Conference race too close to call

Originally Published: October 15, 2003
By Herb Gould | Special to ESPN.com
A midseason team-by-team look at the Big Ten.

Illinois
Illinois is dead in the water. A 1-6 start, the worst since the Illini went 0-11 in 1997, Ron Turner's inaugural season, leaves little to play for, and little indication Illinois has enough to salvage much. Unlike last year, when the Illini bounced back from a 1-5 start to win four of six after Jon Beutjer settled in at quarterback, this team is injured and lacking playmakers.