Question: Better teams than USC have underestimated the Illini. Ohio State? Wisconsin?  Northwestern? We beat 'em all. How about I bet you a case of Diet Raspberry Snapple if you win, versus a piece of scoop of my choice if I win, that Illinois beats USC at the Rose Bowl? Deal?

Answer: Deal! (PS. Why don't you save us all a lot of time and energy and just send me the case now. Our offices just moved so make sure you send it to the 42nd Street address.)