NCAAF  > General NCAAF  > Is Illinois for real?
October 11, 2011, 03:46 PM
I've watched the Arizona State, NU, and Indiana games and I say yes.

They have a LOT of playmakers: Scheelhaase (2nd highest pass efficiency in big ten), AJ Jenkins (best receiver in nation), Mercilus (best pass rusher and name in NCAA), Wilson (defensive player of the week in big ten), and a couple others on defensive end.

Their only weakness is at RB and it seems they have finally figured that out as well (Pollard averages over nine yards a carry).

Prediction:

Illinois 41
Ohio State 10

Illinois will win at Purdue and at Penn State to go 9-0 and set up two home games against Wisconsin and Michigan.

Illini HAVE to be considered in the BCS bowl discussion.


meow!!!
October 11, 2011  04:57 PM ET

Bah, they are an illusion. Its all in your head.

October 11, 2011  05:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Bah, they are an illusion. Its all in your head.

HISSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!

October 11, 2011  07:29 PM ET

Who's an illusion?

October 11, 2011  08:04 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Who's an illusion?

Some dude named Copperfield.

October 11, 2011  08:53 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Who's an illusion?

We are all an illusion to you...ignore us and we will go away...or not....BWAHAHAHAHAHA

October 11, 2011  09:24 PM ET

A 6-0 Illinois is one of the bigger surprises in CFB this season.

While a win against tOSU is possible, I seriously doubt a 41-10 beatdown that you are predicting. Their defense is vastly superior to the 1-5 Indiana squad the Illini beat 41-20 last week.

It's a bit premature to be talking BCS for any team, but what the heck:
Since the Illini are in the same division as the Badgers, I don't see Illinois winning their division and playing the CCG. More realistic is hoping the Illini go 11-1 or 10-2 and get an at-large bid.

The rub though, is to get an at-large bid, they need to finish ahead of all the other Big10 teams in polls besides wisky. Right now, they are behind Michigan and a 1 loss Nebraska in the polls, but ahead of Sparty and Penn State.

October 11, 2011  09:39 PM ET

With Zooker, no lead is safe. The guy has flashes of leading a team on the upswing, only to follow it soon enough with a crash. He just cannot hold a team on the right path for any extended period of time. That's been his history, and I see no reason to expect that to change.

Helluva recruiter, though, as always.

October 12, 2011  01:59 AM ET

Robster needs an NCAA update. 2011 will be the THIRD time the Illini make a BCS bowl game in the last ten years. Not Great, but not bad, either.

I expect the Zookster to be named NCAA Coach of the Year.

The Zook era has begun.

meow!!!

October 12, 2011  09:13 AM ET

Braxton will be playing and I think the team sec will prove out!

October 12, 2011  09:21 AM ET

You really think Illinois will put up 40 on Ohio State? You do realize it's the Buckeye's offense that sucks and not their D, right?

October 12, 2011  09:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

I expect the Zookster to be named NCAA Coach of the Year.The Zook era has begun.meow!!!

HA-HA-HA...wait a second...HA-HA-HA. How is Zook gonna win COY when he probably won't even be the conference COY? That honor will most likely go to Coach Bielema.

October 12, 2011  11:43 AM ET

I thought the COY was going to hoke?

October 12, 2011  11:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

I thought the COY was going to hoke?

Ya never really know. I don't wanna sound biased here but I don't think UM will run the table. Their road games at MSU this weekend and Illinois (11/12) won't be easy and Nebraska makes a visit to ann arbor also. And um could face Wisky in the BigTen title game.

October 12, 2011  08:57 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Robster needs an NCAA update. 2011 will be the THIRD time the Illini make a BCS bowl game in the last ten years. Not Great, but not bad, either.I expect the Zookster to be named NCAA Coach of the Year.The Zook era has begun.meow!!!

Maybe he will.


The experience we had with the guy is not pretty. If your fan base is happy with the once-in-a-while really good season mixed in with a bunch of mediocre ones, he may be a great guy for you.

October 12, 2011  09:51 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Maybe he will.The experience we had with the guy is not pretty. If your fan base is happy with the once-in-a-while really good season mixed in with a bunch of mediocre ones, he may be a great guy for you.

With a championship game and ND + BSU both strong, a second B1G team is less likely than in the past. No way a 2 or 3 loss team gets in.

October 12, 2011  09:55 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

With a championship game and ND + BSU both strong, a second B1G team is less likely than in the past. No way a 2 or 3 loss team gets in.

My bad. Thought ND was 5-1 and not 4-2. Scratch that part due to brain fart.

October 13, 2011  01:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

You really think Illinois will put up 40 on Ohio State? You do realize it's the Buckeye's offense that sucks and not their D, right?

No, i think it will be more like 27-10 or 27-14.

The Illini have a balanced offensive attack and can adapt to either the run (Arizona State), the pass (Northwestern) or a balanced (Indiana) attack depending upon the opposing defense.

meow!!!

October 13, 2011  01:15 AM ET

can we skip the cheap cat videos? i'm not really a cat. i'm a metrosexual man kitty.

meow!!!

October 13, 2011  06:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#20):

can we skip the cheap cat videos? i'm not really a cat. i'm a metrosexual man kitty.meow!!!

It's the catchphrase. Please don't.

 
October 13, 2011  03:40 PM ET
QUOTE(#20):

can we skip the cheap cat videos? i'm not really a cat. i'm a metrosexual man kitty.meow!!!

Are you cain?

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