I cannot agree with your assessment. UM's on-the-field problems stem from poor coaching, not lack of talent.
Even RR said that these guys can play. They don't recruit chumps at UM.
"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."