With the struggles of a young team, particularly the D, I have now started to expect less of this team next year. At the beginning of this season I was thinking that next year would be a 9 or 10 win season. Now, with the lack of improvement defensively as this year goes on I think expecting 9 or 10 wins next year is a bit too much. I will be happy with a bowl game next year and look forward to RichRod's 4th year as the years where things really come together. I just hope that the people making decisions are willing to give him that much time.
"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."