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Illinois head coach Lovie Smith press conference following the Fighting Illini's 24-21 win over Ball State at Memorial Stadium on Sept. 2, 2017.

FightingIllini.com's Marissa Sulek talked to head coach Lovie Smith about the team's season-opener vs. Ball State coming up on Saturday (11 am CT on BTN)

Illinois head coach Lovie Smith addresses the media to preview the season-opener against Ball State coming up on Sept. 2, 2017 (11 am CT on BTN).

Dave, Gerry, and Howard discuss the impact that Lovie Smith's head coaching experience is having at Illinois.

Dave, Gerry, and Howard break down the task ahead for the second-year coaches in the Big Ten.

Dave, Gerry and Howard talk with Illinois head football coach Lovie Smith about what's ahead for the season.

Lovie Smith, Jaylen Dunlap, Christian DiLauro and Malik Turner talk about looking to improve under Lovie Smith's second year at Illinois.

Illinois head football coach Lovie Smith addressed the media following Saturday's practice that included a scrimmage.

Illinois opened 2017 Training Camp on Monday, July 31 at the Campus Recreation Fields on Florida and Goodwin in Urbana.