Thanks to big games by running back LaGarrette Blount and linebacker Jamie Collins, the New England Patriots are in the AFC Championship Game once again.
Illinois’ cornerback Tavon Wilson earned the Big Ten defensive player of the week for his performance in Saturday’s win over Indiana.
Illinois sacked Arizona State’s Brock Osweiler six times and turned one into a touchdown in a 17-14 win over the No. 22 Sun Devils on Saturday night.
Illinois’ defense wasn’t a problem at the start of the year, but seemed to fall apart at the season’s end. This needs to be fixed before facing Baylor on Wednesday.