Illinois is one of the feel-good stories in the Big Ten this season. The Fighting Illini are 6-4 overall and have won their last four games.

Ahead for Illinois is a game at Iowa scheduled for a noon ET start on Saturday, Nov. 23. Iowa just pulled off a notable upset, handing Minnesota its first loss of the season.

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On Monday, ahead of the Fighting Illini-Hawkeyes game, the Illinois’ head coach and offensive coordinator both talked about Hawkeye defensive end A.J. Epenesa — a former 5-star recruit:

Again, Epenesa is quite the talent. He could be a first round NFL Draft pick this coming year. He’s a force and Illinois has to deal with him in just a few days.

It knows exactly what it is dealing with.