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  • Football Game Recap: Peoria Heights/Quest Charter Academy vs. Illini West
    In their previous meeting, Illini West delivered Peoria Heights/Quest Charter Academy a punishing 58 - 29 defeat. This time around? Just more of the  ...
    Published on Sunday, September 24, 2017
    8 hours ago
  • Illinois vs. Nebraska – 9/29/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
    The Nebraska Cornhuskers and Illinois Fighting Illini meet Friday in college football action at Memorial Stadium on FS1. The Nebraska Cornhuskers  ...
    Published on Sunday, September 24, 2017
    11 hours ago
  • Aaron Rodgers, Packers Overcome 14-Point Deficit to Beat Bengals in OT…
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    Published on Sunday, September 24, 2017
    12 hours ago
  • Football score predictions: Nebraska vs. Illinois
    Two years ago at Illinois the Huskers lost its matchup with the Illini 14-13, and going in this week’s game, I think it has a good chance of happening again. Against Rutgers, Tanner Lee struggled for a third straight game, adding two interceptions for a ...
    Published on Sunday, September 24, 2017
    13 hours ago
  • Fighting Illini Football
    Pull out the Orange Blue because it's tailgating time! Go Illini! September 2- Ball State September 9- Western Kentucky September 29- Nebraska  ...
    Published on Sunday, September 24, 2017
    13 hours ago
  • ‘I’m more than happy with Lovie’
    Illinois football beat writer Bob Asmussen caught up with the Illini legend this week to talk about Lovie Smith, redshirting and this week's passing of  ...
    Published on Sunday, September 24, 2017
    14 hours ago
  • Top takeaways from college football Week 4
    ...dragged down by linebacker Tre Watson of the Illinois Fighting Illini on Sep 15 in Tampa, Florida. South Florida won 47-23.30/85 SLIDES © Mitchell Leff/Getty ImagesAirborne scuffleKeith ...
    Published on Sunday, September 24, 2017
    18 hours ago
  • ‘I’m more than happy with Lovie’
    The 1994 Butkus Award winner had 595 stops from 1991-94. No. 2, John Sullivan, had 501. Illinois football beat writer Bob Asmussen caught up with the Illini legend this week to talk about Lovie Smith, redshirting and this week’s passing of former ...
    Published on Sunday, September 24, 2017
    20 hours ago
  • Sept. 24 Asmussen Top 25
    Georgia, TCU climb Illinois football beat writer Bob Asmussen is a voting member of the The Associated Press Top 25 panel. Here is this week's ballot:SCHOOL PREVIOUS1. Alabama 12. Clemson 23. Oklahoma 34. Southern Cal 45. Michigan 56. Penn State 67. Washington 78. Wisconsin 89. Ohio State 9 read more ...
    Published on Sunday, September 24, 2017By rasmusse
    22 hours ago
  • Illini legends, lists and lore: Kirby Wilson
    Happy 56th birthday to two-time letter-winning Illini receiver Kirby Wilson. Happy 56th birthday to two-time letter-winning Illini receiver Kirby Wilson. Recruited to Champaign-Urbana by coach Mike White from Pasadena Community College, Wilson made a huge impact at Illinois in 1981. read more ...
    Published on Sunday, September 24, 2017By digital.media
    24 hours ago
  • ‘I’m more than happy with Lovie’
    Sunday Conversation with Illini legend Dana Howard First, let me ask you about Denny Marcin. What sticks out about him?He was a great guy, a great coach. One of those lovable guys. read more ...
    Published on Sunday, September 24, 2017By digital.media
    24 hours ago
  • ‘I’m more than happy with Lovie’
    Sunday Conversation with Illini legend Dana Howard Nobody tackled more people at Illinois than Dana Howard. Actually, nobody tackled more people in the Big Ten. The 1994 Butkus Award winner had 595 stops from 1991-94. No. 2, John Sullivan, had 501. read more ...
    Published on Sunday, September 24, 2017By digital.media
    24 hours ago
  • Derek Wolfe Explains Decision to Stand for Anthem After Donald Trump…
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    Published on Sunday, September 24, 2017
    1 day ago
  • Forreston Football Rolls Aquin
    we'll get to those games a bit later but we begin this show with the northwest upstate illini conference and two blockbuster games. (josh) first up we head to forreston for our game of the week ...
    Published on Sunday, September 24, 2017
    1 day ago
  • Saturday’s Area Scores-september 23
    ...Culver-Stockton: 23 Avila: 31 Wildcats: (0-5)**High School Football**Illini West: 50 Peoria Heights: 26 Nick Vorhies: 172yds rush, 3 TD Chargers: (3-2)North Shelby: 24 Rock Port: 72 Raiders ...
    Published on Sunday, September 24, 2017
    1 day ago
  • News ‘Illini goal Stack recruiting classes’ (WorldNews Sport)
    ...degrees. So with no need to be play-calling on the scalding turf, the Illini football coaches scattered across the country to put their faces in front of high school players. A bye gives coaches a ...
    Published on Saturday, September 23, 2017
    2 days ago
  • Illini goal: Stack recruiting classes
    So with no need to be play-calling on the scalding turf, the Illini football coaches scattered across the country to put their faces in front of high school  ...
    Published on Saturday, September 23, 2017
    2 days ago
  • Nebraska vs. Rutgers Game Recap: Three Things From The Huskers 27-17 Victory
    DPE = Don't Punt Ever. It’s time to get ready for Friday Night Football this week, as the Huskers will go on the road to Champaign on Friday to take on the Illinois Fighting Illini. It’s another team that, even thought the Huskers are struggling ...
    Published on Saturday, September 23, 2017
    2 days ago
  • YOUTH IS SERVING: In season’s first three weeks, Illinois started most true freshmen in nation
    CHAMPAIGN — Youth has been all over the field this season for the Universirty of Illinois football team. In fact, the Illini are putting one of the youngest teams in the nation on the field. Through the season’s first three weeks, lllinois has started ...
    Published on Saturday, September 23, 2017
    2 days ago
  • College Football Radio Download
    Texas Tech Red Raiders. West Virginia MountaineersBig Ten. Illinois Fighting Illini. Indiana Hoosiers. Iowa Hawkeyes. Maryland Terrapins. Michigan Wolverines. Michigan State Spartans. Minnesota ...
    Published on Saturday, September 23, 2017
    2 days ago
  • Saturday Morning Sports
    Dallas in St. Louis tonight, then they head to Pittsburgh tomorrow.No ILLINI football this weekCards:The Cardinals grabbed a narrow victory on Friday in Pittsburgh. They were down 3-2 until ...
    Published on Saturday, September 23, 2017
    2 days ago
  • Illini Football Week 1-3 Freshmen Highlights
    Illinois football has started more true freshmen than any team in the nation. These are the highlights from Weeks 1-3 of the 2017 season. ...
    Published on Saturday, September 23, 2017
    2 days ago
  • Should Illinois Use a Two-QB System?
    The Illini could benefit from playing Chayce Crouch and Jeff George Jr. It’s abundantly clear that Illinois has struggled to move the ball on offense after three weeks. The team is only averaging 17 points per game and averaging 324 yards on offense. That production, even with a decent defense, won’t cut it if the team wants to make a bowl game. Illinois has struggled in all areas of offense, especially on the offensive line, but the Illini have some big questions to answer with the most important posistion on offense: quarterback. Chayce Crouch came into the year as the clear starting QB, but he has struggled with accuracy and with getting the ball out against blitzes. He played poorly against USF and was pulled in the second half in favor of sophomore Jeff George Jr. George Jr. was much more effective than Crouch against USF. He threw for 211 yards and a touchdown, while making some big plays; Granted it was mostly in “garbage time” and against many of USF backups. He also threw two interceptions in his half of play, showing that his turnover issues from last season may still be present. George Jr. also doesn’t ...
