As the countdown to Saturday's season-opener against Western Michigan continues to dwindle, the Illini worked out on the Memorial Stadium turf once again on Wednesday. After practice wrapped up, workers completed the installation of the bowl banners on the barriers separating the stands from the field, including the Rose Bowl banner.
A crew also installed the 90-foot flag pole in the northwest corner of the stadium that will fly the Stars and Stripes on game day. It was pretty interesting to watch the crane lift the pole from the ground to an upright position and move it over the hole where it will be sunk 10 feet into the ground (so it ends up being 80 feet tall).
A few more banners will be hung throughout the rest of the week as crews put the finishing touches on the stadium to get it ready for Saturday's opener.
In case you missed it, Saturday's game will be broadcast nationally on ESPNU. Anish Shroff, who hosts a number of studio shows on ESPNU, will handle play-by-play duties, and former Boise State and Colorado head coach Dan Hawkins will be the analyst.