Staff writer Bob Asmussen is a voting member of the AP Top 25 panel. Here is this week's ballot:
1. Alabama 1
2. Ohio State 2
3. Louisville 15
4. Clemson 4
5. Michigan 5
6. Houston 6
7. Stanford 10
8. Georgia 7
9. Michigan State 13
MONTICELLO — It wasn’t quite the 602-yard passing onslaught of two years ago, but Caleb Hanson and the Monticello offense showed they can sling it with Sages teams of yesteryear on Saturday.
Another Monticello-Unity football shootout saw the Sages pick up a 52-36 win for their first Okaw Valley Conference victory of the season.
OLYMPIA FIELDS — Dylan Meyer carded a field-best 3-under-par 67 Saturday in the OFCC/Fighting Illini Invite’s second round, pushing Illinois men’s golf’s advantage to 21 strokes over Texas A&M through two rounds.
The common theme for the first three weeks of the season has been bad weather.
ST. LOUIS — Passing has been something of a struggle for Illinois throughout its nonconference slate.
Spot on passing facilitates the type of quick attack Illinois coach Kevin Hambly wants to run, and the Illini are tough to beat when sophomore setter Jordyn Poulter can work the ball at that speed to all of her available hitters.
Longtime college football writer and AP Top 25 voter Bob Asmussen weighs in on Saturday’s Illinois loss to Western Michigan:
■ Considering the opponent, when was the last time Illinois played so poorly at home? I’d go back to the 2012 game against Louisiana Tech, a 52-12 loss. That was Tim Beckman’s fourth game as coach.
CHAMPAIGN — Wes Lunt’s arm sure looked like it was going forward.
The Illinois quarterback thought so. Along with most of his offensive teammates.
But the officials didn’t. And even after a replay review, a controversial fumble call stood late in the first quarter with Illinois already trailing Western Michigan 14-0.
CHAMPAIGN — Winter press conferences can espouse winning. So can letters promising similar outcomes to fans. Along with trend-setting social media posts.
Flashback videos on the Memorial Stadium scoreboard can all hint at the possibility.
“Each year as autumn leaves fall, we are Kansas. Or Iowa State. Shame on us. But that’s who we are.”
“Honeymoons seldom last much more than six months, and this affair with Lovie Smith didn’t either.”
“You can’t win games if you can’t run, and Western Michigan outrushed Illinois 287-3 with 13 dashes of 8 yards or more. That’s no misprint. It was 287 to 3.”