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Wisconsin could sneak through BCS back door

Here's a quick midseason look at the Big Ten teams:

Illinois Fighting Illini

Ron Zook had one mountain to climb simply getting Illinois a Big Ten victory. Once that happened two weeks ago at Michigan State, Zook's task turned to keeping his team's mind-set focused on the present. That's still a work in progress, given a come-from-ahead home loss to woeful Indiana. Given that defeat, there's no chance Illinois makes a bowl game this season.