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ASU vs. Illinois: Links & Stories About Illini, Sun Devils, Scheelhaase, Burfict

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It's already Wednesday - three full days until the Devils square off against the Fighting Illini in Champaign at 4:00 Pacific time Saturday on the Big Ten Network.

We will be covering this game in detail, but for today we have some links from around the web about the two teams as they prepare for the Big Ten vs. Pac-12 duel.

The best reason not to run Nathan Scheelhaase on Saturday: Vontaze Burfict - Hail to the Orange

Arizona State vs. Illinois: Sun Devils Face Tough Road Test Against Scheelhaase, Illini - SB Nation Arizona

22nd-ranked Sun Devils set sights on Illini - latimes.com
In the Top-25 for the first time since 2008, the 22nd-ranked Arizona State Sun Devils will hit the road for the first time in 2011, traveling to Champaign to take on the Illinois Fighting Illini at Memorial Stadium.

Illini must pay attention to Arizona State's stud linebacker - DailyHerald.com
Illinois welcomes one of the nation's most polarizing and popular players to Memorial Stadium on Saturday: Arizona State middle linebacker Vontaze Burfict. The Sun Devils middle linebacker owns a Butkus-esque reputation for destructive hits, which is one reason Lindy's and Blue Ribbon anointed him as the preseason national defensive player of the year.

azcentral.com blogs - Jeff Metcalfe - jeffmetcalfe - Sun Devil 101: First game after 1987 Rose Bowl was at Illinois
Arizona State's first football game at Illinois -- and the only one in Champaign until Saturday -- was the first game after its 1987 Rose Bowl win over Michigan.

ASU football slowed by tackling problems - Sports News from The Arizona Republic, USA Today and Gannett

College Football Rankings 2011: ASU Football Enters The Blogpoll At 21 - SB Nation Arizona