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Is Recruiting The Root Cause of The Illini's Struggles?

Illinois suffered an embarrassing loss to Western Michigan on Saturday, a team many expected the Illini to defeat. But the manner in which they lost begs the question: How does this team's talent stack up compared to other programs?

A 34-10 loss to a MAC school (whether it's the favorite to win the MAC or not) raises a lot of questions for the Illini.  Maybe one of the biggest questions is whether or not this team really has the combination of talent and depth to be competitive this season into the near future.

Lovie Smith wasn't coy about the fact that he had concerns with depth when taking the job at Illinois.  And frankly, his concerns were 100% valid. 

Illinois does have some quality talent, but this roster top-to-bottom lacks quality depth at numerous positions.  And a lot of people I think forgot about that when making their projections for this season.  

But for those that forgot, Saturday's trip to the woodshed was a stark reminder of that deficiency, and the outlook for the rest of the season is not nearly as optimistic as some once thought.

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