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Opening kick

Line play will be crucial for Indiana today against No. 19 Illinois.

The Illini lead the Big Ten with 17 sacks. Whitney Mercilus leads Illinois with 5½ sacks. The Hoosiers have allowed 13 sacks.

Offensively, Illinois has a strong running game. Four players have rushed for at least 200 yards. Quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase is second on the team with 259 rushing yards. He also has passed for 1,028 yards and seven touchdowns.

Indiana has just two sacks this season.

It is unknown whether Dusty Kiel or Edward Wright-Baker will start at quarterback for the Hoosiers. Wright-Baker missed last week’s game with an ankle injury. Kiel took a majority of the snaps early in the week.

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