Asmussen's Top 50: No. 50 Illinois
Bob Asmussen counts down his top 50 college football teams this upcoming season.
No. 50: Illinois
Coach: Tim Beckman
2013 Record: 4-8
Projected 2014 record: 7-5
Circle the date: Sept. 13 at Washington
Why No. 50: In Bill Cubit we trust. While the Illinois defense will be improved (it can’t get much worse), offensive guru Cubit will keep the Illini in games. There might be some 50-45 scores, but that will be fine with the fan base. The guess here is that Wes Lunt is everything the coaches expect and produces a Jeff George/Kurt Kittner-type season. And Josh Ferguson, playing behind a talented offensive line, is poised for an All-Big Ten level season.