More incentive to stomp all over the Hawkeyes, thanks to the great investigative work by Robert on the Big Ten's 2020 tiebreaker rules..................We're hot, and we're playing very well of late. With a week off, we should have nearly everyone healthy in another week. Time to reset our "anticipated 2020 W/L record".
* At Iowa (we played common opponent NEB stronger than did Iowa) -- WIN
* At Northwestern (we owe them big time) -- WIN
* Week 9 game against a relative peer, perhaps Mich. St. -- WIN
We finish 5-3 overall, behind NW and Wisconsin, and get invited to a lucrative Bowl Game in late December.
I see that Iowa is ranked #10 FEI. We're #85, which makes a spread of just -12 pretty good/favorable.
That was my sophomore year and I was one of those 73k or so in the stands. If I recall correctly, had Michigan not lost the week before to UCLA, ESPN College Gameday would have been in Champaign. That was the loudest I had heard that stadium get (though from stories I have heard, the OSU game in 83 topped it). I couldn't hear the Navy guys ringing the bell when Illinois scored. I could see them ringing it, but the crowd was so loud it drowned out the bell tolls. And then... everything came crashing down (figuratively speaking). Had those calls not been blown, you could definitely make an argument that Illinois Football would be in a very different place today.Oh man that's painful memories there. What an atmosphere though. They stuffed an insane amount of people into the stadium!
The Smiths 24 The Tragically Unhip 21
And, ironically, Lemonnier was (is?) a rules analyst for ESPN.