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Watch now: Illinois State, Eastern Illinois square off in Mid-America Classic

CHARLESTON — Illinois State strong safety Iverson Brown considers the rivalry with Eastern Illinois part of his duty as a Redbird.

“It’s our job every year we play them to make sure that trophy stays here,” Brown said.

The Mid-America Classic trophy is on the line Saturday as ISU travels to O’Brien Field to take on Eastern in a 6 p.m. nonconference game.

“This is a rivalry game, a big game,” said ISU coach Brock Spack. “You’ve got to assume you’re going to get your opponent’s very best in these games and we expect that.”

Spack is poised to become the school's career leader in coaching victories.