TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State did everything it was supposed to and then some in Week 1, rolling over FCS opponent Northern Arizona 63-6. Week 2 will not be so easy.
Hosting Illinois on Saturday, the Sun Devils face their first true test of the season, one that could offer a glimpse into how competitive they will be the remainder of the year.
"This is a big game for us, a very critical game," ASU coach Todd Graham said. "I think the first five games of this season are so critical for us as a program. Obviously, they get harder and harder and harder. It jumps up a whole bunch harder this week."
Illinois is certainly not a powerhouse, nor is it banging on the door of the top 25 after an as-expected 24-7 win over Western Michigan last week. The Fighting Illini are, however, a respected Big Ten team, one that beat ASU last season.
Both the Sun Devils and Illini have been through a great deal since they met in Champaign a year ago. Both got off to promising starts only to see their s...