    Published on Friday, September 22, 2017By Brandon Birkhead
    3 days ago
  • Illini Weekly podcasts episode 7
    Herald & Review Illini Weekly features conversations with Herald & Review Executive Sports Editor Mark Tupper talking all things Illini. In this episode, Mark and sports writer Joey Wagner talk University of Illinois football as the Illini head into a bye ...
    Published on Friday, September 22, 2017
    3 days ago
  • Nebraska Football is in a world of trouble
    The Cornhuskers host Big Ten bottom-feeder Rutgers on Saturday and they follow that up with a primetime road game on Friday night against the Illinois Fighting Illini. Nebraska will be favored in both of those games, but make no mistake — Rutgers and ...
    Published on Friday, September 22, 2017
    3 days ago
  • 2017-09-15 Illinois Fighting Illini vs South Florida Bulls
    Illini Football Highlights vs Western Kentucky 9/9/17 - Duration: 3:27. Fighting Illini Athletics 8,780 views · 3:27 · University of Illinois retires "War Chant  ...
    Published on Thursday, September 21, 2017
    3 days ago
  • Small-school football game of the week: West Prairie at…
    ...Peoria Heights and Havana. West Prairie is coming off a 22-8 win at Illini West. Both teams focus on the run, but have found success passing in spots. Elmwood QB Charlie McKinty has thrown for 353 ...
    Published on Thursday, September 21, 2017
    4 days ago
  • Temple football vs. South Florida: Time, TV schedule, game preview, score
    Quarterback Quinton Flowers #9 of the South Florida Bulls is congratulated by teammates after scoring a touchdown against Illinois Fighting Illini on September 15, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Joseph Garnett Jr. /Getty Images) Quinton Flowers could be ...
    Published on Thursday, September 21, 2017
    4 days ago
  • 50 Best College Football Stadiums
    Red Grange played here, so give the stadium points for history. The Fighting Illini mostly haven't had the teams to match the history of the place, but it's capable of being a better venue than given credit for, at least when the team offers something to ...
    Published on Thursday, September 21, 2017
    4 days ago
  • Saints, Sages match unbeaten records in Extravaganza feature
    At least a share of the top of the new Illini Prairie Conference is on the line as Central Catholic visits Monticello in a battle of 4-0 teams to highlight Week 5 of the WJBC Friday Night High School Football Extravaganza. Central Catholic coach Mike Moews ...
    Published on Thursday, September 21, 2017
    4 days ago
  • Canton High football – Season at the crossroads: Little Giants prepare for Redbirds
    It started two weeks ago with a hard-fought 24-13 loss to defending Mid-Illini champion Washington. It continued last week, as Canton went on the  ...
    Published on Thursday, September 21, 2017
    4 days ago
  • How to Watch Illini in the NFL: Week 3
    Here’s all the information you need to watch the Illinois alumni in the NFL this week. Week 3 kicks off around the National Football League and here are the Illini who will take the field this week on a roster: Jeff Allen OG Houston Texans Arrelious Benn WR Jacksonville Jaguars Vontae Davis CB Indianapolis Colts Clayton Fejedelem S Cincinnati Bengals Josh Ferguson RB Indianapolis Colts Michael Hoomanawanui TE New Orleans Saints Matt Lacosse TE New York Giants Corey Liuget DT Los Angeles Chargers Whitney Mercilus Whitney OLB Houston Texans Jay Prosch FB Houston Texans Jihad Ward DL Oakland Raiders Tavon Wilson S Detroit Lions Dawuane Smoot DE Jacksonville Jaguars Geronimo Allison WR Green Bay Packers ...
    Published on Thursday, September 21, 2017By joshgreenberg23
    4 days ago
  • Canton High football – Season at the crossroads: Little Giants prepare…
    ...hard-fought 24-13 loss to defending Mid-Illini champion Washington. It continued last week, as... The team sits at 0-4 overall, 0-2 in Mid-Illini play.Last week, Metamora lost at Washington ...
    Published on Thursday, September 21, 2017
    4 days ago
  • High school football scoreboard: Sept. 21-23, 2017
    Two area games feature 4-0 teams as Tuscola hosts Central A&M in Central Illinois Conference play, while a key Illini Prairie Conference showdown between unbeatens Monticello and Bloomington Central Catholic takes place on the Sages' home field. ...
    Published on Thursday, September 21, 2017
    4 days ago
  • Here’s all the information you need to watch the Illinois alumni in…
    ...kicks off around the National Football League and here are the Illini who will take the field this week on a roster:Josh Ferguson RB Indianapolis Colts Whitney Mercilus Whitney OLB Houston Texans ...
    Published on Thursday, September 21, 2017
    4 days ago
  • Throwback Thursday: Illinois Football Bye Week Deja Vu
    This feels familiar Illinois Fighting Illini football heads into a bye week that feels awfully familiar. This feels a lot like 2013; a second-year head coach with a very inexperienced team. Four years ago, Tim Beckman lost quite a few defensive starters from the 2012 squad he inherited from Ron Zook, and, sure enough, the defense struggled. This was very clear in the uncomfortable 42-34 win over Southern Illinois to open the season. Opening the year against a mediocre Ball State team and being unable to move the ball felt the same, except instead of the defense struggling it was the offense. Week 2 of each season saw Illinois host a big favorite and neutralize their highly-touted offense. Just as our 20-7 win over Western Kentucky played out in surprising fashion this year, the 2013 squad’s 45-17 win over Cincinnati was certainly not what I expected to see when I took the trip to Champaign. Maybe this young team was better than anticipated. In Week 3, each team left Champaign to play a ranked opponent. Illinois was overmatched against No. 22 South Florida this year, but four years ago they had a whiff of hope all day against No. ...
    Published on Thursday, September 21, 2017By Thumpasaurus
    4 days ago
  • Breaking down the first half of the Illini’s Big Ten Schedule
    When I made my predictions for the Illinois football season before week one, I had the Illini going 2-10, with their only wins against Ball State and  ...
    Published on Thursday, September 21, 2017
    4 days ago
  • College football Week 4 TV schedule: Oklahoma State steps up in class…
    Three South Florida players rushed for at least 100 yards against the Illini, and three Notre Dame players rushed for at least 100 yards against Temple in the teams’ season opener. All of this is to ...
    Published on Thursday, September 21, 2017
    4 days ago
  • U.Va. retains Korn Ferry, names committee for AD search
    Illinois athletic director: The school last year appointed Josh Whitman, the AD at Division III Washington University and a former Illini football player. Rice athletic director: In 2013 the Owls hired Joe Karlgaard, a senior associate AD at Stanford. ...
    Published on Thursday, September 21, 2017
    4 days ago
  • …start, hopes for Tigers-Illini…
    Perhaps because he had just arrived from a luncheon with the St. Louis chapter of the National Football Foundation, or maybe because the images from last Saturday are still burned into his brain ...
    Published on Thursday, September 21, 2017
    4 days ago
  • College football Week 4 TV schedule: Oklahoma St. steps up in class against TCU
    Three South Florida players rushed for at least 100 yards against the Illini, and three Notre Dame players rushed for at least 100 yards against Temple in the teams' season opener. All of this is to say that South Florida's offense likely will be too much ...
