When Exactly Will Illinois Football Win Again?

Tuesday’s column from CBS Chicago

(CBS) Just when you think things can’t get any worse for Fighting Illini football, the schedule shows this: “Nov. 3., at Ohio State, Columbus, Ohio, 2:30 p.m. CT.” And then you think to yourself, “Well, crap.”

Or, you know, something along those lines.

This past Saturday, after even lowly Indiana feasted on Illinois during a 31-17 victory in Champaign, Illini football coach Tim Beckman revealed to the media a new weight loss plan: coaching a 2-6 football team.

“I’ve lost 22 pounds,” Beckman said, although he was hardly bragging about it. “You think I like losing? I haven’t been around it. I hate it. We just continue to go and plug forward.”

Or backwards, depending on how you look at it.

With the loss to IU on homecoming, Illinois suffered its fifth consecutive ugly defeat (average score 39-12) and its 10th consecutive Big Ten setback. In the game, the Illini also squandered what was likely their best chance to notch a conference victory this season.

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