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Craig Has The Scout – Minnesota 2016

I will apologize, I have not watched any of Minnesota's game against Rutgers sans what I watched live.  I am writing this post in the airport, so the depth of coverage is lacking a bit.  Unfortunately, my day job is getting in the way of this, so my apologies up front. Ghosts of the Football Game Past Illinois was pretty much always going to lose against Michigan.  The … [Read More...]


Check The Tape – Michigan

It's always odd doing a Check The Tape on a game I wasn't fully able to watch live (I watched maybe 40% of the game on my phone on Saturday). This watch made me … [Read More...]


Media Day State of Mind

Media days are generally harmless, and can usually be as fun or mundane as you want them to be if you’re asking the questions or giving the answers. Unless, of … [Read More...]

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Back & Forth – Michigan

It's odd to think of Michigan as this unstoppable force again. From 2008 to 2014, they were 46-42 overall and 24-32 in the Big Ten (!!). And now, they're pretty much 100% Michigan again. And, unfortunately, so far, we're 100% Illinois right now. Let's not be … [Read More...]

Bits And Pieces

For the third year in a row, I had a memorial service to attend the day of an Illini game. Last year, when I got out of the memorial service I saw that we led Purdue by 30. This time... we weren't within 30 at halftime. So did I learn anything from the bits … [Read More...]

SOC – Michigan

This one should be fun. This post, not the game. Had this minor procedure done at the hospital this week (thanks again for all the well-wishes), and I'm still in some pain. So I'm still using these painkillers to keep me comfortable. I've never written a … [Read More...]

Those Were The Days – Michigan

If we're playing at Michigan, you know Detlef is going to take us back to one of two games: Johnson to Klein in 1993 or Rocky Harvey flies through the air in 1999. (And maybe Juice + Cumberland in 2008, I guess). This one is.. drumroll.. Rocky Harvey flying … [Read More...]

Craig Has The Scout – Michigan 2016

Ghosts of the Football Game Past The Rutgers game was exactly what you would expect going forward when it comes to Lovie Smith, Illinois Football Coach.  The defense was the primary area of concern against a struggling team, and they forced 5 turnovers and … [Read More...]

Checking In On Our Guys

Sorry the site has been empty this week. Long story short, I've been in the hospital the past few days (minor procedure, everything turned out fine). I'm supposed to go home tomorrow. So while I won't be able to Check The Tape, I can use this weak hospital … [Read More...]

Back & Forth – Rutgers

When you plan an opponent like Rutgers, how much can you evaluate? On one hand, Iowa only won 14-7 at Rutgers, so maybe they're not as awful as their three losses to top-5 teams indicate. On the other hand, we were outgained by this awful team. Yep, there's … [Read More...]

Turnovers Are Football

When I fill out the subject line of each post, the little thingy here creates a permalink for the post. And if I've already used that post title, it will put a number at the end. I think the Purdue SOC was "SOC-Purdue-6". This one? Turnovers-Are-Football-3. … [Read More...]

SOC – Rutgers

This is one of the harder games to predict in the last few years. I still don't have a handle on how bad we are, and we know Rutgers is bad, so the question is how far the badnesses out-weigh each other. Put simply, are we bad, or are we Rutgers bad? … [Read More...]

Those Were The Days – Rutgers

When you forget to post Detlef's weekly Those Were The Days post but you remember a little after nine so you toss it up there at 9:10 on a Friday night when four people might see it and that sucks because it takes us back to Zook's first game and the big … [Read More...]

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