A look around the Big Ten
Coach Ron Turner's early reviews of Jon Beutjer's performance didn't hold up. After the Illini's 30-19 loss to Michigan, Turner said of his sixth-year QB: "He was very confident, very aggressive. I thought in the first half especially, he played very well." It turns out that Beutjer will be benched after throwing three interceptions and completing 20 passes in 39 attempts. Saying Illinois needs better play from its QB, Turner said he would decide later in the week whether to start Chris Pazan, Tim Brasic or Brad Bower at Minnesota.