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Halftime Chat – Minnesota

I mean, you totally expected David Cobb to have 28 yards on 12 carries at the half, right? And for our defense to have held Minnesota to 86 yards on 31 plays? All of this TOTALLY EXPECTED, right? Of course not, which is what Martin O'Donnell and I discussed at halftime. … [Read More...]



SOC – Minnesota

Stream Of Consciousness posts this year have a theme: me going around on Friday nights avoiding what I really feel about the game and then writing that. In August, … [Read More...]



Hey Jenny Slater. Hey Jenny Slater.

This post will be... uncomfortable for some of you. For others, it will be very "dinosaur discusses social media". Some might applaud. Many will boo. But I think … [Read More...]

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Turnovers Are Football

I think this will be my shortest post ever. Every other blogger on the planet puts up 250 word posts, but I'm not happy unless I beat a point to death. So this is me trying to maybe not belabor a point and just let some charts and graphs do the talking. The … [Read More...]


Those Were The Days – Minnesota

Each fired Illini coach had one really good year.  Zook 2007. Turner 2001.  And Lou Tepper 1994.  No, it wasn't a BCS bowl like the other two, but that 1994 team was a few plays here and there from a possible nine or ten-win season.  In the end, it was a … [Read More...]


Craig Has The Scout – Minnesota

After the bye week, Craig is back with a brand new invention. Something grabbed a hold of him tightly. And I'm pretty sure that it's our linebackers and safeties and their struggle maintaining gap accountability. Next up - #4 rusher in the nation David Cobb! … [Read More...]

NCAA FOOTBALL: SEP 20 Texas State at Illinois

NERDstats Aren’t Helping II

Three years ago today, we were 6-1, bowl-bound, ranked, and I was all panicked about a losing streak. We've now won one Big Ten game since (we've. won. one. Big. Ten. game. since. October. 2011.), and I thought I'd revisit the NERDstats that predicted our … [Read More...]

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Frequently Asked Questions

I feel like a bye week is a great time to answer some of your questions about this website. People will pull me aside at a tailgate and ask something, or I might get several questions over Twitter and email, so I figured I'd group them here and answer in … [Read More...]


(I’m Finally Getting Around To The) Looks Like University Of Illinois – Caleb Reams

I hate it when I do this. Caleb Reams committed to Illinois on August 9th - the day I took my son to the PGA Championship before heading up to Rantoul - and despite having an entire week to blog in Rantoul, I completely forgot his LLUOI. That's unacceptable. … [Read More...]

Fighting Illini Basketball Scrimmage

Slapdash – Hoopyball Edition

I hope "hoopyball" isn't trademarked or anything.  At least I hope it's not a term associated with someone's writing.  I see it on Twitter from time to time, and I think it's funny, so I'm going to start using it until someone contacts my lawyer, Brumby F. … [Read More...]

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Check The Tape – Wisconsin

Can I just bury this here in the Check The Tape post?  The Gray Ghost uniforms we'll be wearing against Minnesota in two weeks?  I'm trying so hard to be excited about them.  But I just can't find it inside.  A direct reference to Red Grange should be … [Read More...]

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Back And Forth – Wisconsin

In a podcast back in February, Steve and I talked about the upcoming Minnesota game as the pivot point. We were pretty sure we'd lose all of our road games and win all of our home games up until this point, so Minnesota would be when we learn some answers. And … [Read More...]


What Is Asked Of Us

I'm flipping around last night. Ole Miss is beating Texas A&M. Look, there's some highlights of Mississippi State's win over #2. Incredible comeback for #5 Baylor. Duke beat a ranked Georgia Tech team. All of our former basement brethren, now all growns … [Read More...]

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