Illinois Fighting Illini Articles

The Big Ten moves to a nine-game conference schedule in 2016, meaning fewer non-conference battles to evaluate from the 14-team conference. Even though the number of non-conference tilts has been reduced, there are still some good quality matchups...
Kevin McGuire
4 months ago
Jake Browning
It’s no secret quarterback play is an integral part of every college football team and its hopes of winning a national title, contending for a conference championship or simply making a bowl. However, this position is also the most difficult...
Steven Lassan
4 months ago
The Big Ten West is going to be a fun race although Iowa could be the team best built to win it, again. The Hawkeyes will have to fend off challenges from Nebraska and Wisconsin among others. The other intriguing race will be for last place between...
Matt Josephs
4 months ago
Baker Mayfield
There are a lot of prospective student-athletes coming out of high school that are two-sport athletes. In fact, in the 2016 NFL Draft 88.5% of players selected were dual-sport athletes back in their Friday Night Light days. That statistic goes to...
Lance Dozier
5 months ago
J.T. Barrett
Major League Baseball’s 2016 All-Star Game is slated for Tuesday night at Petco Park in San Diego. While the Midsummer Classic won’t satisfy the hunger for football at this point in the summer, the All-Star Game got the staff at Athlon...
Steven Lassan
5 months ago
Simmie Cobbs
Every college football team has players most would consider underrated. However, defining underrated players is no easy assignment, as that term varies in meaning between fans and experts. With the 2016 season approaching,...
Steven Lassan
5 months ago
Alabama Crimson Tide national title
The start of the 2016 college football season is still over 50 days away, but it’s never too early to project how the bowl games and playoff pairings may look by December. The top four teams for year three of the College Football Playoff era...
Steven Lassan
5 months ago
You know the big names to take the field in the Big Ten this season, like Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett or Michigan hybrid safety/linebacker Jabrill Peppers. We can go on for days about those players. If you want to dig a little deeper,...
Kevin McGuire
5 months ago
Luke Falk
As we all know, a majority of college football games are played on Saturday. But there are quite a few games this year that fall on Friday - 56 to be exact. That is the most ever, and hey, maybe that’s not a bad thing. A matchup on...
Lance Dozier
5 months ago
Trevor Knight
Transfers are a huge part of any college football season. Whether it’s a graduate transfer eligible right away or a player that sat out the previous year due to NCAA rules, impact players are available in the transfer ranks every...
Steven Lassan
5 months ago
Corey Clement
Injuries are an unfortunate part of any college football season and usually take a toll on all 128 teams by the end of the year. Several key players were hit by the injury bug in 2015, including a handful of big names from the Big Ten. Wisconsin...
Steven Lassan
5 months ago
Davis Webb
Quarterback play is always under the microscope for every college football team. This position is the toughest to evaluate, develop and project for upcoming seasons. Finding a new starter or replacing a departing senior comes easy for some teams....
Steven Lassan
5 months ago
Deshaun Watson
The 2016 college football season is just around the corner, and it’s time to honor the best of the best for the upcoming year. The 2016 season features plenty of big names returning to the gridiron, including a standout group of...
Steven Lassan
5 months ago
Mitch Leidner
The start of the 2016 college football season is just around the corner. What better way to get you ready for another fall of gridiron action than to give you some stats to chew on. Here's a nice serving of some key numbers to pay...
Kevin McGuire
5 months ago
Nick Saban
Success with any college football team starts with coaching. Even if a program doesn’t have the resources of the nation’s elite jobs, a good coach can elevate a program into national title contention. However, similar to any position on...
Steven Lassan
5 months ago
Having a dual-threat quarterback who makes the defense respect his arm and legs is arguably a must for effective offenses in today’s college football. These quarterbacks have the unique ability to turn ordinary plays into pay dirt and...
Lance Dozier
5 months ago
J.T. Barrett
Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State and Iowa are projected to be the Big Ten’s top four teams this season, so it should be no surprise these programs dominate the Athlon Sports projected All-Big Ten team for 2016. Michigan leads the way with...
Steven Lassan
5 months ago
Jabrill Peppers
Every team has that one guy who needs to show up every week and get his job done at the highest level in order for his team to have success. Sometimes that player is simply the most talented one on the team. Often it's the quarterback. Other...
J.P. Scott
5 months ago
Dalvin Cook
Having a running back who has the ability to turn on the jets after getting to the second level of the defense and also make something out of nothing is a must for a great ground game. These running backs have the unique ability to turn ordinary...
Lance Dozier
6 months ago
J.T. Barrett
The Ohio State-Michigan rivalry has produced plenty of memorable moments throughout its history, and the battle on Nov. 26 should have plenty at stake, as the East Division title and a spot in the College Football Playoff could be up for grabs...
Steven Lassan
6 months ago
JuJu Smith-Schuster
Having a wide receiver who has the ability to stretch the field and take the top off the defense is a must for passing attacks. These receivers have the unique ability to turn ordinary plays into paydirt and six points for the offense. They come in...
Lance Dozier
6 months ago
Nick Saban
The 2016 college football season is less than 100 days away, but the countdown to kickoff is officially underway. Athlon Sports’ 2016 College Football Preview annuals are already on newsstands across the county and available for order in the...
Athlon Sports
6 months ago
Urban Meyer
Success with any college football team starts with coaching. Even if a program doesn’t have the resources of the nation’s elite jobs, a good coach can elevate a program into national title contention. However, similar to any position on...
Steven Lassan
6 months ago
Brandon Harris
Kickoff for the 2016 college football season is still over 100 days away, but it’s never too early to start thinking about rankings, predictions and previews for the upcoming year. For most college football fans, one of the annual traditions...
Steven Lassan
6 months ago
J.T. Barrett
The quarterback position in the Big Ten is filled with uncertainty in 2016. Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett and Iowa’s C.J. Beathard are easily the league’s top options, but the question marks begin at No. 3. Nebraska’s Tommy...
Steven Lassan
7 months ago

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