What happened, and what it means for Illini football

What happened, and what it means for Illini football

What happened

Illinois ran the ball better than expected, but the Illini offense couldn't finish drives with anything other than Chase McLaughlin field goals. Stopping the Cornhuskers' passing game wasn't any more successful, with Nebraska quarterback Tanner Lee able to exorcise some pick-six demons.

What it means

Is it time for a change at quarterback for the Illini? While Chayce Crouch was able to move the ball in the run game, he didn't make the throws — when asked to — to get Illinois in the end zone. The offense as it stands isn't putting points on the board, which Lovie Smith has stated his team has to do more consistently.

What's next

The challenge gets quite a bit stiffer for Illinois (2-2, 0-1 Big Ten) with a trip next week to Iowa City. The Hawkeyes (3-1, 0-1) aren't perfect — particularly when you consider the nearly 400 yards of total offense their defense has given up per game so far. The thing is, Illinois hasn't shown it has an offense that can take advantage.

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Moonpie wrote on September 30, 2017 at 9:09 am

Let me translate: they aren't any good, lack quaity players, and sorely need dynamic coaching. Lovie Dovie Savior Man couldn't get it done in his last two stops and won't here.

No amount of cheerleading from Tate and Company changes that.

They are a MAC team.