Illinois Fighting Illini Articles

Melvin Gordon
The 2014 college football season kicks off on Aug. 27 and concludes in Dallas with the first four-team playoff in the FBS ranks on January 12, 2015. Since it’s never too early to start thinking about the upcoming college football season,...
Steven Lassan
6 months ago
The Big Ten is in desperate need of some non-conference success. This league has begun to fall behind the rest of the biggest boys in college football and some marquee non-conference wins — along with expansion — is...
Braden Gall
6 months ago
Christian Hackenberg
The start of the 2014 college football season is still over 80 days away, but there is no shortage of news to fill the offseason in the Big Ten. Although there’s a long way until kickoff, the preview magazines for 2014 are already on...
Steven Lassan
6 months ago
Braxton Miller
2014 Big Ten PredictionsEast DivisionBig TenOverall 1. Ohio State (No. 3)7-112-1 2. Michigan State (No. 11)7-110-2 3. Penn State (No. 22)6-210-2 4. Michigan (No. 32)5-38-4 5. Maryland (No. 48)3-56-6 6. Indiana (No. 58)...
Steven Lassan
6 months ago
Big Ten Football
Scheduling in college football is all that matters. Sure, coaching, rosters and even a little bit of luck play bigger roles in determining championships in the NCAA ranks.But scheduling in college football plays as big a role as any of those other...
Braden Gall
8 months ago
Christian Hackenberg
The Big Ten isn’t particularly deep at quarterback this season, but there’s plenty to like at the top.Ohio State’s Braxton Miller takes the No. 1 spot in the quarterback rankings, and the senior is expected to be one of the...
Steven Lassan
8 months ago
Illinois Fighting Illini new 2014
Illinois joined the new uniform release party this spring, unveiling helmets and jerseys for 2014 on Wednesday night.The program is switching to a power “I” design on the helmets, which is a needed change from the simple Illinois...
Steven Lassan
8 months ago
All-conference teams are a great indicator as to who is the best in each league. Earning first-team honors more than once is a pretty good sign that you were one of the best at your position during your career. The rare three-time (or even four-...
Braden Gall
8 months ago
Urban Meyer
Ranking college football coaches is no easy task. Similar to any position on the field, statistics may not tell the full story when judging a coaching tenure.While it’s difficult to rank coaches, this aspect of college football is arguably...
Steven Lassan
8 months ago
Mike London
The start of spring practice for all 128 college football teams is a chance to start fresh and forget the bad results that came along with 2013.For a handful of coaches, spring practice is also the first opportunity to turn around a program and...
Steven Lassan
9 months ago
Drew Brees
For the Big Ten, the BCS Era was marred with lackluster BCS national championship game performances. The league as a whole won just one national title during the 16-year BCS Era and that title came all the way back in 2002.But from a national...
Braden Gall
9 months ago
Michigan Wolverines
Every college football program is unique and has its own set of challenges. But some programs are clearly better than others.So what exactly determines the best job in a conference or in college football? Each person’s criteria will be...
Athlon Sports
9 months ago
Marshall Henderson
Beware of bid thieves.For weeks, basketball fans been watching the NCAA Tournament bubble, hoping their teams can win the games they should and maybe score an upset or two.But an NCAA Tournament bid isn’t always in the hands of the bubble...
David Fox
9 months ago
The Bowl Championship Series is dead. But even the harshest of BCS detractors must acknowledge that the 16-year run was arguably the best era of college football in the history of the sport.The era was highlighted by the advent of the BCS...
Braden Gall
9 months ago
Penn State Nittany Lions
Love or hate football recruiting, it matters. Coaching, support staffs, financial situations and even a little bit of luck goes into winning football games, but having great players always helps too.So recruiting rankings are just one facet of a...
Braden Gall
9 months ago
Joel Stave
It’s tough to glean much from spring practice, but for the 14 teams in the Big Ten, these preseason workouts couldn’t get here fast enough. 2013 was a disappointing year for the conference, as only three teams – Ohio State,...
Steven Lassan
9 months ago
Joe Thomas
The Bowl Championship Series is dead. But even the harshest of BCS detractors must acknowledge that the 16-year run was arguably the best era of college football in the history of the sport.The era was highlighted by the advent of the BCS...
Braden Gall
10 months ago
Ohio State Buckeyes
The Bowl Championship Series is dead. But even the harshest of BCS detractors must acknowledge that the 16-year run was arguably the best era of college football in the history of the sport.The era was highlighted by the advent of the BCS...
Braden Gall
10 months ago
Ohio State Buckeyes
Rivals.com, Scout.com, ESPN and 247Sports.com are the four major recruiting services who all do an excellent job evaluating, tracking and ranking all things recruiting.But they don't always agree and that is a great thing for fans. It also...
Braden Gall
10 months ago
The Bowl Championship Series is dead. But even the harshest of BCS detractors must acknowledge that the 16-year run was arguably the best era of college football in the history of the sport.The era was highlighted by the advent of the BCS...
Braden Gall
10 months ago
The Bowl Championship Series is dead. But even the harshest of BCS detractors must acknowledge that the 16-year run was arguably the best era of college football in the history of the sport.The era was highlighted by the advent of the BCS...
Braden Gall
10 months ago
The Bowl Championship Series is dead. But even the harshest of BCS detractors must acknowledge that the 16-year run was arguably the best era of college football in the history of the sport.The era was highlighted by the advent of the BCS...
Braden Gall
11 months ago
Braxton Miller
The Big Ten is set to grow by two teams next year, but a familiar set of programs will lead the way in the conference in 2014.Ohio State is the early favorite to win the Big Ten next season, but Michigan State and Wisconsin are the next two teams...
Steven Lassan
11 months ago
Braxton Miller
The 2013 college football regular season had distinct and unique character. The No. 2 team in the nation didn’t lose every weekend like in 2007. And one player didn’t captivate the nation like Cam Newton in 2010 or Johnny Manziel last...
Braden Gall
1 year ago
Michigan State Spartans
The 2013 regular season is in the books and the Michigan State Spartans are the champs.The improbable run to the Rose Bowl for Mark Dantonio is the main headline for what turned out to be a very memorable campaign in the Big Ten, but it’s not...
Braden Gall
1 year ago

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