Riding a wave of optimism, Carp examines Brad Underwood’s program building, Ayo and Kofi’s remarkable seasons (so far), and what this late-season surge could mean for Illini basketball moving forward.

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Illinois football enters October with tons of questions after a 44-19 drubbing at the hands of Purdue. Mike Carpenter discusses how the loss to Ryan Walters' Boilermakers is damaging to the short-and-long-term prospects of Bret Bielema's program. With a 1-8 record in their last 9 Power 5 games, where is this thing headed in Year 3 and beyond?

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