Maybe the problem is that we misunderstood Lovie Ball. It's not about turnovers and conservative play calling. It's looking like the worst team in all college football for the first third of the season and then beating #6 Wisconsin or hanging 41 on Nebraska completely out of nowhere.
So Illinois has a 2-1 record when their first or second string QB starts the game. Surprise surprise Illini aren’t good enough to win with their 4th string QB and missing a dozen or so players. But turns out they’re not too bad when just about at full strength.