30, 2013] CHAMPAIGN -- On Saturday the Illinois
Fighting Illini almost followed the Greg Taylor script to
perfection. That's right. LDN's own Greg Taylor has a script that he
would like for our beloved to follow at all times. And while he
would certainly love to see it against teams like Nebraska,
Wisconsin and Ohio State, he expects it to be followed when Illinois
plays teams like the Miami University RedHawks.
On this particular Saturday they almost did it just the way Greg
likes it on their way to a 50-14 victory over Miami. They can even
be forgiven for getting off to a slow start and only leading 7-0
after the first quarter. By the time they had played through most of
the second quarter, they had already put the game out of reach. Greg
calls it opening up a can, but whatever you call it makes the Illini
3-1 as they make ready to start the Big Ten conference season.
Illini QB Nathan Scheelhaase led the way by going for 264 yards and
five touchdowns ... in just the first half.
And you laughed at me when I said new offensive coordinator Bill
Cubit will help this team put points on the board. Well, get this
... Illinois has now scored 161 points this year, which just happens
to be the most in Illini history through four games. That topped the
158 scored as recently as 1914! Oh and by the way, Illinois won the
Big Ten title and the national championship that year. How 'bout a
repeat of that season? I know ... now, I'm just being silly.
I'm not asking for several seasons like that, I'm just asking for
one. And though I know this will disappoint even the most ardent
Illini fan, I don't see that kind of a season in the cards for this
year's Illini team. As I break our team down, I just don't think
we're big enough nor strong enough. I don't think we can control
either line of scrimmage. And I don't think we have enough team
speed, and those are just a few of our problems.
But can I just say how good it feels to be 3-1? How good it feels
to have more wins than losses? How good it feels at halftime and
after games to run out of time talking to friends reliving our
first-half highlights? Thank you, Bill Cubit!
Anyway, next week the Men in Orange travel to Lincoln, Neb., for
an 11 a.m. game with the Cornhuskers. Maybe the Huskers will
oversleep? Maybe they will be out husking some corn or shucking some
wheat? Maybe they will totally overlook the Illini and be shocked by
the time it is too late? Maybe I'll let all Illini fans into my
coma-induced fantasy or dream world?