Maryland says "hold my beer"We made Mertz look like the next Andrew Marty. The Rutgers vs. Michigan State game should have been called The Illini Bowl because the loser will be playing Illinois in the last game of the season. Bring on Sparty! I hope I am just overeating after the first game of the season.
As you noted earlier, we take what we can get where "modern" Illini football is concerned. (And I'm fully aware that to an undergrad reading this, it seems daft to refer to the '80s as "modern!")The Illini wins against OSU did cross my mind when I was posting. I decided while it was sweet indeed, that limited success does not make for a great season by itself.
We need to start Williams and get him valuable experience now! Peter's looked horrible and good the ball too long! He made some nice runs but he was really off! I think it may be time to look towards the future and use the talent you got! Matt Robinson even seems like he could do better to be honest! Give those two more reps and experience!I see your point, but I think the difference is that the Alabama/Clemson/OSU “system” will always be recruit 4/5 stars, have (some of) them wait and learn and grow and then unleash them to make plays in years 2,3, (and maybe) 4.
I think Robert is looking to programs we can aspire to be. We will never be never have a system like those schools. Ever.
I disagree that Wisconsin had studs all over the field. But you know what you’re getting with them. I don’t know their recruiting ranking, but they have been able to build a machine that doesn’t depend on large classes of 4/5 star recruits.
that’s where we need to be. Wisconsin/Iowa aren’t in a situation with a Brandon Peters and a Deuce Spann and williams as QBs. There is a system. It feels like we’re in chaos.
“Everyone texting me this tonight, ‘It’s time to consider the portal (because) you have three (years) left (especially because) they promised to use (tight ends) and only one pass bounced off ground into a double coverage,’” Tim Ford tweeted, referencing his son’s lone target. “Does make me think a father son sit down coming. Offense was atrocious.”Where was Luke Ford last night? Also Beason didn't do much and Cooper was ok. Barnes looked great
As you noted earlier, we take what we can get where "modern" Illini football is concerned. (And I'm fully aware that to an undergrad reading this, it seems daft to refer to the '80s as "modern!")
I also recall the 1985 win v. OSU in Champaign (we were unranked and OSU was #5 in the nation) in which Chris White nailed a FG in the waning seconds to pull out a 31-28 win. I was a sophomore and several OSU students I'd worked with the preceding summer in Columbus came out for the game and crashed in my room in Snyder Hall that overlooked Memorial Stadium. They turned out to be fairly inconsiderate and my roommate (who was a night clerk and so didn't get back to the room until early Saturday morning) was pi$$ed off. I had to work that afternoon and came back to my room as the game was ending. I turned on the radio to listen to the game and the Illini were setting up for the FG. It was a warm, beautiful afternoon as I recall. Back then we always seemed to play them in early October. The windows in my room were open and I turned off the radio and closed my eyes; couldn't bear to listen. It was very quiet and then a huge roar erupted from the stadium. Next best thing to being there! Will never forget that roar. Or the sullen disposition of my rude overnight guests a half-hour later as they packed up to leave, wondering why they'd driven 300 miles to watch their team lose!
I had the good luck to be present for three of the six football wins in Columbus from 1988-2001. It was pretty sweet and I still remember each game fondly. Don't deny an old man his fond memories . Am hoping that we all have many of those to look forward to in several years.
Tested psotive Sunday. Could theoretically have exposed Illinois players Friday depending on when his symptoms started. Also another teammate could have given it to him, increasing the likelihood of an Illinois player exposure.
Dude was obviously already on steroids Friday.....Tested psotive Sunday. Could theoretically have exposed Illinois players Friday depending on when his symptoms started. Also another teammate could have given it to him, increasing the likelihood of an Illinois player exposure.
Regardless of whether they started their first, second or fourteenth string qb our offense is still terrible and the defense doesn't look much better.
Not to mention he was in close contact with the rest of his teammates., who were in turn close to the rest of our team.I’m less worried about the fact they thumped us and more worried about our players getting sick.
I know some of the commenters were being pithy with their “we social distanced from him, lol” type comments, but Illinois sacked him twice, tackled him three more times on scrambles, and certainly came in close proximity to him multiple more times.