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Illinois Football: 2020 Fighting Illini Season Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 2 weeks 2 days ago
Two games in 2019 — at home against Wisconsin and on the road at Michigan State — changed the trajectory of Lovie Smith’s Illinois football program.   On Oct. 19, the No. 6 Badgers came to Champaign as 31-point favorites — and left with a 24–23 loss courtesy of James McCourt’s last-second field goal. Just 2–4 before Wisconsin came to Champaign,...

Illinois Football: 5 Offensive Fighting Illini Players to Watch in 2020

By Gabe Salgado, 3 weeks 17 hours ago
The resurgence of the Illinois Fighting Illini in 2019 has brought new expectations for this program looking ahead to 2020. Part of this team's revival down the stretch last season can be credited to the offense. And that much-improved offense returns key playmakers that should put the Illini in position to reach another bowl game this season. Here are five players that are back for this...

Big Ten Football 2020 Predictions

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 1 day ago
The 2020 Big Ten predictions begin with a couple of familiar faces atop the divisions: Ohio State and Wisconsin. The Buckeyes and Badgers have combined for 11 out of the 18 appearances in the conference title game since its inception prior to 2011. Penn State should be Ohio State’s top competition in the East, with Michigan up next in third. Minnesota isn’t far behind Wisconsin,...

Big Ten Football 2020 All-Conference Team

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 3 days ago
The 2020 All-Big Ten team is led by 15 selections from Ohio State, with Michigan up next with 12. Iowa and Penn State headline the next tier with 11 picks. Those four teams are the only ones to hit double-digit picks, but seven other programs had at least seven selections on the 2020 All-Big Ten squad.   Athlon Sports has released its top 25 for 2020. Now, it’s time to take a look...

When Does College Football Start in 2020?

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 week ago
College football’s 2020 season officially kicks off on Saturday, Aug. 29 with five overall matchups on tap for Week 0. With the matchup between Navy and Notre Dame moved from Ireland and to Labor Day weekend, Hawaii-Arizona and California-UNLV provide the most intrigue for Week 0. Week 1 also features plenty of interesting matchups as the 2020 FBS season gets into full swing with...

College Football Rankings: Top 25 for 2020

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 3 weeks ago
The 2020 college football season is scheduled to officially begin on Saturday, Aug. 29, but it's never too early to start thinking about top 25 rankings and what might transpire this fall. Each FBS season brings plenty of surprises, disappointments and unexpected teams emerging in the national title picture. However, the list of favorites for this year starts with familiar contenders:...

Illinois Football: 10 2021 NFL Draft Prospects to Watch for the Fighting Illini

By Gabe Salgado, 2 months 4 days ago
The Illinois Fighting Illini are back for more in 2020. The team posted its best season during the Lovie Smith era last year (6-7) and made its first bowl appearance since 2014. A handful of players were responsible for much of the team's success in 2019, and most return to keep the momentum going this season. Because of Illinois' resurgence on the gridiron, NFL scouts are taking notice...

NFL Draft 2021 Top Quarterback Prospects

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 1 week ago
The 2021 NFL Draft is slated to take place from April 29-May 1 in Cleveland, Ohio. While the 2020 college football season has yet to unfold, it's never too early to take a look at which quarterbacks could top the rankings or the wish list for teams next spring. The pool of top prospects at quarterback is headlined by Ohio State's Justin Fields and Clemson's Trevor Lawrence, as both...

College Football's Best Players Not Taken in the 2020 NFL Draft

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 1 week ago
With the 2020 NFL Draft officially in the books, it’s time to look back and see which of college football’s biggest stars went undrafted. Whether it was a concern about size, overall talent, an injury, how a player will transition from scheme or handle the jump to the NFL, a handful of stars from the previous college football season did not hear their name called over the three-...

Illinois Football: Fighting Illini's 2020 Schedule Analysis

By Gabe Salgado, 2 months 2 weeks ago
The Illinois Fighting Illini are back for more in 2020. The Illini came into the 2019 season with very little expectations. And after the team struggled with a 2-4 start, many thought it would be business as usual in Champaign. But then Lovie Smith's team put it all together and put together a 4-2 finish to the regular season to earn their first bowl invite since 2014. Illinois lost 35-20 to...