I’m getting more and more interested in the Lovie Smith Experiment at Illinois.

The man as well as the football. Although the football clearly will play a huge role in what happens with the man.

It’s like a good mystery. Even better, really. A good mystery is pretty much a Who Dunnit? Lovie Smith at Illinois is more like Are They Gonna Do It?

Let’s get this out of the way first: I put the over/under at 3-1/2 wins this year, a shade above last year’s 3-9.

Wins aren’t going to matter as much this fall as the way things play out. The Illini need to keep showing progress and persistence even though they’re likely to be over-matched, especially on defense.

Here’s the big question: Is Lovie Smith all in on reviving Illinois football? Will he remain that way, or will he lose interest?

If he really wants to do this, it could happen. If he finds it too tall an order, though, that would not surprise me. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.