It sure would have been nice to open up the deep passing game against Illinois, but as you mentioned, Champaign is a hard place to do this. We have a great inside run game, and an awesome short passing game, and defenses really have to pick their poison. Still, it never hurts to have proven success in both short and deep passing. Maybe against Indiana we will get some chances to go deep. I guess it depends on how IU chooses to defend us. I would guess they'd try to take away one aspect of our game and see if we can adjust, but that's been everyone else's strategy already.
We will hopefully get to face Sparty in the B1G Champ Game, which would be a nice way to test our "O" against a tough defense. This would really help the perception battle, and let us tune up before the bowl.
Great analysis, and as someone else commented a few weeks ago, I feel both smarter and dumber after reading this.