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Illinois receives one vote in AP Top 25

The Illini aren’t ranked yet.

NCAA Football: Toledo at Illinois Ron Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

One win wasn’t enough for the Illini to jump into the rankings (and I don’t think anyone expected it would).

After a 30-28 win over Toledo on Saturday, Illinois earned one vote in the AP Top 25. That’s more than this week’s opponent — Kansas — who earned ZERO votes.

Four Big Ten teams are in the poll — the three big ones from the East division, plus Wisconsin — but there is a path for Illinois to get there as soon as the middle of the month. If Illinois can pull off the upset at Kansas and then beat Penn State at home, I don’t think anyone is questioning whether this is a ranked team.

Anywho, thanks to the one reporter who thought Illinois looked like a top-25 team. I’d say, sure, but not yet.