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Huskies’ opponent: Illinois

A look at Washington’s next football opponent, Illinois

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Game time: 3 p.m. Saturday, Soldier Field, Chicago.

TV: Big Ten Network.

Coach: Tim Beckman (4-10, second season at Illinois; 25-26 overall, including three seasons at Toledo).

Record: 2-0.

Last game: The Illini, coming off a 2-10 season in 2012, stunned Cincinnati 45-17 in Champaign, Ill., Saturday.

The series: Washington is 5-4 overall vs. Illinois. UW won the last meeting 31-11 at Husky Stadium in 1972. At Illinois in 1971, UW won 52-14. Two days later, on Oct. 4, 1971, UW quarterback Sonny Sixkiller appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

The early line: UW is favored by 10 points.

Star players: Nathan Scheelhaase, the Illini’s fifth-year senior quarterback, threw a total of four touchdown passes (and eight interceptions) in 10 games in 2012. He had four touchdown passes alone in the upset of Cincinnati, and ranks sixth in the FBS with 728 yards passing in two games, with a completion rate of 74 percent. The Illini’s other top playmaker is running back Josh Ferguson, who is averaging 5.3 yards per carry and has two receiving touchdowns.

Illini’s keys to success: The No. 19 Huskies debuted their new hurry-up offense in near-flawless fashion against Boise State, racking up 592 yards of total offense in the 38-6 victory Aug. 31. The Illini defense will have to be better. ... In the Illini’s favor is the Huskies’ struggles on the road in recent seasons.

By the numbers

9 Consecutive losses by Illinois to end the 2012 season.

17 Plays of 20 yards or more in the Illini’s first two games; only Oregon (23), Maryland (21), Baylor (19) and Indiana (18) have more.

182.12 Scheelhaase’s QB rating through two games, which ranks 14th in the FBS. (UW’s Keith Price has a QB rating of 176.83 after his performance against Boise State.)

Adam Jude

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