Steve Greenberg is a sports columnist at the Chicago Sun-Times.
Everything about this game was strange, starting with a matchup of bottom-of-the-barrel teams taking place in a national CBS telecast on a Sunday.
Also, we asked how Illinois will fare coming off an 8-5 season.
The Illini have the roster and the momentum to swing for the fences in the lesser, and very winnable, division.
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“I know I’m not great,” Ross told the Sun-Times. “But I want to be great.”
Six days before the Wildcats’ opener at Rutgers, Braun explained — poorly — that he was taking the completely unusual step of barring players from interviews during a game week.
Ken Williams and Rick Hahn are out, but that doesn’t mean fans’ nightmares are over.
Are the Irish, who play Navy on Saturday in Dublin, for real? And what to make of Freeman, anyway?
Josh, the Illini’s starting center, and James, a redshirt freshman linebacker, are the sons of six-time Pro Bowler Olin Kreutz.