    Published on Thursday, September 21, 2017
    4 days ago
  • Breaking down the first half of the Illini’s Big Ten Schedule
    When I made my predictions for the Illinois football season before week one, I had the Illini going 2-10, with their only wins against Ball State and Rutgers. That was when I could only make predictions about where the Illini – and everybody else ...
    Published on Thursday, September 21, 2017
    4 days ago
  • Football Game Preview: Peoria Heights/Quest Charter Academy vs. Illini West
    Peoria Heights/Quest Charter Academy and Illini West take on one another this Saturday at 1:30 PM on Peoria Heights/Quest Charter Academy's  ...
    Published on Thursday, September 21, 2017
    4 days ago
  • Fighting Illini Football welcomes new quarterback addition.
    The Fighting Illini are happy to have a new addition to the football roster during the season. Head Coach Lovie Smith and Offensive Coordinator  ...
    Published on Thursday, September 21, 2017
    4 days ago
  • Whitman Talks Expansion | 2017 Illini Football Preview Show
    University of Illinois Director of Athletics Josh Whitman goes in-depth with Ryan Baker on the upcoming Memorial Stadium Renovation plans | 2017  ...
    Published on Thursday, September 21, 2017
    4 days ago
  • Illini’s next foe has its problems, too
    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. • With no game until Sept. 29, the Illini football coaching staff will spend this week trying to accelerate the growth of its many freshman starters while pretending it doesn’t have a quarterback controversy. ...
    Published on Thursday, September 21, 2017By By Mark Tupper Decatur Herald & Review
    4 days ago
  • Illinois Fighting Illini football: Who should start at quarterback against Nebraska?
    The Illinois football team has won two of its first three games. Most Illini fans are good with that. For a team that is going through a complete rebuild and  ...
    Published on Wednesday, September 20, 2017
    4 days ago
  • Big Ten Football 2017: Week 4 Preview in MS Paint Infographics
    Well, we’re down to the last week that includes non-conference play. Fighting Illini came out 2-1, which was better than I expected. I don’t know how I managed to get my expectations up when they didn’t look particularly good in either win. ...
    Published on Wednesday, September 20, 2017
    4 days ago
  • BenFred: Mizzou’s Sterk talks on Odom, season’s sour start, hopes for Tigers-Illini football
    Perhaps because he had just arrived from a luncheon with the St. Louis chapter of the National Football Foundation, or maybe because the images  ...
    Published on Wednesday, September 20, 2017
    5 days ago
  • Sept. 25 Bob Asmussen chat
    Monday, September 25, 2017 - 10:00amWhat did the Illinois players and coaches do with their weekend off? Can the team bounce back from the South Florida loss to win its Big Ten opener? Who will play quarterback for the Illini? For the answers to these questions, and anything else on your mind, check in with our Illinois football beat writer. ...
    Published on Wednesday, September 20, 2017By rasmusse
    5 days ago
  • Fighting Illini Football welcomes new quarterback addition
    The Fighting Illini are happy to have a new addition to the football roster during the season. Head Coach Lovie Smith and Offensive Coordinator Garrick McGee say transfer Pete DiNovo is a welcomed addition. ...
    Published on Wednesday, September 20, 2017
    5 days ago
  • Q&A: Former Illinois football player J Leman
    Editors Note: Three members of Illini Drive – a sports talk show on WPGU 107.1 FM – spoke with former Illinois linebacker and current Big Ten  ...
    Published on Wednesday, September 20, 2017
    5 days ago
  • Illinois Fighting Illini football: Who should start at quarterback against Nebraska?
    The Illinois football team has won two of its first three games. Most Illini fans are good with that. For a team that is going through a complete rebuild and that finished with only three wins all of last season, it’s certainly a promising start. ...
    Published on Wednesday, September 20, 2017
    5 days ago
  • WPGU’s Illini Drive 9-18-17
    Orri Benatar, Tommy Polcyn, Jake Hasan and Will Gerard break down Illinois Football's loss to South Florida. ...
    Published on Wednesday, September 20, 2017
    5 days ago
  • Sterk talks on Odom, season’s sour start, hopes for Tigers-Illini football
    Perhaps because he had just arrived from a luncheon with the St. Louis chapter of the National Football Foundation, or maybe because the images from last Saturday are still burned into his brain, Missouri athletic director Jim Sterk applied a sport ...
    Published on Wednesday, September 20, 2017
    5 days ago
  • BenFred: Mizzou’s Sterk talks on Odom, season’s sour start, hopes for Tigers-Illini football
    Perhaps because he had just arrived from a luncheon with the St. Louis chapter of the National Football Foundation, or maybe because the images from last Saturday are still burned into his brain, Mizzou athletics director Jim Sterk applied a sport-specific ...
    Published on Wednesday, September 20, 2017
    5 days ago
  • South Florida Bulls vs Temple Owls | College Football Betting Preview
    USF had a pretty damn impressive outing vs Illini and Pauly & Teddy discuss if they are worth backing against Temple. The Owls are still finding their identity, so we might be ...
    Published on Wednesday, September 20, 2017
    5 days ago
  • QUIZ: Which Bowl Games Has Illinois Played In?
    Can you list the names of the bowl games the Illini have played in? Since the college football bowl system started back in 1902 with the Rose Bowl, Illinois has played in 18 total bowl games. Your mission (if you choose to accept it) is to list the names of every bowl game the Illini have played in. For those of you that regularly attend football games in Memorial Stadium, the answers have been on display for you since 2011 when banners were placed around the stadium from each of the bowl games (they even include the year those games took place). You have three minutes to list all 18 bowl games. Keep an eye open for a few “bonus” answers we’ve hidden in the quiz! Post how many you were able to get in the comment section below, but PLEASE don’t spoil the answers for anyone that hasn’t taken the quiz yet. Here’s a link to today’s quiz: https://www.sporcle.com/games/TCRBrad/list-of-which-bowl-games-have-the-illini-played-in-fighting-illinois-history Yesterday’s quiz covered the players in Illinois Fighting Illini history that have run for 2,000 yards or more: https://www.sporcle.com/games/TCRBrad/illinois-football-career-2000-yard-rushers-records-rushing ...
    Published on Wednesday, September 20, 2017By Brad Repplinger
    5 days ago
  • ‘We don’t know yet’
    With bye week ahead, Illini wait to name starting quarterback for Big Ten opener  CHAMPAIGN — Illinois won't play again for nine more days when it takes the field for its Big Ten opener on Sept. 29 at home against Nebraska. The off week came at the right time, according to Illini coach Lovie Smith. There might not be a standard "best time" for a weekend off, but Illinois could use the extra days to heal up to be full strength to face the Cornhuskers (1-2). read more ...
    Published on Wednesday, September 20, 2017By digital.media
    5 days ago
  • Tate: I’ll take Jeff George
    Asked who he'd start at quarterback in a winner-take-all game, Loren Tate sided with the late 1980s star just ahead of Tony Eason.  There was a time when Illinois was known for its talent at quarterback.From the day Dave Wilson torched Ohio State in 1980 to Juice Williams' Rose Bowl season of 2007, the man under center often put up prolific numbers. In this week's podcast, "Tatelines: Unedited," 51-year columnist Loren Tate weighs in on his favorite Illini quarterbacks. [podcast id="387"] read more ...
    Published on Wednesday, September 20, 2017By digital.media
    5 days ago
  • Illini’s Next Foe Has Its Problems, Too
    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. • With no game until Sept. 29, the Illini football coaching staff will spend this week trying to accelerate the growth of its many freshman starters while pretending it ...
