After Illinois' oddly easy win over Northwestern — to win the Sweet Sioux Tomahawk, whatever that is — on Saturday, the most amazing Illini season we can remember draws to a close. Which means, of course ... it's time for the Ron Zook Water Skiing Photo! The man pisses intensity.
At this point, nearly every major bowl projection has Illinois in either the Capital One Bowl or the Outback Bowl — both New Years Day games — playing ... Florida! (There is one rather shocking exception.) That's right, the Zook Bowl is imminent. The game has no downside for Illini fans (taking on the defending champs — and presumed Heisman Trophy winner? — on January 1? Whoa!), but for Florida fans, a loss to Zook on New Years Day has to be the nightmare scenario. If we're a Gators fan, we use every bit of praying power we have to sneak us into a BCS game. That's a comparison none of them would like made.
That said, Florida would kill the Illini. We're not there yet. But hey: The Zook Water Skiing Photo!