In the grand scheme of things ... Illini let one slip away

AP Top 25 and Heisman Trophy voter Bob Asmussen is in his 27th year covering college football for The News-Gazette. Here are his thoughts and observations after the 11th weekend of the season:

Tate: Ohio State loss still carries positives

CHAMPAIGN — As kids a million years before Little League, we met at the lot and chose sides.

One for you and the next-best player on my side. It was fair.

For football teams in the Big Ten, there’s nothing fair about playing Ohio State these days. And it’s mighty unsettling for those on the wrong end of the lopsided talent distribution in college football.

Sunday Conversation: Paul Kowalczyk

Paul Kowalczyk was named Illinois’ interim athletic director on Monday. Staff writer Scott Richey caught up with Kowalczyk on Wednesday, less than 48 hours into his new job, to discuss what’s next for Illinois athletics, his previous stops at Southern Illinois and Colorado State, life as a Cleveland Browns fan and craft beer:

Illini legends, lists and lore: 1924 UI-Minnesota football

Ninety-one years ago Sunday — Nov. 15, 1924 — Red Grange and the Illini football team helped dedicate the University of Minnesota’s new Memorial Stadium.

Coincidentally, just four weeks earlier, Illinois had dedicated its own facility against Michigan, a game in which No. 77 was immortalized as one of football’s all-time greats.

Cubit addresses uncertain future

CHAMPAIGN — Bill Cubit stood near the tunnel that leads up to the Illinois locker room after No. 2 Ohio State downed his Illini 28-3 on Saturday afternoon, waiting for his players to filter past him.

The Illinois interim coach waited while a host of reporters placed their recording devices onto the podium inside the Illini team room.

Post Game show 11-14-15

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Scott takes your calls and reflects on today's loss against Ohio State.


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Too many mistakes hurt Illini

Beat writer Matt Daniels gives his quick reaction after the Illini suffered a 28-3 loss to No. 2 Ohio State on Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Champaign. 

Plays of the Game - tOSU

That was THE Ohio State University, and this is THE Dick Van Dyke Appliance World WOW Plays of the Game blog.  Without further the highlights...

This defensive effort early was promising...

Obligatory Ferg clip...

And this one sealed it...

LIVE! Ohio State

Ohio State 28, Illinois 3, FINAL

The Buckeyes ran the clock down after their fourth touchdown of the afternoon, killing off any idea of an Illini upset in the 2015 Memorial Stadium finale. Check in throughout the day and evening for Matt Daniels' video reaction, Bob Asmussen's grades and Loren Tate's thoughts following the Illinois setback.

Nov. 16 Bob Asmussen Chat

Monday, November 16, 2015 - 11:00am

What is next for the Illinois football team? How will Bill Cubit's guys do in the final two games, both on the road? Are there enough bowl games? Our longtime college football writer answers these and other questions. Feel free to ask him about anything on your mind.