    Published on Wednesday, September 20, 2017
    5 days ago
  • Quarterback DiNovo joins Illini in odd transfer
    After a 24-point loss against South Florida, the Illinois football team boarded the plane to leave Tampa Bay without much to show for its time. But by the time the Illini hit the practice field this week, it was clear that head coach Lovie Smith had not ...
    Published on Wednesday, September 20, 2017
    5 days ago
  • Illini Football Bye Week – Full Interviews
    Illinois (2-1) has the week off but many questions will need to be answered before they play their Big Ten opener with Nebraska. Take a listen to what  ...
    Published on Wednesday, September 20, 2017
    5 days ago
  • Mum’s the word on Illini QB
    CHAMPAIGN (WCIA) -- Illinois football coach Lovie Smith declined to name a starting quarterback after Tuesday's practice, the first time he's spoke to  ...
    Published on Tuesday, September 19, 2017
    5 days ago
  • Illini Football Bye Week – Full Interviews
    ...play their Big Ten opener with Nebraska. Take a listen to what the Illini had to say following Tuesday's ...
    Published on Tuesday, September 19, 2017
    6 days ago
  • Riding Shotgun with Tupper: Illini’s quarterback situation
    In the latest edition of Riding Shotgun with Tupper, Herald & Review Executive Sports Editor Mark Tupper discusses the Illinois football team's loss to  ...
    Published on Tuesday, September 19, 2017
    6 days ago
  • Riding Shotgun with Tupper: Illini’s quarterback situation
    In the latest edition of Riding Shotgun with Tupper, Herald & Review Executive Sports Editor Mark Tupper discusses the Illinois football team's loss to South Florida, the Illini freshmen's growing pains, the quarterback situation, the mess at Nebraska and his… ...
    Published on Tuesday, September 19, 2017
    6 days ago
  • Crootin’ Roundup: The Quarterbacks of 2018
    Which Future Recruits Will Battle over the Offensive Reigns Nothing lights up Twitter or a forum like a good ol’ quarterback competition! It’s the hot-button issue across Illini Nation, and it’s not likely to be settled until next year at the earliest. I hope our servers are strong, because here come the hits! Lovie Smith is as concerned with his stable of quarterbacks as your average fan, evidenced by the fact that they’ve accepted three commitments for the class of 2018. These three guys are similar but different, both in skills and readiness to make an early impact in Champaign. Because this column is mostly about hoping and dreaming for a better future, let’s take a deeper dive into what Illinois could be getting with the next batch of signal callers. Coran Taylor After dominating the Illinois state playoffs for Peoria Central as a junior, Taylor was the early centerpiece of the 2018 class. A 6-3, 205-pound redemption shot at letting Aaron Bailey walk out the door. Why he’s the guy: All three incoming quarterbacks fit the profile, but none quite have the ceiling of Taylor, simply because they aren’t the raw athlete that he is. If ...
    Published on Tuesday, September 19, 2017By iansgold
    6 days ago
  • QUIZ: Illinois players with 2,000 career rushing yards or more
    How many Illini players can you name that have 2,000 or more career rushing yards in 3 minutes? During the bye week, we will be creating and posting different quizzes to test your Illinois football knowledge. Each quiz will be posted here, and we’ll be sure to link yesterday’s quiz at the bottom of the page (so you won’t miss any of them!) Seventeen players in Illinois Fighting Illini football history have run for 2,000 yards or more in their careers. Fascinatingly enough, five of the seventeen players played for the orange and blue before 1976. We compiled a list of all of these players (plus a few bonus answers) and gave you three minutes to see how many you could name. The link to the quiz is found here: https://www.sporcle.com/games/TCRBrad/illinois-football-career-2000-yard-rushers-records-rushing Let us know how you did in the comment section below, and keep your eyes peeled for tomorrow’s quiz! Happy Bye Week! Last week’s quiz was about Illini quarterbacks that have the most passing yards in a game. Check it out here: https://www.sporcle.com/games/TCRBrad/illinois-fighting-illini-passing-yards-game ...
    Published on Tuesday, September 19, 2017By Brad Repplinger
    6 days ago
  • How many Illini players can you name that have 2,000 or…
    ...won’t miss any of them!)Seventeen players in Illinois Fighting Illini football history have run for 2,000 yards or more in their careers. Fascinatingly enough, five of the seventeen players played ...
    Published on Tuesday, September 19, 2017
    6 days ago
  • Illinois Football: Pete DiNovo a fix for Illini quarterback situation?
    The Illinois football team didn't just hand out scholarships yesterday, they also received a commitment who will be able to play right away this season. ...
    Published on Tuesday, September 19, 2017
    6 days ago
  • Illinois Football: Illini extends offer to 4-star Khris Bogle
    Lovie Smith and the Illinois football team continues to recruit out of the state of Florida. They are starting to develop a pipeline with some of the  ...
    Published on Tuesday, September 19, 2017
    6 days ago
  • Lovie adds new QB into the fray
    UCF transfer DiNovo is eligible to play right away CHAMPAIGN — The Illini started their bye week on Monday. And with the next 11 days before Illinois opens Big Ten play at home against Nebraska likely to include plenty of discussion about quarterback play, they added another one to their roster. read more ...
    Published on Tuesday, September 19, 2017By digital.media
    6 days ago
  • Sages make easy work of Eagles in 50-12 win
    Facing the third-ranked team in Class 3A, Monticello, the Eagles’ football team dug itself a quick hole with a 7-0 deficit as Sages quarterback Braden Snyder punched in a 5-yard touchdown run less than two minutes into Friday night’s Illini Prairie ...
    Published on Tuesday, September 19, 2017
    6 days ago
  • Arizona Wildcats have used third-most true freshmen in college football in 2017
    In fact, there are only two: the LSU Tigers and Illinois Fighting Illini. Arizona has used 17 true freshmen this season, which places them in a tie for third in the country. Many of those newcomers have been major contributors, too. Tony Fields II starts ...
    Published on Tuesday, September 19, 2017
    6 days ago
  • USF Football Imperialism Update: Staking Claim to the Midwest
    Considering Lovie Smith and his Illini regiment already conquered Western Kentucky and Ball State (which in fact is not a state), those lands now belong to USF as well. According to Reddit, the Bulls are now one of the top five teams by population and are ...
    Published on Tuesday, September 19, 2017
    6 days ago
  • Illinois Football: Pete DiNovo a fix for Illini quarterback situation?
    The Illinois football team didn’t just hand out scholarships yesterday, they also received a commitment who will be able to play right away this season. Bob Putnam of the Tampa Bay Times reported that former University of Central Florida Knights ...
    Published on Tuesday, September 19, 2017
    6 days ago
  • Illinois Football: Illini extends offer to 4-star Khris Bogle
    Lovie Smith and the Illinois football team continues to recruit out of the state of Florida. They are starting to develop a pipeline with some of the programs down there. One of the programs they are getting closer with is Cardinal Gibbons High School. ...
    Published on Tuesday, September 19, 2017
    6 days ago
  • Illini add transfer quarterback
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  • Illinois football adds new QB, eligible immediately
    Former Central Florida QB Pete DiNovo practiced with the Illini on Monday, according to reports. Illinois football has a new quarterback on its roster beginning Monday, according to the Tampa Bay Times. Former Central Florida quarterback Pete DiNovo left the program last month and transferred to Illinois, practicing with Lovie Smith’s team Monday, the article says. DiNovo appeared in two career games — one as a quarterback and one as a wide receiver — over three seasons with the Knights. His three passing attempts as a freshman totaled for minus-5 total yards. While it is unclear at the moment what DiNovo’s role on the Illini may be, there are questions circulating about who the starting quarterback will be against Nebraska on Sept. 29. Chayce Crouch led the team to a 2-0 start, but was benched against South Florida this past weekend after a third-consecutive game with a disappointing offense. Backup QB Jeff George Jr. completed 12-of-22 passes for 211 yards and one touchdown against the Bulls. The Illini are currently in a bye week. ...
