2018 Depth Chart

I’ve done this in several bye weeks in years past – since we have a break from football, let’s talk about next season.  Given the timing of this one – a loss to move to 1-2 and a large portion of the fanbase giving up on the season – that’s how this is going to read.  But that’s not my intent here – I’m just following my tradition.  This year takes a break, so let’s peek at next year.  [Read more…]


I’m taking my sweet time with Check The Tape this week. Bye week, plus I have to hide my eyes every 15 minutes.  As I’m reviewing the non-conference and looking forward to Big Ten games, a conundrum emerges: how do you jump-start a rebuild with so many seniors? [Read more…]

Back & Forth – Western Michigan

I wish this wasn’t so familiar. I wish these emails weren’t easier than the emails after the first game. But being Illini football fans, Steve and I know how to discuss this team when the mood is “well, it looks like there’s a long road ahead.” [Read more…]

Not Like This

I expected a loss today. Wrote about it last night. A Year Four MAC team that has recruited well vs. a Year One Big Ten team changing both schemes, on paper that’s a push. Add in the way we played last week and I saw a loss. Just felt like they would out-execute us. I thought we’d lose… but not like this. [Read more…]

Postgame Interviews – WMU

Only two interviews here – I always feel like I’m bothering the players when talking to them after a loss – but I wanted to talk to Pat Nelson about his first real game action and Joe Spencer about the feeling in his gut as a senior after a game like this. [Read more…]

Craig Has The Scout – Western Michigan 2016

Ghosts of the Football Game Past

I normally spend Sundays re-watching the previous day’s game once to confirm my thoughts, break down a play or two, and move on with this section.  I have now re-watched the UNC game four times, and I am going to admit my initial Twitter reactions might have been overly harsh.  The offensive gameplan was better than I remembered (thanks Silver Bullets), but the execution was poor. [Read more…]

Check The Tape – North Carolina

My takeaway after the game was that Trubisky >>>> Lunt cost us the game. Trubisky 5 incompletions; Lunt 18. Switch the quarterbacks and maybe we win 48-23.

My takeaway after watching the tape: Lunt was fine for three quarters (except for the fumbles)… followed by a nightmare fourth quarter. CTT this week: the 18 Wes Lunt incompletions. [Read more…]

Back & Forth – North Carolina

This is the first Back & Forth where Steve and I both attended the game since the Zaxby’s Bowl I believe. At that game we were both in the pressbox; for this game we were both in the stands. Here’s our emails since the game. [Read more…]

Soft Opening

This is what it will be. This is what the crowd will eventually look like every game. That was the atmosphere we can come to expect. We just held a soft opening for our new Lovie restaurant, and while the crowd that showed up gives us hope that the restaurant will eventually be successful, the kitchen and the wait staff have a long way to go. [Read more…]

From The Stands – North Carolina

Just got back to the hotel. Left here at 7:15 am. 15 consecutive hours of tailgating/footballing/Illini-ing. So I apologize for not having the typical stream of posts right after the game. But for this one, I just had to be in the stands. So here’s a legitimate, bona fide from the stands. [Read more…]