Week 9: Ex-Illini in the NFL

Jeff Allen and Jon Asamoah, Chiefs: Starting offensive guards helped Kansas City remain perfect and paved way for 95 rushing yards against Buffalo.

Alan Ball, Jaguars: Cornerback was on his bye this week.

Arrelious Benn, Eagles: Receiver is on injured reserve.

Loren Tate: Close doesn't count for football

Blowout losses don’t offer much for armchair quarterbacks to chew on.

Many UI fans stopped paying close attention after the Illini fell behind Washington 31-10, Nebraska 30-5, Wisconsin 28-10 and 42-17, and Michigan State 28-3. Fourth quarters didn’t matter. There was little room for strategy discussions.

Asmussen Top 25

Here's how staff writer Bob Asmussen voted in this week's AP poll:

Asmussen: One more year for Beckman (at least)


In the grand scheme of things ...

College football writer and AP voter Bob Asmussen’s musings after the 10th week of the season:

Latest Big Ten loss hurts a bit extra

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — A few Illinois coaches and staff members made their way onto the Beaver Stadium grass more than two hours before kickoff Saturday morning.

Most took photos on their smart phones of the impressive venue from field level.
Capturing the moment. Soaking in the scene. Cherishing the quiet of the stadium before the raucous atmosphere of 95,131 fans made their way in.

Penn State 24, UI 17: Notebook


STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Nathan Scheelhaase aimed for the left corner of the end zone.

His favorite target all game long, Spencer Harris, was there. 

Rossow's Big Ten report: Hail Sparty!

Jim Rossow’s Big Ten report after Saturday's games



UI vs Penn State Football 2013

Illinois takes on Penn State on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa. 

Illini grade vs. Penn State: B

Player of the game: Illinois’ Nathan Scheelhaase

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