    Published on Monday, September 18, 2017By Stephen Cohn
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  • Illinois has troubles, but Nebraska is a mess
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    Published on Monday, September 18, 2017
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  • How to Fix Replay Review in College Football
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    Published on Monday, September 18, 2017
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  • Illinois Fighting Illini and Coach, Lovie Smith, with Be The Match
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  • Big Ten Power Rankings: Week 4
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    Published on Monday, September 18, 2017By Austin Jabs
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    Published on Monday, September 18, 2017
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  • Grading Illinois Football’s loss to USF
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    Published on Monday, September 18, 2017
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  • Stats from Illinois football’s loss to South Florida
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    Published on Monday, September 18, 2017
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  • George gave Illini’s offense life
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    Published on Monday, September 18, 2017By digital.media
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    K-State is still a good team and held a 3-0 SEC team to 270 total yards. South Florida (3-0) You don’t get too much love for beating up on the Illini, but USF’s offense has been very good so far in 2017 — despite the slow starts. Nearly 700 yards in ...
    Published on Monday, September 18, 2017
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  • Illinois Has Troubles, But Nebraska Is A Mess
    CHAMPAIGN — With no game until Sept. 29, the Illini football coaching staff will spend this week trying to accelerate the growth of its many freshmen starters while pretending it ...
    Published on Monday, September 18, 2017
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  • Top of the Morning, Sept. 18, 2017
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    Published on Monday, September 18, 2017
    1 week ago
  • Purdue > SEC: Ten big things from the weekend in Big Ten football
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    Published on Monday, September 18, 2017
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  • David Haugh: Even if John Fox can’t see it, it’s time for Mitch…
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    Published on Monday, September 18, 2017
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  • Illini salute agriculture at tailgate
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    Published on Monday, September 18, 2017
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  • Week 3 of College Football in The American Was a Mixed Bag
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    Published on Monday, September 18, 2017
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  • Grading Illinois Football’s loss to USF
    The Illini may have finished with 23 points, but don’t be fooled, it was another poor showing for the Illini on offense. Chayce Crouch went 8-18 for just 76 yards and a bad interception before Smith pulled him for Jeff George Jr. early in the third quarter. ...
    Published on Monday, September 18, 2017
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  • Illinois Football: Calvin Avery ready to work for his playing time
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    Published on Monday, September 18, 2017
    1 week ago
  • Sunday Quarterback: South Florida
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    Published on Sunday, September 17, 2017
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  • Loss to South Florida a valuable lesson for inexperienced Illini
    Illinois’ youth showed on Friday night, but the program will be better for it in the future Each week, I’m tasked with finding the performer of the game for Illinois. The first two weeks were simple: Mikey Dudek made big plays in his first game in over two years, and Mike Epstein dazzled against Western Kentucky in week two. Praising an individual after a 47-23 defeat Friday night to No. 22 South Florida seemed like the equivalent of “Good job, good effort” after the Illini were smoked on national television, but I’ll bite. I’m opting for the full moral victory and tell you that the Illini’s performer(s) of the game Friday night were the true freshmen that played. And, holy hell, there were a lot of them. Illinois started 10 freshmen — the most in program history, breaking a record set last freaking week — Larry Boyd, Nate Hobbs, Tony Adams, Isaiah Gay, Bobby Roundtree, Mike Epstein, Bennett Williams, Louis Dorsey, Ricky Smalling and Alex Palczewski. (Quick side note: Getting a start is fairly subjective because it’s literally who is on the field for the first play, but it’s still a good indicator of youth on a team. For example, ...
    Published on Sunday, September 17, 2017By sbourbo2
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  • Illinois vs. South Florida Position Report Card
    The Illini’s first loss of the season wasn’t pretty to watch Illinois (2-1) couldn’t find any traction against South Florida (3-0) on Friday night, allowing a staggering 680 yards defensively. Remember last week when the Illini executed Lovie Ball in a win over Western Kentucky? That didn’t happen. Illinois was outgained 680-354, (376-67 in rushing yards alone), lost the turnover margin 3-1 and possessed the ball for just 21:43 of game time, which all adds up to a blowout that was more one-sided than the final score showed. Here’s a breakdown of how each position group fared in the Illini’s first loss of the season. Quarterback Grade: D- A whole new can of worms was opened Friday night as Chayce Crouch was lifted from the game in favor of Jeff George Jr. The change could’ve been made because of Crouch’s ineffectiveness, the wide deficit on the scoreboard or Lovie wanted to get Crouch out of the game to avoid injury (there’s no evidence that Crouch is injured — not that Lovie would tell the media anyway). Crouch was 8 of 18 for 76 yards with an interception and rushed five times for 10 yards. He rarely had time ...
    Published on Sunday, September 17, 2017By sbourbo2
    1 week ago
  • Sept. 17 Asmussen Top 25
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    Published on Sunday, September 17, 2017By rasmusse
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  • COMING UP: Stories we’re working on this week
    The Huskers will be trying to overcome a stinging 21-17 home loss to Northern Illinois this past week. Keep up with all the latest on Illini football throughout the week with Executive Sports Editor Mark Tupper. Churches with a comparatively small number ...
    Published on Sunday, September 17, 2017
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  • September 15, 2017 – Illinois Fighting Illini vs. #22 South Florida Bulls Full Football Game
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    Published on Sunday, September 17, 2017
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  • You haven’t heard the last of me just yet
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    Published on Sunday, September 17, 2017By digital.media
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  • Under further review: A learning opportunity
    Illinois had no answer for South Florida in an easy victory for the Bulls. Football beat writer Bob Asmussen breaks the game down further:  First impressions — In the old days, the coaches would have been tempted to burn the tape. But there are a couple reasons not to. First, there isn't tape anymore. Everything is digital. Second, and more important, there were so, so, so many teachable moments in the 47-23 loss. Like how not to play football. read more ...
    Published on Sunday, September 17, 2017By digital.media
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  • Illini legends, lists and lore
    On this day in Illinois history Forty years ago today — Sept. 17, 1977 — the Illinois football team won its first game under the direction of head coach Gary Moeller, defeating visiting Missouri, 11-7. Quarterback Kurt Steger helped the Illini take an early lead at the end of the first quarter, scoring on a 3-yard touchdown run. read more ...
    Published on Sunday, September 17, 2017By digital.media
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  • From the sports editor’s desk: Loren tate
    A roadtrip with Matt Daniels, Bob Asmussen and Loren Tate to Illini spring pracitce The road trip happened in April 2015. It was a relatively short one, a jaunt down Interstate 72 from Champaign to Springfield. But it involved two of my favorite people: Loren Tate and Bob Asmussen. Not just two of my favorite sports writers. Favorite people. read more ...
    Published on Sunday, September 17, 2017By digital.media
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  • Illinois Football: Good, bad and ugly from South Florida loss
    While this was a margin that even surpassed the expectations of Las Vegas, I think the Illini weren’t too far off in this game. They competed and were still in the thick of things heading into the second half. But, there were issues on offense and the ...
