Ron Zook, who was drummed out as Florida’s lead trainer subsequent to neglecting to copy Steve Spurrier’s record with the Gators, recaptured a proportion of regard by propelling his Fighting Illini to a 28-21 surprise of No. 1-positioned and unbeaten Ohio State Saturday (11-10-07).
The triumph denoted the initial time Illinois (8-3) had beaten a No. 1-positioned group beginning around 1956, and whenever it first had done it away from home. The misfortune finished Ohio State’s gathering and school dash of 20 sequential Big 10 successes by the Buckeyes, who are currently 10-1.
The loss not just hosed Ohio State’s fantasy of a public title, it left the Buckeyes attached with Michigan for the best position in the Big 10 as Wisconsin upset Michigan 37-21 that very day.
Not since Nov. 14, 1959 had Michigan and Ohio State both lost the week prior to their yearly year-end fight to choose the Big 10 title. This is the means by which it is in the Big 10, tedious and exhausting as lately it is consistently Ohio State or Michigan catching the title. Other Big 10 groups contend yet never appear to challenge for the title.
Illinois got 260 yards surging against Ohio State that came into the game surrendering just 65 yards on the ground per game. This was not a colossal astonishment as the Illini currently rank sixth in hurrying offense broadly, acquiring 261 yards for every game. As such, Illinois was on its game and Ohio State was not.
Zook had a sluggish beginning as the Illinois lead trainer, going 2-9 and 2-10 his initial two years prior to getting his eighth success Saturday against 3 misfortunes. Zook was 1-15 in his initial two years of Big 10 Conference play, going 0-8 his first year. You can risk everything Big 10 mentors know who Ron Zook is currently.
Was Ohio State looking past Illinois to Michigan? I suspect as much. The Buckeyes dropped to No. 7 in the AP Top 25 Poll.
No. 13-positioned Michigan (presently 8-3) was knocked off by Wisconsin (additionally 8-3), 37-21. The Badgers implied business at home by taking a 23-7 lead into the fourth quarter and coordinating with the Wolverines 2 scores to keep their point edge and safeguard their triumph. Michigan slid to No. 23 in the AP Poll.
No. 8-positioned Boston College (8-2) got stung for the second consecutive week, this time by Maryland (5-5), 42-35. All of the discussion about the Eagles vaunted safeguard is disappearing quicker than haze on a blistering summer day.
Different groups that were humiliated for this present week incorporated No. 16-positioned Connecticut (8-2), which lost to Cincinnati (clearly a superior 8-2 group), 27-3, and negative. 21-positioned Alabama (presently 6-4) which was overturned by Mississippi State, (additionally 6-4), 17-12.
Envision, Mississippi State, which has been the mat of the SEC for a really long time, ascends and whips Nick Saban’s Alabama Crimson Tide. Regardless of whether the Bulldogs lose to Arkansas and in-state rival Mississippi, Mississippi State is now bowl qualified.
Alabama should deal with Louisiana-Monroe one week from now and become bowl qualified with its seventh triumph.
The misfortune by Ohio State permitted some different competitors to flaunt a little against a lot more fragile rivalry. Here are a few models:
1) No. 2-positioned LSU (9-1) rankled No. 107-appraised Louisiana Tech (4-6), 58-10.
2) No. 4-positioned Oklahoma (9-1) tore No. 119-appraised Baylor (3-8), 52-21.
3) No. 19-positioned Boise State (9-1) moved past hapless No. 166-evaluated Utah State (0-10), 52-0. Regardless of its rating, Utah State is a Division 1A school. gtr
Just two 1A groups stay unbeaten-No. 5-positioned Kansas (10-0) and negative. 14-positioned Hawaii (9-0). The Jayhawks detected No. 49-appraised Oklahoma State (5-5) 4 scores yet at the same time won 43-28.
The Hawaii Warriors, positioned No. 14 however appraised No. 29 by Sagarin, were outscored 14-3 in the fourth quarter by No. 74-appraised Fresno State (6-4) however outlived the Bulldogs, 37-30, to remain undefeated. Hawaii climbed to thirteenth in Sunday’s new AP Poll.
In about fourteen days, Hawaii will have Boise State, presently positioned seventeenth in the Poll, and a genuine danger, even in an away game, to beat the Warriors. Boise State isn’t to be mistaken for the cupcakes Hawaii has been playing every season. After the Boise State game, we will discover who is terrible and who is pitiful.
The way that Kansas and Hawaii are the main two unbeaten groups left should not shock two reasons. One, Hawaii is first (50 focuses per game) and Kansas second (45 ppg) broadly in scoring offense, and two, Kansas’ solidarity of timetable is 97th and Hawaii’s is 157th among 119 Division 1A schools, not by and large amazing regardless.