Talk with football beat writer Bob Asmussen after the Illinois-Purdue game
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.
Gator Bowl v. Florida
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.
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.
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. 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?
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.
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.
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.
I'm going to take a short break. I'll be back in about 15 minutes. Thanks for your patience.
Back for more questions. Thanks again for your help and patience.
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.
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.
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)
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.
Bob, what bowls had scouts at todays game?
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.
Where were #11 and #99 today?
Jarred Fayson has a sore leg and was held out. Michael Buchanan played and had three tackles.
Was Fayson out today?
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.
game ball goes to, and why?
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.
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.