Even though he had the day off and spent the morning doing the Big Ten Network's pregame show, coach Pat Fitzgerald weighed in on how Illinois looked against Michigan State. MSU beat the Illini 26-6 last Saturday. Fitzgerald said the Illini's defensive line were very active and "their front seven were flying around." Maybe that could be an accurate scouting report a month before NU meets the Illini at Wrigley Field on Nov. 20.
Monday at Fitzgerald's weekly press conference, there was still some rehash over the Purdue loss. With Purdue running a new quarterback in Rob Henry, NU's staff had to make adjustments and Fitzgerald was at least pleased with how his staff handled the change.
One interesting attendance note from Oct. 9: the crowd of 33,847 improved NU's season average for three home games. The average crowd of 29,798 is 51.1 percent higher than NU's first three home games a year ago.