Five games remain in the Illinois Fighting Illini's 2013 campaign, and they have a huge challenge ahead of them.
Following a 42-3 shellacking by Michigan State in their homecoming, the Illini suffered perhaps an even bigger loss—losing senior wide receiver Ryan Lankford "probably for the season," according to head coach Tim Beckman, per Herb Gould of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Following the blowout, the Illini head to Penn State. The Nittany Lions also had a rough Week 9, losing 63-14 to the No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes.
The Illini stand at 3-4, which is already an improvement from last year's 2-10 season. Here we look at the best and worst scenarios for the Illini's remaining five games.