Illinois will be an important game for Rutgers in 2018, and the Illini’s poor quarterback situation has improved.

Every Rutgers fan knows the math: The Scarlet Knights have made it clear one of their goals in 2018 is to make their first bowl trip in four seasons, and they will need six wins to achieve it.

The equation was altered a bit Monday night by news out of Champaign.

Virginia Tech quarterback A.J. Bush will transfer to Illinois as a graduate student for his final collegiate season, according to Illini Inquirer. It’s a move Rutgers has to take note of.

It’s hard to see the Scarlet Knights finding a path to a 6-6 finish and bowl eligibility without a win over Illinois when the Illini come to Piscataway in mid-October. The Illini are also coming off a 2-10 season and a winless finish in Big Ten play. Rutgers beat Illinois last year on the road, and played it tough at home in 2016.

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While the Scarlet Knights undoubtedly remain favored to beat Illinois on Oct. 6 at High Point Solutions Stadium, but the Illini have to be considered a bit more formidable now that they’ve added another option to arguably the worst quarterback situation in the Big Ten.

Prior to landing Bush, Illinois had just one scholarship quarterback in the fold for this fall – Cam Thomas, who flashed as a freshman in four games last year, threw five picks and no touchdowns to go along with his 4.5 yards-per-carry.

Bush was Virginia Tech’s backup last season, his only year with the Hokies. Bush went 7-for-11 passes for 99 yards and a touchdown and ran for 135 yards in five games. The former 3-star recruit from Georgia started his …read more

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