Illinois Fighting Illini Articles

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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
Penn State Nittany Lions
True college football fans like to examine and dissect statistics, whether it's a quarterback's completion percentage or a team's winning record on the road. We, however, love stats. With that in mind, we scoured the Big Ten to put...
Braden Gall
1 year ago
Tim Beckman
Illinois coach Tim Beckman is just 6-18 in his first two seasons, but athletic director Mike Thomas has indicated he will return for 2014.Beckman’s debut in 2012 was a disaster, which resulted in a 2-10 record and a winless mark in Big Ten...
Steven Lassan
1 year ago
Big Ten Football
The Big Ten regular season is in the books. Two teams went undefeated in the league, and those two teams will square off in the 2013 Big Ten Championship Game. Michigan State topped Minnesota with a suffocating defense to finish unbeaten in the...
Braden Gall
1 year ago
Ohio State Buckeyes
There is little left to determine in the Big Ten this weekend. Bowl pecking order is still yet to be ironed out but no more teams can reach the postseason on the season's final weekend. Even one of college football's greatest and most...
Braden Gall
1 year ago
Braxton Miller
True college football fans like to examine and dissect statistics, whether it's a quarterback's completion percentage or a team's winning record on the road. We, however, love stats. With that in mind, we scoured the Big Ten to put...
Braden Gall
1 year ago
Will Muschamp
With two weeks left in the 2013 season, college football’s coaching carousel is about to get interesting. And after this Saturday’s slate of games, several teams will close the book on their 2013 schedule. With the season over for many...
Steven Lassan
1 year ago
Big Ten Football
It was a throwback weekend in the Big Ten. Blistering temperatures and inclement weather impacted every game in the league and below freezing temperatures, gusting winds and even heavy snow played a role in Week 13.That said, Ohio State and...
Braden Gall
1 year ago
Minnesota Golden Gophers
True college football fans like to examine and dissect statistics, whether it's a quarterback's completion percentage or a team's winning record on the road. We, however, love stats. With that in mind, we scoured the Big Ten to put...
Braden Gall
1 year ago
Tim Beckman
With three weeks left in the 2013 season, college football’s coaching carousel is set to begin. There were no coaching changes over the last week, but with the end of the year coming for a few teams, expect to see more movement over the next...
Steven Lassan
1 year ago
Big Ten Football
Fans in the Big Ten need to start getting used to — and excited about — the idea of a Michigan State and Ohio State showdown in the Big Ten title game. Both teams stayed unbeaten in conference play with key road victories over division...
Braden Gall
1 year ago

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