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BLOOMIGNTON, Ind. (AP) — A common theme among Indiana players this week was that the Hoosiers are not taking Southern Illinois lightly.
Forget that the Salukis are an FCS opponent. The only other time Indiana has played Southern Illinois was 2006 when Indiana blew a 21-7 third-quarter lead at home, and the Salukis left with a stunning 35-28 victory.
Indiana coach Kevin Wilson said he reminded his team this week that Southern Illinois has had as many players taken in the NFL Draft recently as the Hoosiers.
As a program, Indiana has no reason to look beyond any opponent whether it's a Big Ten rival or non-conference foe. In the last 21 seasons, Indiana has only been to one bowl game — the 2007 Insight Bowl.
Southern Illinois is coming off a 6-6 record last season including a 3-5 record in the Missouri Valley Football Conference. But they were just 2-4 on the road.
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