Illinois travels to Tampa to take on the USF Bulls this Friday night on ESPN. Here are some of the key matchups we are watching out for this week.

Lovie Smith’s team psyche vs. Charlie Strong’s break in routine

Here at TCR, our hearts and thoughts go out to all of those who were and still are suffering from the wrath of Hurricane Irma.
One can bet for at least a few days over the past week, football was not at the forefront of USF’s minds — that applies to coaches, players, students, administrators and fans. That in and of itself is a break in game preparation routine. USF’s scheduled game against Connecticut last Saturday was canceled. The Bulls won their first two games against San Jose State and Stony Brook by a combined score of 73-39.

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