They call it Stormy Monday, but the weather outside is sunny, if a bit chilly.
On that trip, Weber said, he found out that his gritty team, for all it lacks, might be able to press, something he aims to try this season to make up for some of his team’s shortcomings.
And, even with a roster that includes six freshmen, Weber said he might be able to go nine, 10 or, who knows, 11 deep.
We’ve heard that one before. What I haven’t heard before is Weber using the phrase “low as a snake belly”, terminology he used to describe Meyers Leonard’s confidence at the end of last season. Is he turning into Les Miles?
offensive coordinator Paul Petrino said. “I told Coach Zook I thought we could get it easy, and we just didn’t hitch up when we should have. It should have been an easy first down, we just didn’t execute it.”
One thing you have to like about Petrino is that he owns his output.
“I don’t think there are a lot of major, major concerns but there are some concerns we can fix,” he said. “Like I told them we have to put it behind us and learn “from it and keep on going.”…
The loss dropped Illinois from No. 16 to No. 23 in the latest Associated Press poll. The Illini fell to No. 21 in the coaches’ poll.”
The last time the Illini were ranked after a loss? 2008, after the season opening loss to Missouri. The Illini had been to the Rose Bowl the previous year. The last time the Illini were ranked after a loss to an unranked team? 1990, after the season opening loss at Arizona. The Illini fell from 11th to 21st. The next week, they beat the eventual national champion Colorado Buffaloes, 23-22. Illinois ended the year 8-4.
Despite all the gloom over our upset applecart, it still feels like a pretty good year. Thus far, anyway.