Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

Leman leads Illini turnaround: 'We aren't doormats'

COLUMBUS, Ohio – J Leman figured to see his team on the lead of "SportsCenter" on Saturday night. But he wasn't counting on anything.

"Unless Wilt Chamberlain's record gets broken, 100 points," the Illinois linebacker said. "That will probably happen. Stanford beat USC the last time we beat somebody big."

Upon further review

Sports editor Jim Rossow's take on Saturday's contest:

Big Ten football

Want to know which of Saturday's games are worth your time? Here's the scoop from sports editor Jim Rossow, who at 49-27 after a 4-2 week is bowl eligible:

Ten questions for Abe Woodson

The electric halfback (40) did a bit of everything in 1956, leading the Illini in rushing, receiving, scoring and even punting en route to All-Big Ten honors. One of his best days came in a win against No. 1 Michigan State at Memorial Stadium, the Illini's last victory against a top-ranked opponent. Sports editor JIM ROSSOW caught up with the 73-year-old volunteer chaplain for the Nevada prison system – he's lived in Las Vegas since 1994 – to discuss upsets of No. 1, postgame celebrations and his golf game:

JR: You realize your 1956 bunch was the last Illinois team to beat a No. 1 team?

Upon further review

Sports editor Jim Rossow's take on Saturday's contest:

Ten questions for Wayne Larrivee

The 52-year-old with a booming voice announces like Ron Zook recruits: a lot. The No. 2 play-by-play man for the Big Ten Network also calls Bulls games on TV for WGN and is the radio voice of the Green Bay Packers. He lists the Bears' win in Super Bowl XX – he called it on radio – and a handful of Michael Jordan games as the highlights of his 30-year broadcasting career. Sports editor Jim Rossow caught up with Larrivee to discuss Brett Favre, the dismal Bears and Zook:

JR: The Bulls one night, the Illini the next and then a Packers game. How do you keep it straight?

Big Ten football

Want to know which of Saturday's games are worth your time? Here's the scoop from sports editor Jim Rossow, who at 45-25 after a 5-1 week is thinking about turning pro a year early:

Upon further review

Sports editor Jim Rossow's take on Saturday's contest:

Ten questions for ... Rob Whalen

For the past 15 years, the Heisman Trophy director has been handing out college football's most prestigious honor to easy picks (Ron Dayne in 1999), controversial picks (Jason White in 2003) and trend-breaking picks (Charles Woodson in 1997). The former high school player has no inkling who will be invited to this year's ceremony with a race that is clearly up for grabs. Sports editor Jim Rossow tracked down Whalen to discuss this year's candidates, possible changes to the voting system and O.J. Simpson.

Big Ten football

Want to know which of Saturday's games are worth your time? Here's the scoop from sports editor Jim Rossow, who at 40-24 after a so-so 4-3 week is promising changes in the offseason: