Don’t sleep on the Illini

With all the BCS questions arising this week, the complaint I have heard the most has to be “Why is Illinois in the Rose Bowl?”

While three losses seems like a lot for a BCS team, with the madness (7 #2s going down and #1 and #2 going down on consecutive weeks) of the season it almost seems “normal.”

The biggest problem I have is that Illinois are not given a chance in hell to win. Yes I understand that USC is a powerful team and with the #2 defense in college football they are not to be messed with.

But Illinois is not pushover. With Ron Zook at the helm these boys will come to play. We saw what they could do against Ohio State .

And with Juice Williams and Rashard Mendenhall in the backfield, the Illini look a lot like Dennis Dixon and the Ducks, who ran past USC, 24-17 earlier this season.

This game will be a dog fight for sure. But only an Illini win will validate the Rose Bowl sticking with history and the Big 10/Pac 10 matchup.

It’s a good thing then that the Fighting Illini will walk out of California smelling like roses.

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