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Old Nov 19, 2011, 01:11 PM   #76
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I predict the toilet bowl, oh wait the team is already in the toilet, guess that leaves down the drain?
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Old Nov 19, 2011, 01:16 PM   #77
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If we follow form and lose to Minnesota next week, I'm not sure we will get a bowl bid. What kind of fan support would Illinois have after that kind of finish?

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Old Nov 19, 2011, 01:38 PM   #78
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If we follow form and lose to Minnesota next week, I'm not sure we will get a bowl bid. What kind of fan support would Illinois have after that kind of finish?
With the offense seemingly finding something that works in the up-tempo style and the defense being, well, the defense I don't see how we lose to Minny. I think they only scored something like 17 against an NU D that is just horrid. Our D should hold them in check.
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Old Nov 19, 2011, 01:41 PM   #79
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I think we get a W against MN.
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Old Nov 19, 2011, 01:47 PM   #80
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I think we get a W against MN.
I hope so. But you're in the minority I'm afraid.
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Old Nov 19, 2011, 02:35 PM   #81
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With the offense seemingly finding something that works in the up-tempo style and the defense being, well, the defense I don't see how we lose to Minny. I think they only scored something like 17 against an NU D that is just horrid. Our D should hold them in check.
Two years ago, we had a very nice showing against OSU in a loss. Then with a bowl game hanging in the balance, we laid a stinker up in Evansville. Don't underestimate the ability for a Zook-coached team to completely implode in this situation.

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Old Nov 19, 2011, 02:50 PM   #82
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Two years ago, we had a very nice showing against OSU in a loss. Then with a bowl game hanging in the balance, we laid a stinker up in Evansville. Don't underestimate the ability for a Zook-coached team to completely implode in this situation.
I don't see how anyone can say we can't lose to Minnesota. All you have to do is look back a year and see what Zook football is capable of. And that was at home.
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Old Nov 19, 2011, 04:42 PM   #83
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Two years ago, we had a very nice showing against OSU in a loss. Then with a bowl game hanging in the balance, we laid a stinker up in Evansville. Don't underestimate the ability for a Zook-coached team to completely implode in this situation.
completely different coaching staff and not NEARLY as good of a defense. I agree it could happen but I'm not expecting it to like most.
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Old Nov 19, 2011, 04:43 PM   #84
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Is guess the Gator Bowl dream is over
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Old Nov 19, 2011, 04:45 PM   #85
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completely different coaching staff and not NEARLY as good of a defense. I agree it could happen but I'm not expecting it to like most.
Well then how about 2010, when we came off a great win against NW in Wrigley only to lay a stinking pile on Fresno turf.

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Old Nov 19, 2011, 04:47 PM   #86
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Well then how about 2010, when we came off a great win against NW in Wrigley only to lay a stinking pile on Fresno turf.
Better analogy...I still am not expecting us to lose.
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Old Nov 19, 2011, 05:31 PM   #87
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Better analogy...I still am not expecting us to lose.
We will lose 10-7.
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Old Nov 20, 2011, 02:37 PM   #88
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RT @PeteThamelNYT Miami will "withhold the UM football team from bowl consideration following the 2011 regular season" because of NCAA inquiry.

RT @slmandel Miami's decision means San Fran bowl will have an open spot. Expect surplus Big Ten team (Illinois, Northwestern or Purdue) to land there.
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Old Nov 20, 2011, 03:13 PM   #89
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RT @PeteThamelNYT Miami will "withhold the UM football team from bowl consideration following the 2011 regular season" because of NCAA inquiry.

RT @slmandel Miami's decision means San Fran bowl will have an open spot. Expect surplus Big Ten team (Illinois, Northwestern or Purdue) to land there.
New Mexico may have a spot too. I think we will get in somewhere but it would be nice to win next week and ensure it.
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Old Nov 20, 2011, 06:46 PM   #90
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"At-large: Illinois vs. TBA"

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Old Nov 20, 2011, 07:05 PM   #91
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2011 Bowl Projections - Week 12
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Brad Edwards: New Orleans Bowl (Dec. 17th) (Illinois vs. Arkansas State)
Rematch vs. The Red Wolves!?
New Orleans Bowl would be interesting in that Asmussen was projecting a Sugar Bowl birth a few weeks back. We would still be playing at the Superdome! :laugh:


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Old Nov 20, 2011, 07:07 PM   #92
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I predict the toilet bowl, oh wait the team is already in the toilet, guess that leaves down the drain?
Thread is about Bowl projections, not Bowel Projections or bowel movements, got it

I predict the Champaign Bowl (team bowling party) . . in other words they stay home
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Old Nov 20, 2011, 07:38 PM   #93
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Fun Fact-

If Illinois ends up in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco (Saturday, 12/31, 2:30pm CT), we would have a PERFECT OVERLAP with Hoops at Purdue (3:00pm CT).

On second thought, that wouldn't be fun at all.
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Old Nov 20, 2011, 08:52 PM   #94
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Fun Fact-

If Illinois ends up in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco (Saturday, 12/31, 2:30pm CT), we would have a PERFECT OVERLAP with Hoops at Purdue (3:00pm CT).

On second thought, that wouldn't be fun at all.
...except for those of us who live in Northern CA!
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Old Nov 20, 2011, 10:39 PM   #95
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Better analogy...I still am not expecting us to lose.
I'm not expecting us to lose, but I think the odds of us losing are much higher than the current spread would indicate.

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Old Nov 21, 2011, 11:55 AM   #96
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ing for the January 2nd TicketCity Bowl, the only bowl I believe among the Illini's options at this point to NOT have an overlap hoops conflict. Seems like kinda a long shot. My, what a disaster this season is/was.
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Old Nov 22, 2011, 06:27 PM   #97
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Lose to Minnesota = R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, Saturday, December 17th. (No conflict with Hoops vs UNLV at the UC)

Beat Minnesota = Little Caesars Bowl Detroit, Tuesday, December 27th. (End of football game will conflict 15-30 minutes with start of Illinois Hoops vs Minnesota at the Hall)

Allegedly.

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Old Nov 22, 2011, 06:40 PM   #98
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Yes, the Gildan New Mexico Bowl is also on the 17th and might be in need of an at large team. But I will stay in denial for now that that's a possibility for Illinois.
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Old Nov 22, 2011, 06:43 PM   #99
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Lose to Minnesota = R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, Saturday, December 17th. (No conflict with Hoops vs UNLV at the UC)

Beat Minnesota = Little Caesars Bowl Detroit, Tuesday, December 27th. (End of football game will conflict 15-30 minutes with start of Illinois Hoops vs Minnesota at the Hall)

Allegedly.
So if we win, we go to Detroit, but if we lose, we go to New Orleans. I may have to root for the Gophers.
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Old Nov 22, 2011, 06:50 PM   #100
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I absolutely hate the corporate sponsorship names on the bowl games. Tacky.
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