Each Wednesday, beat writer Bob Asmussen projects his bowl lineup. This week, he's got Ron Zook's Illini headed west again:
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.