College Football Big Game Reaction: Oregon, Pitt, Notre Dame & More

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College Football Big Game Reaction: Oregon, Pitt, Notre Dame & More

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College Football Big Game Reaction: Oregon, Pitt, Notre Dame & More

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Illinois 20, Penn State 18 Reaction

The novelty and total ineptitude of the nine overtimes it took to finally end this uggo of a game glossed over the more important narratives.

First, Bret Bielema’s bus tossing of his team’s talent during the week might have worked. He correctly said the quiet part out loud that Illinois doesn’t have any talent, but it’s got experience, lines, and a bunch of grown men who found a way to get the job done against a Penn State team that can’t find an offense.

Second, Penn State lost at home to Illinois. It’s okay to have a bad day – but good teams win anyway.

Maybe it’s because everyone in the stands wasn’t wearing white t-shirts.

The Nittany Lions were coming off a two-week break and they weren’t sharp offensively, but they had time after time after time after time after time after time after time after time after time to put this away, and they couldn’t get the job done.

The defense got obliterated by the Illinois offensive front, allowing 357 yards, and the offense never had the ball – the Illini had control for well over 35 minutes.

Illinois turned the ball over three times and didn’t generate a takeaway – and the Nittany Lions still couldn’t get the job done at home.

Illinois threw for 1.8 yards per pass and a grand total of 38 yards – and the Nittany Lions still couldn’t get the job done at home.

The Penn State offense managed a pathetic 2.1 yards per carry, couldn’t move the chains, and put itself in a position to let Illinois take this game.

Now there’s a problem.

At Ohio State, that’s next. At Maryland shouldn’t be a problem, but Michigan is an issue, Rutgers will be a concern if the Penn State offense keeps playing like this, and forget about whatever happens at Michigan State to close things out.

Can Illinois win three of its last four games against Rutgers, at Minnesota, at Iowa, and Northwestern to get bowl eligible? Probably not, but it rose up and took down the No. 7 team in the country.

A No. 7 team that had a whole lot more talent on its side of the field.

Week 8 Big Game Reactions 
Oklahoma 35, Kansas 23
Oregon 34, UCLA 31
Pitt 27, Clemson 17
Alabama 52, Tennessee 24
Notre Dame 31, USC 16

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