Bob's Bowl Forecast: Illinois comes up Rose(s)

Bob's Bowl Forecast: Illinois comes up Rose(s)

Bob's Bowl Forecast

Did Illinois save itself a BCS berth with the comeback win against Northwestern? Definitely, according to News-Gazette college football writer Bob Asmussen, though he once again has changed Illinois' destination and opponent. In a good way. Think Keith Jackson and parades. Every Thursday until the selections are made Dec. 4, he'll deliver his BCS pairings plus Illinois' destination. Once again, the BCS is a destination for the Illini.

BCS Championship

Wisconsin vs. LSU

You see what happens when you mess with the Badgers? You get your cornhead torn off. New Big Ten member Nebraska never really had a chance in Madison. Not at night. Not with Russell Wilson running the Wisconsin offense to perfection. The Midseason Heisman Trophy winner might be a bit on the boring side during interviews. But he's a nightmare for opposing defenses on the field. For LSU, the season comes down to Nov. 5 at Alabama. Sure, there are three other ranked teams on the schedule, including Saturday's game against Florida. But the Gators, Auburn and Arkansas aren't real threats.

Rose Bowl

Illinois vs. Oregon

Last time these two got together, the Ducks rallied in the fourth quarter for a victory at Eugene. Of course, that was 16 years and two Illini coaches ago. Lou Tepper took his 1995 squad to Autzen Stadium and almost pulled off the win. It will be a greater challenge for Ron Zook against Oregon at Pasadena. The Ducks laid an egg in the opener against LSU, but it might be time to credit the Tigers. Hard to imagine Oregon losing many games the rest of the season. If any. And if it keeps rolling, it will get to host the first Pac-12 title game. Seems fair.

Sugar Bowl

Alabama vs. Oklahoma

Hate to pick against the Crimson Tide in the SEC, especially with the LSU game at home. Nick Saban's guys just went to Florida and drained the Swamp. There aren't any challenges between now and Nov. 5. Unless they are forced to have a debate against Vanderbilt or play a women's basketball game against Tennessee. The problem for the SEC is that Alabama and LSU can't both play in the conference title game. They are the two best teams. Easily. The guess here is the Sooners drop one game this season. Unfortunately, it will be the one Dec. 3 at Oklahoma State. OUch.

Fiesta Bowl

Oklahoma State vs. Boise State

Cowboys vs. Broncos. Sounds perfect. Of course, Mike Gundy and Chris Petersen would prefer to play in New Orleans later in January. Problem for both schools is that they have too many teams to jump over. Boise State isn't going to lose. Not Friday against Fresno State. Not at Colorado State. Or UNLV. Or San Diego State. The new league is basically as soft as the old one. At least these two will put on a show. They both have star quarterbacks and enough trick plays for a magician. Enjoy.

Orange Bowl

West Virginia vs. Clemson

Raise your hand if you actually plan to watch this game. Certainly, there will be something better to watch Jan. 4. Like reruns of "Seinfeld." Or my new favorite, "All-American Handyman" on HGTV. All the folks in West Virginia will tune in. And some in South Carolina. That's about it. No offense to Clemson, one of the surprise teams of the season. Even if the Tigers win out, they aren't going to jump over the teams ahead of them. West Virginia will audition for other leagues. The hunch is the SEC eventually comes calling.

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jgrout wrote on October 06, 2011 at 9:10 am

If you'll pardon my frankness, it is far easier to imagine Stanford in Pasadena than it is to imagine Illinois there.

kevinwood wrote on October 06, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't the B1G championship loser automatically get the Rose Bowl invite if the winner goes to the BCS National Championship? In this scenario, Wisconsin only goes to the NCG if they are undefeated. If that's the case, then we don't get into the B1G championship. The best we could do would be the Capital One Bowl.

jecarl2 wrote on October 06, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Not necessarily, with the BCS system the Rose Bowl does not have to take a Big Ten team if the Conference champion is in the BCS Championship.

jecarl2 wrote on October 06, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Last week it was the Orange Bowl, the week before the Sugar, let me guess, next week it'll be the Fiesta then the BCS Championship.

Smackey wrote on October 06, 2011 at 4:10 pm

Oh yea, the picks will keep changing. the news gazette has a low standard for these picks. they are meant to be fun not accurate.