    Published on Sunday, September 17, 2017
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  • Commentary: Illini should go with George
    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. • One loss — one rather unsightly, penalty-marred, mistake-filled loss — and I’m wondering if there will be anyone sitting next to me while I continue to enjoy the “freshman watch” theme of this Illini football season. ...
    Published on Sunday, September 17, 2017By By Mark Tupper Decatur Herald & Review
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    Published on Saturday, September 16, 2017
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  • Winkeler: Passing the torch to more local players
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  • Commentary: Illini Should Go With George
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  • Tupper: Expect growing pains during Illini youth movement
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  • Football Game Recap: Illini West vs. West Prairie/Bushnell-Prairie City
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  • Football roundup: Marquel Porter and Chris Harrison team up to ignite Shepard
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    Published on Saturday, September 16, 2017
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  • Illinois Fighting Illini football: South Florida too much for young Illini in ugly game
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    Published on Saturday, September 16, 2017
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  • High school football scoreboard: Sept. 15-16, 2017
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    Published on Saturday, September 16, 2017
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  • Quick change: Give George, Jr. a chance
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    Published on Saturday, September 16, 2017
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  • Quick change: Give George Jr. a chance
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    Published on Saturday, September 16, 2017By MARK TUPPER Herald & Review
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    Published on Saturday, September 16, 2017
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  • Nebraska Football: Huskers upset alert proves Riley should be on hot seat
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  • Illinois Football: 3 observations from South Florida loss
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  • Illinois Fighting Illini football: South Florida too much for young Illini in ugly game
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  • Week 4 HS Football Scores and Coaches Corner Interviews
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  • Quick Change: Give George Jr. A Chance
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  • No freshman blues for Epstein
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    Published on Saturday, September 16, 2017By digital.media
    1 week ago
  • ‘We have a lot to learn’
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    Published on Saturday, September 16, 2017By digital.media
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  • Red flagged
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    Published on Saturday, September 16, 2017By digital.media
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  • Illini can’t keep up with No. 22 South Florida
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    Published on Saturday, September 16, 2017By ASSOCIATED PRESS
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  • Bob Asmussen’s report card: South Florida 47, Illinois 23
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    Published on Saturday, September 16, 2017By digital.media
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  • Illini Football: Usf 47, Illinois 23
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  • Too many penalties
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    Published on Friday, September 15, 2017By digital.media
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  • Loss is an expensive lesson for young Illini
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    Published on Friday, September 15, 2017By MARK TUPPER Herald & Review
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  • Illinois vs. South Florida recap: Illini outrun 47-23 on the road
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    Published on Friday, September 15, 2017By sbourbo2
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  • HS Football: Big second half propels Carlisle past Waynesville
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  • High School Football: Carlisle pulls away from Waynesville
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    Published on Friday, September 15, 2017
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  • LIVE! South Florida
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    Published on Friday, September 15, 2017By srichey
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  • USF Football: 3 takeaways from victory over Illinois
    Not the case on Friday against their first Power Five foe. Sure, it was just Illinois, but the Fighting Illini are in the Big Ten and had higher expectations this year after a 3-9 campaign a year ago. The Bulls beat Illinois by more points on Friday night ...
    Published on Friday, September 15, 2017
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  • South Florida Preview: Explosive Bulls will be Illini’s toughest challenge yet
    Illinois’ defense has been one of the country’s best at limiting big plays. But they haven’t yet faced Quinton Flowers and the USF offense. GAME INFORMATION Illinois Fighting Illinois at South Florida Bulls Friday, September 15, 6:00 p.m. CT Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida UNIFORMS First road game. #Illini @ILLequipment @PhilHecken @UniWatch @UNISWAG pic.twitter.com/je17y2pQdl— Illini Football (@IlliniFootball) September 13, 2017 COOL THING If you're in Chicago this weekend, stop by The Park at Wrigley for an @IlliniFootball watch party! #ILLINIRSVP ➡ https://t.co/sBIiVYqJ6F pic.twitter.com/xJMQxouFhD— Illini Athletics (@IlliniAthletics) September 14, 2017 PREVIEW In each of their two games this season, the Fighting Illini have looked radically different. Skill players like the Mikes — Dudek and Epstein — made fools of Ball State and led fans to believe the Fighting Illini could have an explosive offense if Garrick McGee can get the ball in their hands with regularity. Yet against the similar Western Kentucky, the offense lost all its explosion and merely plodded down the field for a couple scores. And while the defense struggled to clamp down on quarterback Riley Neal and the Cardinals in week one, Illinois looked absolutely dominant while suffocating the ...
    Published on Friday, September 15, 2017By Matt Silich
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    Published on Friday, September 15, 2017
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  • USF and Illinois is one big old penalized farce
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  • Illinois vs. South Florida football: Time, TV schedule, game preview, score
    The Fighting Illini knocked off Ball State and Western Kentucky while giving up a total of 28 points in their first two contests with a young defense that will be tested against an experienced team that has scored at least 30 points in 19 straight games. ...
    Published on Friday, September 15, 2017
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  • Week 4 football: Wayne 56, Miamisburg 28; final
    All three previous matchups have resulted in lopsided Wayne (2-1) wins. South Florida 16, Illinois 2 (Q2, 9:12): The Bulls run over the Illini in the end zone on a Darius Tice 10-yard touchdown run to cap an 87-yard drive. This time around, however ...
    Published on Friday, September 15, 2017
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  • USF and Illinois just played one of the ugliest quarters of football possible
    Still 6-2 USF in the top of the 1st. Here's the two again. pic.twitter.com/tA3OxWyfVy — Illini Football (@IlliniFootball) September 16, 2017 The attempt was blocked, and to add insult to injury, USF got flagged for sideline interference. But an Illinois ...
    Published on Friday, September 15, 2017
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  • How to Watch Illinois vs. South Florida: Game Time, TV Channel, Online Streaming & Odds
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    Published on Friday, September 15, 2017By joshgreenberg23
    1 week ago
  • Open Thread: Friday Night’s All Right for Football
    Can the Illini's ball-hawking defense (26th in takeaways, apparently) force enough mistakes out of an error-prone USF? In case you didn't see the graphic, the OTE writers...only kinda buy that. Come open-thread it with us, though, and find out! ...
    Published on Friday, September 15, 2017
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  • Illini Football: Game Day
    ...6:00pm CT | ESPNITS GAMEDAY! Go Illini beat the Bulls! 🔶🔷 pic.twitter.com/suYiAADtWw—... co/63lshEomhi pic.twitter.com/ORBOb270Gx— Illini Football (@IlliniFootball) September 15 ...
    Published on Friday, September 15, 2017
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  • Five Games to Watch Week 3 With Miami Hurricanes Implications
    USF and Illinois will have some local interest. Illini quarterback Mike Epstein prepped at St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale. USF features their own star quarterback from South Florida. Quinton Flowers played his high school football at Miami Jackson. ...
    Published on Friday, September 15, 2017
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  • Illinois Football: Expectations for the Illini against South Florida
    The Illinois football team is in Tampa Bay, Florida tonight to take on the South Florida Bulls in what is a big game for the Illini. Illinois enters this game  ...
    Published on Friday, September 15, 2017
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  • ‘We’re angry again’
    Q&A with Illini defensive end Tymir Oliver  He's got a cool name and an even better game. A year ago. Tymir Oliver was a backup lineman and special teams player. This year, he is a starting defensive end and a major contributor to the team's 2-0 start. Illinois football beat writer Bob Asmussen sat down with the Philadelphia native earlier this week. read more ...
