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...And Then They Had To Play
Rick Reilly
September 16, 1985
Illinois was talking and acting big until Southern Cal came to town with its mean defense, huge offensive line and cool QB
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September 16, 1985

...and Then They Had To Play

Illinois was talking and acting big until Southern Cal came to town with its mean defense, huge offensive line and cool QB

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The good news for Trojan fans is that USC seems to be as imposing as ever, even if the Illini are still not completely convinced. The best news is that both teams will be off probation by Jan. 1. "I'd like to see 'em in the Rose Bowl," says Williams, verbal restraint obviously still not one of his virtues. "Because if they make it, we'll beat 'em."

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