Everyone is curious to see how Illinois handles Big Ten play. Understandably so, considering Illinois is 1-21 in its last 22 league games. The Illini have two more nonconference tilts before dealing with Nebraska under the lights in Lincoln. Their biggest one comes in six days. Saturday’s game at Washington is the Illini’s first trip to Husky Stadium since 1972.
Staff writer Bob Asmussen is a voting member on the AP Top 25 football poll. Here is this week's ballot:
The pride of Tuscola is six years removed from his NFL playing days, during which he spent eight seasons with the Cardinals and Raiders. But the former Illini defensive lineman still follows the game — at all levels. Staff writer Bob Asmussen visited with the almost-36-year-old at his Champaign home:
Eureka! Illinois executed an interception Saturday.
At that stunning moment, with the sun boring through the fourth-quarter clouds at Memorial Stadium, Western Kentucky’s Hilltoppers saw their life flickering and flashing before their eyes.
Bob Asmussen is in his 26th year covering college football for The News-Gazette. Here are his thoughts and observations after Saturday’s second week of the season:
Sure, Illinois deserves to celebrate. For a moment. In the young season, you can’t be any better than 2-0.
Player of the game
Illini quarterback Wes Lunt
When Illinois wins, expect the Rochesterian to stay here. The Oklahoma State transfer had folks in the press box searching the record book for the most passing yards in Memorial Stadium history (Juice Williams at 462). Lunt finished 6 yards short. Just a hunch that he’s going to get it very soon.
CHAMPAIGN — Can’t fault the crowd for showing up a bit late on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
Maybe they knew better than anyone.