In Ron Zook's third year, he expected Illinois to be bowl eligible. After finishing with just four wins in his first two years, a Rose Bowl invite is the surest sign of the Illini's improvement, writes Mark Schlabach.
After a tumultuous weekend of college football, plenty of also-rans are now BCS contenders. Defensive difference makers were on the mark. West Virginia's and Texas' offenses were not, writes Mark Schlabach.