    Published on Friday, September 15, 2017By digital.media
    1 week ago
  • How they line up: Illini at South Florida
    Beat writer Bob Asmussen's skinny on his projected starters for Illinois and South Florida:Illini (2-0)OFFENSENO. POS. PLAYER HT. WT. YR.7 Quarterback Chayce Crouch 6-4 230 Jr. read more ...
    Published on Friday, September 15, 2017By digital.media
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  • A homecoming of sorts
    Nickerson back in Tampa as Illini take on South Florida TAMPA, Fla. — Hardy Nickerson played 16 years in the NFL. The best were his seven seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1993-99. The Illinois defensive coordinator returns home today to Raymond James Stadium when the Illini face South Florida at 6 p.m. Nobody will need to tell him the way to the field. read more ...
    Published on Friday, September 15, 2017By digital.media
    1 week ago
  • He’s coming home
    Watson eager to leave impression in Tampa  TAMPA, Fla. — Raymond James Stadium has been good to Tre Watson. Very good. Three games. Three wins for the Tampa native. The Illinois linebacker won a youth league game on the field and two high school all-star games. read more ...
    Published on Friday, September 15, 2017By digital.media
    1 week ago
  • Talking points: South Florida
    Chat with Tampa Bay Times writer Joey Knight  We asked Tampa Bay Times beat writer Joey Knight for his take on the Bulls going into today's game against Illinois: What would a win against Illinois mean to the Bulls? read more ...
    Published on Friday, September 15, 2017By digital.media
    1 week ago
  • Illini @ #22 USF Bulls Tonight on the Big-Z
    ...football for the Illinois Fighting Illini tonight here on the Big-Z. Illinois (2-0) goes up against ... Ball State & Western Kentucky.Illini head football coach Lovie Smith:comment herecomment ...
    Published on Friday, September 15, 2017
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  • College Football Odds Illinois Fighting Illini at South Florida Bulls
    ...Florida Bulls Illinois Fighting Illini action on Friday. The game is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m ... conference here. The Fighting Illini are a big of a surprise with their 2-0 record to start ...
    Published on Friday, September 15, 2017
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  • Upset Watch: Which Favored Teams Could Be in Danger in Week 3?
    And with that, I’ll return to my mourning of Mizzou defenses and present to you Week 3’s best chances at mayhem: Illinois over USF: The Illini shocked college football—and by that, I mean the two dozen of you who were paying attention so late at ...
    Published on Friday, September 15, 2017
    1 week ago
  • Illinois Football: Expectations for the Illini against South Florida
    The Illinois football team is in Tampa Bay, Florida tonight to take on the South Florida Bulls in what is a big game for the Illini. Illinois enters this game with a 2-0 record coming off a solid win against a Western Kentucky team who was favored by seven ...
    Published on Friday, September 15, 2017
    1 week ago
  • Loss Is An Expensive Lesson For Young Illini
    Some football games are decided by clever late-game strategy or an intriguing advantage gained at a key position. ...
    Published on Friday, September 15, 2017
    1 week ago
  • College Football Schedule and Live TV Stream in Week 3: Sept. 15
    Bulls and Fighting Illini square off for the first time on the football field tomorrow! The former Texas head coach is looking forward to playing the game but was even more relief to be safe after the storm. “First and foremost, we’re just so blessed ...
    Published on Friday, September 15, 2017
    1 week ago
  • Illinois punter Blake Hayes part of new Aussie tradition in college football
    It can only be experienced in person. It takes your breath away." Hayes takes his first road trip with the Illini when they face No. 22 South Florida on Friday night at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. Hayes, 19, has been reliable through his first two games. ...
    Published on Friday, September 15, 2017
    1 week ago
  • Illini Football at USF Game 3 Hype Video
    The Fighting Illini will travel to No. 22/21 South Florida for a Friday night matchup on ESPN. Illinois (2-0) is looking for its first 3-0 start since 2011. ...
    Published on Friday, September 15, 2017
    1 week ago
  • College Football Week 3: Clemson vs. Louisville highlights big day on Channel 2
    For Illinois, the Fighting Illini are hoping to start 3-0 for the first time in six years and secure their first nonconference road win since beating Syracuse in 2007. Here’s a noteworthy stat. Illinois is tied for 26th in the nation with four takeaways ...
    Published on Friday, September 15, 2017
    1 week ago
  • Illini Weekly podcasts Episode 6
    Herald & Review Illini Weekly features conversations with Herald & Review Executive Sports Editor Mark Tupper talking all things Illini. In this episode, Mark and sports writer Joey Wagner talk University of Illinois football and what to expect from Friday ...
    Published on Friday, September 15, 2017
    1 week ago
  • Illinois vs. USF Live Stream, Start Time, Odds & TV Info
    Illinois vs. USF live stream, start time, betting odds and TV information for Friday’s game between the Fighting Illini and Bulls. Week 3 of the 2017 college football season rolls on Friday night with the No. 22 USF Bulls hosting the Illinois Fighting ...
    Published on Friday, September 15, 2017
    1 week ago
  • Week 3 Big Ten Football Preview
    ...cupcakes. Friday Illinois (2-0) at South Florida (2-0) 7pm, ESPN The Illini were one of the more impressive teams last week. I thought Western Kentucky was going to roll them as a seven point road ...
    Published on Thursday, September 14, 2017
    1 week ago
  • Illinois vs. South Florida
    Get a summary of the Illinois Fighting Illini vs. South Florida Bulls football game. ...
    Published on Thursday, September 14, 2017
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  • Illinois football playing USF squad that’s coming off a weather-imposed layoff
    As for the Illini, they approached this week just like any other. ... of sorts for Illini's Lovie Smith, the former coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. ...
    Published on Thursday, September 14, 2017
    2 weeks ago
  • Sept. 15 Ask the Sports Editor chat
    Friday, September 15, 2017 - 12:30pmCan Lovie Smith and the Illini win at South Florida? Can Brad Underwood and the Illini get a commitment from George Conditt this weekend? What high school football game should area fans see on Friday night? Anything is fair game in sports editor Matt Daniels' weekly chat, which gets going at 12:30 p.m. on Friday. Feel free to submit questions ahead of time. ...
    Published on Thursday, September 14, 2017By mdaniels
    2 weeks ago
  • How to Watch the Illini in the NFL: Week 2
    Here’s all the information you need to watch the Illinois alumni in the NFL this week. Week 2 kicks off around the National Football League and here are the Illini who will take the field this week on a roster: Jeff Allen OG Houston Texans Arrelious Benn WR Jacksonville Jaguars Vontae Davis CB Indianapolis Colts Clayton Fejedelem S Cincinnati Bengals Josh Ferguson RB Indianapolis Colts Michael Hoomanawanui TE New Orleans Saints Matt Lacosse TE New York Giants Corey Liuget DT Los Angeles Chargers Whitney Mercilus Whitney OLB Houston Texans Jay Prosch FB Houston Texans Jihad Ward DL Oakland Raiders Tavon Wilson S Detroit Lions Dawuane Smoot DE Jacksonville Jaguars Geronimo Allison WR Green Bay Packers Here's the full schedule with games featuring Illini players in bold: ...
