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A first look: Western Illinois

Western Illinois opened its season with a 45-0 victory over Valparaiso last week.

That win snapped a 10-game losing streak.

So don't expect much competition for the Boilermakers in their home opener.

The Leathernecks won their season opener last season before losing 10 straight games to finish with the program's worst season in its 65 years.

Against Valpo, WIU had 569 yards of offense in the victory, and quarterback Matt Barr threw for 230 yards. Michigan State transfer Caulton Ray rushed for 86 yards on 16 carries and had a touchdown.

Western has two players from Indiana on its roster: junior offensive lineman Cameron Koehne (Indianapolis) and sophomore linebacker Sam Power (West Lafayette).