After starting the season 6-0, the Illini have lost their last three games and find themselves in 3rd place in the Big Ten’s Leaders Division. The reason for this losing streak is poor play on offense. Illinois has only scored 28 total points during this losing streak, during the six victories Illinois averaged 30 points per game. The Illini offense also averaged 400 yards per game during the first six games. During the last three games Illinois has only averaged 250 yards per game.
And all of the sacks that the offensive line has given up throughout the season has finally caught up with them. The defense has done a solid job. They’ve only given up an average of 18 points and 280 yards per game. But the recent struggles on offense have hurt this Illini team. And with the dynamic Michigan Wolverines coming up this week, followed by Wisconsin next week, the defense will be tested by the top two offenses in the Big Ten.
With that being said, Illinois Head Coach Ron Zook needs to re-focus his offense if the Illini are to finish the season on a high note. The Illini are already bowl eligible but they will not get a BCS bowl bid this year. However, Illinois can still get into a decent bowl game depending on how they finish the season. Ron Zook is not on the hot seat yet, but if this losing streak continues he could end up there.
The Illini has their backs against the wall and now is the time to deliver. If they don’t, the Fighting Illini won’t have much fight left in them for 2011.
By Q101.com Blogga Gabe Salgado
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