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BCS rankings: Illinois drops out of top 25, Wisconsin 15th
Online Staff Report
After losing their second consecutive game of the season Saturday, Oct. 22, the University of Illinois Fighting Illini (6-2, 2-2 Big Ten) have dropped out of the top 25 in the BCS standings.
The Illini began the season 6-0, but lost 17-7 at home to Ohio State Oct. 15 and 21-14 at Purdue Oct. 22. The Illini were ranked 16th prior to the loss to Ohio State and 23rd prior to the loss to Purdue.
Next up for the Illini will be a tough road game against No. 19 Penn State (7-1, 4-0 Big Ten), which is on a six-game winning streak and is undefeated in the Big Ten.
Illini quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase said in an Oct. 23 Chicago Sun-Times article that after two straight losses, the Illini have hit “ground zero.”
The Sun-Times article also quoted Illini linebacker Jonathan Brown, who said: “I wouldn’t say we’ve tightened up. But a lot of guys experienced something they’ve never experienced before. We were 6-0. We had a chance to make a run at the BCS national championship. Now, people are starting to realize what’s at stake.”
Meantime, Illini Head Coach Ron Zook said in an Associated Press report: “No one on this team is a quitter. No players, no coaches, no one on this team will quit.”
The Illini have scored the fourth-most points (100) in the Big Ten this year, trailing only Wisconsin (138), Michigan (114) and Northwestern (114). However, they’ve also given up the fourth-most points (93) in the Big Ten, trailing only Indiana (161), Northwestern (155) and Minnesota (144).
While the Illini have dropped out of the BCS Top 25, three other Big Ten teams remain: No. 15 Wisconsin (6-1, 2-1 Big Ten), No. 18 Michigan (6-1, 2-1 Big Ten) and No. 19 Penn State (7-1, 4-0 Big Ten).
Following is the complete list of the BCS Top 25 after week nine:
1. LSU (8-0)
2. Alabama (8-0)
3. Oklahoma State (7-0)
4. Boise State (7-0)
5. Clemson (8-0)
6. Stanford (7-0)
7. Oregon (6-1)
8. Kansas State (7-0)
9. Oklahoma (6-1)
10. Arkansas (6-1)
11. Michigan State (6-1)
12. Virginia Tech (7-1)
13. South Carolina (6-1)
14. Nebraska (6-1)
15. Wisconsin (6-1)
16. Texas A & M (5-2)
17. Houston (7-0)
18. Michigan (6-1)
19. Penn State (7-1)
20. Texas Tech (5-2)
21. Arizona State (5-2)
22. Georgia (5-2)
23. Auburn (5-3)
24. Texas (4-2)
25. West Virginia (5-2)