Illinois quarterback Juice Williams began the season as a much more logical all-conference candidate than Purdue's Joey Elliott.
Williams led the Illini to the Rose Bowl two years ago and was a second-team all-Big Ten pick last season. Elliott is a first-time starter who his coach admittedly protected early in the season.
Two months into the season, their fortunes have reversed.
Elliott leads the Big Ten in yards passing, passing touchdowns and total offense, and led the Boilermakers to a win over then-No. 7 Ohio State last week.
Williams is barely hanging onto his job.
The quarterback situations are a key reason why the buzz around the two teams are much different heading into Saturday's matchup at Ross-Ade Stadium.