Weighing the pros and cons of the title contenders

Updated: November 14, 2007, 1:38 AM ET
By Mark Schlabach | ESPN.com

It must have been the seven-day layoff. How else to explain No. 1 Ohio State's losing 28-21 to unranked Illinois and No. 12 Michigan's losing at unranked Wisconsin 37-21 on Saturday?

At least we won't have to hear about a 50-day layoff before the Jan. 7 BCS National Championship Game in the Louisiana Superdome.

Ohio State's chances to be in New Orleans were all but eliminated with its loss.

The Buckeyes were exposed by the Illini as yet another ...

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