Illinois Fighting Illini Articles

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany is many things, but dumb isn’t one of them. His conference snaked football blue blood and powerhouse Nebraska from the Big 12 to grow the conference in 2011. He followed that up by stealing ACC founding member...
Braden Gall
2 years ago
With college football’s spring practice and basketball’s postseason around the corner, Athlon Sports decided this would be a good time to evaluate each school’s coaching tandem. In this ranking, we aimed to reward balance. In short, which...
David Fox
2 years ago
Recruiting in college football is downright nasty. It is a cutthroat, cannibalistic big business that is microscopically analyzed by fans, administrators and media members alike. The Big Ten's recruiting trail is chalked full of intriguing...
Braden Gall
2 years ago
Throughout the final months of the college basketball season, Athlon Sports will take a quick snapshot of key movers in the potential NCAA field. Who's moving up? Who's moving down? Who's on the bubble and who's off? What can we expect in the...
David Fox
2 years ago
Preseason prognosticators like Athlon Sports — the most accurate college football preview magazine on newsstands — use many things to predict what the coming football season will look like. Returning starters, scheduling, historic trends,...
Braden Gall
2 years ago
National Signing Day 2013 is right around the corner and Athlon Sports is releasing its position-by-position rankings for the Class of 2013 based on the Athlon Consensus 100. Who is left on the board? Who has the best class at one position?...
Braden Gall
2 years ago
As the college basketball season nears the end of the first month of the new year, the standings still reveal a handful of surprises. Instead of Arizona and UCLA, Oregon is atop the Pac-12. Ole Miss is undefeated in the SEC, though the Rebels...
David Fox
2 years ago
The Big Ten had a year to forget in 2012. Two of the conference’s best teams (Ohio State and Penn State) were ineligible to compete for the postseason, while Michigan State underachieved and finished with a 7-6 mark. While the 2012 season will...
Steven Lassan
2 years ago
The college basketball season is rolling along as we’ve reached the halfway point to the Final Four. If this week’s debate for the No. 1 team is any indication, the competition for the national title will be hotly contested. The top two teams...
David Fox
2 years ago
With 347 Division I teams, following college basketball can be overwhelming. Let Athlon Sports start your college hoops week each Monday with a look at some of the most intriguing, most important and most interesting stats from around the sport...
David Fox
2 years ago
With 347 Division I teams, following college basketball can be overwhelming. Let Athlon Sports start your college hoops week each Monday with a look at some of the most intriguing, most important and most interesting stats from around the sport...
David Fox
2 years ago
Ohio State coach Thad Matta John Groce can win a tournament game or two. The Illinois coach proved that in the Maui Invitational this season and in two NCAA Tournaments at Ohio. His first foray into the Big...
David Fox
2 years ago
With 347 Division I teams, following college basketball can be overwhelming. Let Athlon Sports start your college hoops week each Monday with a look at some of the most intriguing, most important and most interesting stats from around the sport...
Braden Gall
2 years ago
Kentucky's Anthony Davis Kentucky was the nation’s best team for 2012 (at least through April). Anthony Davis was the nation’s best player. And great rivalry games in the Bluegrass State and out churned out some...
David Fox
2 years ago
Entering the season, Athlon ranked the Big Ten the nation’s top conference. Despite a loss by its top team Saturday, the league has done nothing to change that notion. If anything, the league looks more formidable than we projected. Indiana...
David Fox
2 years ago
The merits of recruiting rankings are debated in every sports bar and around every water cooler in the nation. Athlon continues its look at how each all-conference team ranked as high school recruits with the first-team All-Big Ten team....
Braden Gall
2 years ago
With 347 Division I teams, following college basketball can be overwhelming. Let Athlon Sports start your college hoops week each Monday with a look at some of the most intriuging, most important and most interesting stats from around the sport...
Braden Gall
2 years ago
Bizarre might be the best word to describe the 2012 edition of Big Ten football. The best teams with the best player and the best coach won't be playing for a championship of any kind after finishing the season as one of only two undefeated teams...
Braden Gall
2 years ago
2012 has been an awful season for Illinois. New coach Tim Beckman had a disastrous debut, with the Fighting Illini failing to win a Big Ten game in 2012.  And the bad year only got worse on Saturday, as Beckman was clobbered by an official...
Steven Lassan
2 years ago
Wisconsin is in and waiting for either Nebraska or Michigan in the Big Ten Championship game. Senior day will take place all across the Midwest, including what should be a very emotional day in Happy Valley. Michigan and Ohio State renew arguably...
Braden Gall
2 years ago
Success in Maui has been a good sign for most teams in recent years. Two of the last four Maui Invitational champions have gone on to win the national title (2008-09 North Carolina, 2010-11 Connecticut). Players like Kemba Walker, Ty Lawson, Kyle...
David Fox
2 years ago
The Ohio State Buckeyes will finish the regular season with the best overall record in the Big Ten after an exciting overtime win in Madison. But what really mattered most was a 24-point home romp by the Nebraska Cornhuskers over Minnesota. The...
Braden Gall
2 years ago
There is very little left in the Big Ten to be determined. Nebraska shouldn't be tested by either Minnesota or Iowa, so their ticket is all but punched to the title game. Wisconsin already has their hotel reservations in Indianapolis. ...
Braden Gall
2 years ago
The Wisconsin Badgers have clinched a berth in the Big Ten championship game for the second year in a row. And even though it won't finish with the best record in the Leaders half of the league, UW could still finish 5-0 in the division. Games...
Braden Gall
2 years ago
Week 11 should be a great weekend in the Big Ten. Northwestern heads to Ann Arbor to see if it belongs in the title discussion. Wisconsin visits Indiana in what could be a surprising Leaders Division elimination game. And the contrast of colors...
Braden Gall
2 years ago

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