The least you should know about the 2011 Fighting Illini. Part of Big Ten Week.
• The way we were. It seems oh so long ago since Illinois played in the Rose Bowl. The Illini haven't been nearly as good since that 2007 season -- last year was his first winning campaign since that year -- and coach Ron Zook has been under fire for his 15-22 record since that Rose Bowl appearance.
But times they are-a-changin' and a weak schedule could help the Illini get back on the winning track and keep Zook employed.
Illinois opens the season with five consecutive home games and six of the first seven are in Champaign. With Illinois ending its series with Missouri, a game that usually started the Illini season off on a bad foot, it opened the door to add a couple cupcake opponents in Arkansas State and South Dakota State to open the season. The homestand wraps up with Arizona State, Western Michigan and Northwestern. While Arizona State could be interesting, the Illini have a chance to start theRead More »from Debriefing: Seven years in, the Ron Zook Hot Seat keeps going and going…