    Published on Thursday, September 14, 2017By joshgreenberg23
    2 weeks ago
  • Behind Enemy Lines: South Florida Bulls
    Collin Sherwin of The Daily Stampede joins us to preview the Illinois vs USF game Illinois (2-0) will finish up its non-conference schedule by taking a trip down to Tampa, Florida, to play No. 22 South Florida (2-0). Collin Sherwin is the site manager for The Daily Stampede, and he joined us this week to answer our questions about the Bulls. You can read Collin’s work at The Daily Stampede and follow him on Twitter @USFCollin. 1. What was the feeling for the USF fanbase when the team hired ex-Texas Longhorns and Louisville coach Charlie Strong after losing Willie Taggart to Oregon? Considering what they lost, it was as good as USF could do as a replacement. The national sense that Strong didn’t get a fair shake at Texas certainly played a role in that excitement. He’s still likely a very good football coach, and considering Taggart’s buyout paid for the first two years of Strong, it was the best that could be expected. When you’re Group of Five, and with the massive budget restrictions that come with it, that kind of thing matters. 2. South Florida is the highest ranked group of 5 school currently (AP ...
    Published on Thursday, September 14, 2017By Brandon Birkhead
    2 weeks ago
  • USF Bulls Prep For Fighting Illini and Alter the Schedule
    It begins Friday night as the USF Bulls host the Fighting Illini (Illinois) at 7 pm. Saturday, it's the FAMU Tampa Football Classic when Florida A&M plays  ...
    Published on Thursday, September 14, 2017
    2 weeks ago
  • Tampa Ties: Several Illini set to make homecoming
    TAMPA, Fla. (WCIA) -- Illinois football arrived in Tampa Bay Thursday afternoon for its Friday night game against the South Florida Bulls. It's a homecoming for quite a few Illini. Fourteen roster players hail from the state of Florida, including three ...
    Published on Thursday, September 14, 2017
    2 weeks ago
  • College Football Betting Guide: Week 3
    South Florida is pretty good, though, and Charlie Strong’s club should have no trouble with the Illini on Friday night when Lovie Smith returns to Raymond James Stadium. 17.5 is a lot of points, however, to give a Big Ten football team. Not sure what to ...
    Published on Thursday, September 14, 2017
    2 weeks ago
  • USF Football vs. University of Illinois Fighting Illini Football
    University of Illinois Fighting Illini Football tickets at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL for Sep 15, 2017 07:00 PM at Ticketmaster. ...
    Published on Thursday, September 14, 2017
    2 weeks ago
  • Illinois at South Florida TCR Staff Predictions
    Here’s how our staff thinks the game will turn out. Stephen Cohn: Illinois 27, USF 23 If you read on, which you should, you’ll notice a theme of Illinois not being picked to win. My life (and prediction) motto is “You’re undefeated until you’re not undefeated.” While the Ball State game — and the inability to run away from an opponent — sticks in the back of my mind, I also cannot stop thinking about how impressive the defense was against Western Kentucky. If the line contains Flowers as it contained White last week, the Illini definitely have a shot at pulling off the upset over a ranked-South Florida team, and it may even lead to some delirious AP voter throwing Illinois in his Top 25 rankings this week. Michael Berns: USF 30, Illinois 24 I expected last week’s game against WKU to be a lot higher scoring than it was. USF and their quarterback Quinton Flowers are a lot harder to contain and they’re much better at running the football than Illinois’ opponent last week. At the time of this prediction, the Illini are 17-point underdogs to USF. I think the game ends up being significantly closer ...
    Published on Thursday, September 14, 2017By TCR Staff
    2 weeks ago
  • Sept. 18 Bob Asmussen chat
    Monday, September 18, 2017 - 10:00amHow did the Illini look against South Florida? What will the team do during the open week? Is the Big Ten going to get left out of the College Football Playoff? For the answer to these questions, and anything else on your mind, check in with our Illinois football beat writer. ...
    Published on Thursday, September 14, 2017By rasmusse
    2 weeks ago
  • Big Ten football power rankings: Michigan stays on top, Ohio State tumbles
    This felt like the type of game Illinois would lead by three points throughout until blowing it with a huge turnover late in the fourth quarter, but instead, the Fighting Illini dominated for 60 minutes. Illinois scored the first 20 points of the game and ...
    Published on Thursday, September 14, 2017
    2 weeks ago
  • Illinois Football: 5 keys to beating the South Florida Bulls
    One area that has stood out to me about this Illini defense is how disciplined they are. Usually, with college defenses especially young ones, they bite  ...
    Published on Thursday, September 14, 2017
    2 weeks ago
  • Five thoughts about Illinois Football’s 2-0 start
    Editor's Note: This week, Will takes a break from his usual Craggs & Leitch contributions to talk Illini Football. It's all good though, Tommy and Will are  ...
    Published on Thursday, September 14, 2017
    2 weeks ago
  • QUIZ: Most passing yards in a game by Illinois Quarterbacks
    Can you name all 10 Illini QB’s that top the list of most passing yards in a game? Since the 1980 football season, 10 Illinois Fighting Illini quarterbacks have thrown for more than 424 yards in a single game. We here at TCR compiled the 10 best single game performances and put them into our favorite time-sucking device quiz website Sporcle to see if YOU could guess all 10 quarterbacks in 2 minutes. We’ll give you a little secret, there are also 4 additional “bonus answers” for a total of 14 guys on this list. See if you can guess them all! Here’s the direct link to the Sporcle quiz: https://www.sporcle.com/games/TCRBrad/illinois-fighting-illini-passing-yards-game ...
    Published on Thursday, September 14, 2017By Brad Repplinger
    2 weeks ago
  • Big Ten Football: Jay’s 2017 Week 3 Quick Picks
    You read that correctly… 2-0 Illinois. I fully expect a gift basket from Illini coach Lovie Smith because I’ve picked against him two weeks in a row and Illinois has found a way to win both games. But that was Ball State and Western Kentucky. ...
    Published on Thursday, September 14, 2017
    2 weeks ago
  • Most impressive players in college football so far
    Winbush swarmed the Illini for three sacks prior to ripping the Blazers for 1.5. The senior leads the country in sacks and tackles for loss, and he’s tied for the lead in forced fumbles. Of the 35 players who have 200-plus receiving yards, just four ...
    Published on Thursday, September 14, 2017
    2 weeks ago
  • College Football Top 25, Rankings, Predictions, NCAA Football Schedules, and News
    For UMass, the struggling program has never really left the tarmac since leaving FCS play.... 1 day 40 min ago by Adam Kurkjian Illinois Fighting Illini vs. South Florida Bulls Preview and Prediction College Football Lovie Smith will return to Tampa when ...
    Published on Thursday, September 14, 2017
    2 weeks ago
  • College football TV schedule: Round 2 of Lamar Jackson vs. Clemson should be a slugfest
    It isn’t necessarily a good opponent, though the Illini deserve credit for handling Western Kentucky at home last week to improve to 2-0. South Florida didn’t have an easy go of it against San Jose State or Stony Brook, and QB Quinton Flowers and the ...
    Published on Thursday, September 14, 2017
    2 weeks ago
  • Five thoughts about Illinois Football’s 2-0 start
    Editor's Note: This week, Will takes a break from his usual Craggs & Leitch contributions to talk Illini Football. It's all good though, Tommy and Will are gonna be back soon, together as one, to talk Illini Hoops. 1. Was the Western Kentucky win the best ...
    Published on Thursday, September 14, 2017
    2 weeks ago
  • College Football Picks: Week 3 Predictions for Every Game
    Illinois locked down Western Kentucky in Week 2, likely to the surprise of many college football viewers. Can the Illini put together an encore performance opposite Quinton Flowers? We're still giving USF the benefit of the doubt, but the early-season ...
    Published on Thursday, September 14, 2017
    2 weeks ago