Staff writer Bob Asmussen is a voting member of the AP Top 25 football panel. Here is this week's ballot:
1. Ohio State
2. Michigan State
Preps coordinator Anthony Zilis offers his area prep rankings after Week 6's action:
The Parkland volleyball team is rolling through another season unbeaten, ranked No. 1 in the country and with its sights set on a return trip to the NJCAA Division II National Championships — and a national title this time around.
In swimming and diving
■ At Danville. Uni High’s Ema Rajic took home five event titles and set pool records in the 100 breaststroke (1:06.03) and the 200 individual medley (2:09.12) at the Danville Pentathlon. Danville’s Lillie Hannan took the 50-yard breaststroke and the 50-yard backstroke.
One hundred years ago this season, coach Bob Zuppke’s (above, second from left) third Illini football team had a hard act to follow. A year before, the UI rolled to a 7-0 record and a mythical national championship. All-Americans Perry Graves, Ralph “Slooey” Chapman and Lennox Armstrong graduated, leaving Illinois with several significant holes in its lineup.
MINNEAPOLIS — Kevin Hambly pulled out all the stops with his rotation Saturday night against Minnesota.
Katie Roustio played on the right side in place of Naya Crittenden and Ali Stark. Maddie Mayers got some time at middle blocker to spell freshman Ali Bastianelli. In total, 13 different Illini saw the court against the Gophers.
Nebraska’s once-mighty Cornhuskers, now 2-3, are human again... it just took the Illini a little longer to figure it out.
No apologies needed, Illinois outplayed Nebraska. Let’s start there.
This week's edition of the Dick Van Dyke Appliance World WOW Plays of the Game blog comes with a little bonus. First, though, the calm before the dramatics. Here's Illinois touchdown number one...
And number two...
And the closing seconds...
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 second weekend of the season:
Hire him. Right now.
Don’t let Bill Cubit go one more second as interim coach.