Illini land #3 seed in inaugural 2022 IlliniGuys Bracketology

IlliniGuys Staff

January 16, 2022

Hard to believe it's ALREADY that time of year!

We at IlliniGuys really dislike polls and bracket projections before the new year because it is...all...pure...speculation!  Did you really beat the #5 in the nation?  What makes YOU the 7th best team in the land?  What have you done to earn that 3-seed over the next team?

Once you get to mid-January, there are still lots of question marks but you begin to see the top teams get tested by some better squads as we witnessed in the past few days.  #1 Baylor enters Big 12 play and loses back to back home games.  10th ranked Michigan State gets stunned at home by Northwestern.  And so it goes.

So, we submit our first of many Bracketology projections for 2022.  We take teams and their resumes as they stand today; we don't attempt to project future results.

We think Auburn, Gonzaga, Arizona, and Baylor are the clear-cut top seeds as of tonight.  We think Illinois deserves no worse than a 3-seed with their undefeated, first place standing in the Big Ten and their #10 rank in the NET suggests that they should be considered among the top dozen teams in the nation.

We won't visit this on a weekly basis just yet, but they will be more frequent the closer we get to March.

Illini Guys Bracketology 1.16.22

 

Podcasts

I on the Illini - Illini RBs & WRs - USC Donor-Run Collective & B1G TV Negotiations (S2,Ep55)

Read

Illini coach Bielema talks after the team's first scrimmage

Read

Illini players talk about the preseason's first scrimmage

Read

IlliniGuys Sports Spectacular - August 5 Weekend

Read

Illini defensive line coach Terrance Jamison talks about Friday's practice

Read

Illini's Josh McCray, Julian Pearl, and Bryce Barnes talk about preseason practice

Read

Illini running backs coach Cory Patterson talks about preseason practice

Read

I on the Illini - Offensive & Defensive Lines in the Spotlight (S2,Ep54)

Read

Illini assistant coach Bart Miller talks about Thursday's practice

Read

Illini coach Brad Underwood recaps the summer workout period

Read

I on the Illini - Focus on Illini QBs (S2,Ep53)

Read

Illini coach Bret Bielema gives an update on preseason practice

Read

Illini QB Tommy DeVito talks about getting back onto the practice field

Read

Illini QB Art Sitkowski talks about being healthy and back on the practice field

Read

Best of the IlliniGuys Sports Spectacular - July 29 Weekend

Read