhawks are 0-3 and, to hear defensive end Tim Kynard tell it, exactly the kind of team the Illini had trouble taking seriously enough in 2012.
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    • Illinois’ Nathan Scheelhaase tries to throw under pressure from Washington’s Travis Feeney (41) and Josh Shirley during the first half the Sept. 14 game in Chicago. Illinois is averaging 37 points a game, but in three games the Illini have only reached the red zone 11 times.
    • Illinois’ Steve Hull is unable to catch the pass as Washington’s Cleveland Wallace defends during the Sept. 14 game at Chicago’s Soldier Field.
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