When Illinois travels to Iowa City on Saturday to take on the 8-2 Iowa Hawkeyes, it will do so without its head coach.

The program announced on Tuesday that Bret Bielema, the 1st-year Illini coach, tested positive for COVID-19. He is currently in isolation with mild symptoms. Bielema is vaccinated. Wideout coach George McDonald will be the team’s acting head coach for the game.

Bielema held a virtual news conference with members of the media Tuesday, 247Sports’ Jeremy Werner shared what the head coach had to say.

The Illini are 4-6 on the season, but breakthrough wins on the road against ranked teams in then-No. 7 Penn State and then-No. 20 Minnesota gave the program some confidence it could end the season on a positive note and make a bowl game.

They’ll play the Hawkeyes, now ranked No. 20, at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday before closing the regular season at home on Nov. 27 against Northwestern (3-7, 1-6 Big Ten).