Gameday chat: 4 p.m. Saturday

Saturday, October 30, 2010 - 4:00pm

Talk with football beat writer Bob Asmussen after the Illinois-Purdue game

Bob Asmussen (moderator) — 04:00 PM on Sat, 10/30/2010

Welcome back to another postgame chat. I'm going to answer a few questions, then take a break, then come back to the chat. Hope that's OK.
Here we go.

Michael from Naperville, IL — 04:01 PM on Sat, 10/30/2010

Gator Bowl v. Florida

Bob Asmussen (moderator) — 04:02 PM on Sat, 10/30/2010


I think that would be awesome. I know Florida wanted no part of Illinois in 2007, but I think it would be fine with that game now.

Gator Bowl would be a great trip for Illinois fans. I've enjoyed the time I've spent in Jacksonville.

Dr. Phil from Orland Park, IL — 04:02 PM on Sat, 10/30/2010

Bob, I have always been a supporter of Juice Williams, so I saw your subtle dig on him in your piece on Scheelhaase when writing about having a senior qb last year and the team having a lousy record. Gee, I did not know that Juice had to play defense, too! Think how good those last two teams would have been with Coach Vic handling the defense. Also, how much better would Juice have been with Petrino and Brohm? I have not seen Scheelhaase lead this current team to a win in the fourth quarter like Juice did as a true freshman and on the road (MSU). This is not about Scheelhaase, but how words are phrased by a certain sportswriter, aka Bob. I think it needs to be clear that Juice was not responsible for everything that happened to those teams.

Bob Asmussen (moderator) — 04:04 PM on Sat, 10/30/2010

Dr. Phil,

You make a lot of great points. I thought Juice Williams did a lot of great things here and I didn't mean to point him out. Nathan Scheelhaase had the benefit of a redshirt year too, which would have helped Juice. They are different guys in different circumstances. But I didn't mean to throw Juice under the bus. His numbers at Illinois tell you that he had a very productive career. The lack of wins his final two seasons were certainly not on his shoulders.

Mr. G from Champaign, IL — 04:04 PM on Sat, 10/30/2010

Mr. Asmussen. It's halftime and I'm assuming this lead holds up. Just curious what it's going to take for Illinois to get ranked for the first time since, what, the Mizzou loss after the Rose Bowl?

Bob Asmussen (moderator) — 04:05 PM on Sat, 10/30/2010

Mr. G.,

Illinois is on my "considered list." Depending on what else happens today, they could move into the Top 25. Or close. It has a great chance to be ranked if it wins next Saturday at Michigan. Right now, I don't have a three-loss team in my Top 25, but this is the week that usually changes.

ATLIllini from Pittsburgh , PA — 04:06 PM on Sat, 10/30/2010

Thanks for the chats. FL runs plays where neither Brantley nor Burton start in the backfield. Then one motions in. It just screwed UGA up. Can Illinois run that look with Eddie in? Is it legal? No penalty was called.

Bob Asmussen (moderator) — 04:07 PM on Sat, 10/30/2010


As long as you have the right number of guys on the line and watch the motion, you can do almost anything on offense. College football is looking more and more like the CFL every year. I'll be curious to see the highlights of that game. I think it's important for both teams, but probably moreso for Florida.

Bob Asmussen (moderator) — 04:07 PM on Sat, 10/30/2010

I'm going to take a short break. I'll be back in about 15 minutes. Thanks for your patience.

Bob Asmussen (moderator) — 04:25 PM on Sat, 10/30/2010

Back for more questions. Thanks again for your help and patience.

Tim from Chicago, IL — 04:25 PM on Sat, 10/30/2010

Who controls what replays are shown inside Memorial Stadium? At the game we only see about 50% of the replays which is very frustrating. Go Illini.

Bob Asmussen (moderator) — 04:26 PM on Sat, 10/30/2010


From what I understand, that's controlled by the school's video department. Those guys do a great/thankless job. My guess is that time constraints might play into some of the missed replays. And I think there are some Big Ten guidelines that don't allow for the showing of controversial plays.

Charley from Bellingham, WA — 04:27 PM on Sat, 10/30/2010

What do you hope to see happen between Mich and PSU tonight? What kind of game tonight will make Mich more vulnerable vs. the Illini next Saturday? (other than a Robinson injury)

Bob Asmussen (moderator) — 04:28 PM on Sat, 10/30/2010


I'm going to go selfish on you. I want to see Michigan win because I think that will help next Saturday's game be in the afternoon. A Michigan loss could force the game back into the morning (noon Ann Arbor time). Penn State is physical. Michigan will be aware that it's been in a game.

Mitch from Barry, IL — 04:28 PM on Sat, 10/30/2010

Bob, what bowls had scouts at todays game?

Bob Asmussen (moderator) — 04:28 PM on Sat, 10/30/2010


The Capital One Bowl and the Dallas Football Classic. That's a new game that might not have a shot at Illinois. It picks sixth after the BCS. Illinois will go higher than that, in my opinion.

Illini1973 from Belleville, ILL...ini — 04:28 PM on Sat, 10/30/2010

Where were #11 and #99 today?

Bob Asmussen (moderator) — 04:29 PM on Sat, 10/30/2010


Jarred Fayson has a sore leg and was held out. Michael Buchanan played and had three tackles.

CBJ from Columbus, OH — 04:29 PM on Sat, 10/30/2010

Was Fayson out today?

Bob Asmussen (moderator) — 04:30 PM on Sat, 10/30/2010


Yes, he missed the game with a sore leg that Ron Zook said happened in practice. He wasn't giving many more details. I saw him on the sideline in uniform.

steve from champaign co, il — 04:30 PM on Sat, 10/30/2010

game ball goes to, and why?

Bob Asmussen (moderator) — 04:31 PM on Sat, 10/30/2010


Easy: Nathan Scheelhaase. Four touchdown passes on a windy day. And he ran well too. Depending on what happens in the league, he could be Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week.

Bob Asmussen (moderator) — 04:32 PM on Sat, 10/30/2010

I'm going to cut it off for today. Thanks for the questions. I'll talk to you on Tuesday and again next Saturday after the Illinois-Michigan game.

Happy Halloween and please be on the lookout for the youngsters on Sunday night.