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Know Thy Opponent 2021: Illinois Fighting Illini

We’ve reached the Big Ten portion of our offseason preview series and again, Purdue could not be better set up for a great start in Big Ten West play. I don’t have any delusions of winning the division unless there is a major surprise, but the possibility of a 2-0 start and at least hope for something is there. The first five games of 2021 are probably the best opening five game stretch that Jeff Brohm has had at Purdue. Getting to start conference play with a perpetually rebuilding Illini squad is definitely a plus.

Of course, that means there is no guarantee of victory.