SOC – Minnesota

This one is tough to predict without knowing our quarterback situation.  Which kind of illustrates how important the position is in college football.  Go from first to third string and I think we might go from “good chance we win this” to “no chance at all”.  Let’s try to sort this out.  [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…]

SOC – Purdue

When was the last time the home game won in this series? We won at Purdue in 2015 and 2013. Purdue won in Champaign two years ago and we went winless in the Big Ten in 2012 so they won then too. So 2011, when we were 6-1 and still ranked but couldn’t move the ball at all at Purdue, was the last home victory in this series? Weird. [Read more…]

SOC – Nebraska

It’s been such a long week. And I had family in town tonight so I’m just now sitting down at the computer at 12:01. Not only have I not been able to write all week, I’m now going to crank out an SOC with heavy eyes (and a nice warm feeling from that third glass of wine). This should be fun. [Read more…]

SOC – Western Michigan

Just imagine if this game was still scheduled for Kalamazoo. When Ron Guenther scheduled this game, (well, associate AD Chris Hanna scheduled it because WMU is his alma mater), they scheduled it for a road game AT Western Michigan. Us playing a team that might go 12-0 on the road? Would have been a nightmare. Instead, it’s just… a really scary dream. [Read more…]

SOC – North Carolina

I just went back and read through several old SOC posts. This is the eighth (EIGHTH!) season writing them, and I’m a comp guy, so I sometimes want to go back and see how I felt leading up to a similar game. Tomorrow is close to a sellout, and our last sellout was Michigan 2011, so I’m starting with 2011 Michigan. [Read more…]

SOC – Murray State

This is gonna be a long one. As you know, I’m very “I meant what I said and I said what I meant, an elephant’s faithful 100%”, so if I promised to finish The 90 Illini before the season, I’m going to finish. Tonight. So this post will complete the 90 Illini AND predict the season AND predict tomorrow’s game. [Read more…]


I’m just sitting here thinking about the new uniforms. When they were revealed back in April, there was lots of excitement. We got rid of our Voit sneakers and put on some Jordans. But since April there’s been this constant WHO CARES WHEN THE TEAM GOES 3-9 EVERY YEAR shout-down of all things uniform excitement. Now, tomorrow, those unis will be in a bowl game. [Read more…]

SOC – Penn State

It’s always odd to see the permalink name assigned to each post. If I’ve used a title before, it will automatically add a number. This here is soc-penn-state-5. Which means I’ve not SOC’d Penn State five times. It actually might be six, since the first year I titled every post “Stream Of Consciousness”. I should get started. [Read more…]

SOC – Minnesota

Stream Of Consciousness posts this year have a theme: me going around on Friday nights avoiding what I really feel about the game and then writing that. In August, I felt like the team wasn’t mentally read for the first game. Three weeks ago, pretty sure we were losing to hapless Purdue. Tonight, still feel like Minnesota is beatable.

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