Maybe Illinois' D performance Saturday was a one game aberration. But aberration or not, Michigan inflicted heavy damage. Three overtimes are going to skew the scoring average, but still these are some big swings in average numbers nine games into the season …
Last week, Illinois was ranked 15th, giving up just 301.38 ypg.
Flash forward to post Triple Overtime thriller, they fall 28 spots down to 43rd, now giving up 343 ypg (+42 yards a game increase week over week).
Last week, Illinois was ranked 12th in scoring D nationally, giving up just 16.75 points pg. Commence freefall to 47th this week after leaving AA. Denard, Tate, Roy, Junior and Co. bounced their per game average to 22.33 (nearly a 6 point pg increase).
With Michigan's D being what it is, this is the pot calling the kettle black, clearly. So be it. It's nice to have company. Hey Illinois, Nelson Muntz says, "Ha-ha."