Illinois Fighting Illini Articles

Rashan Gary
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, i.e. the quarterback. Other times, the...
J.P. Scott
6 months ago
Nick Saban, Alabama Football
Ranking all 130 college football head coaches is an impossible task. But with the 2017 season right around the corner, Athlon Sports is continuing its countdown to Week 1 by evaluating all 130 coaches and ranking them from best to worst.  ...
Steven Lassan
7 months ago
Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma Football
The 2017 college football season is just around the corner, and it’s time to honor the best of the best for the upcoming year. The 2017 season features plenty of big names returning to the gridiron, including a standout group of...
Steven Lassan
7 months ago
Herschel Walker, Georgia Football
The inaugural edition of Athlon Sports was published in 1967, the same year that a running back named O.J. Simpson led the USC Trojans to the national championship. As we celebrate 50 years of covering the sport, we thought it would be fun to take...
Athlon Sports
7 months ago
Lovie Smith, Illinois Football
It was not a great debut for Illinois head coach Lovie Smith, as the Fighting Illini saw their win total drop from five in 2015 to just two while the offense and defense both took steps backwards. To add to the challenge facing Smith, he has a...
Athlon Sports
7 months ago
J.T. Barrett, Ohio State Football
The Big Ten had a top-heavy 2016 season, as four teams finished inside of the top 10, Ohio State earned a CFB Playoff spot, and Penn State fell just short of reaching the top four after defeating Wisconsin in the conference title game. Fast forward...
Steven Lassan
7 months ago
Dabo Swinney
Predictions for any FBS conference and all 130 college football teams are an inexact science. Some teams are just a bigger mystery than others or a hard program to get a read on for the upcoming year. Coaching changes, transfers, players returning...
Steven Lassan
7 months ago
J.T. Barrett, Ohio State Football
The Big Ten features four teams - Ohio State, Wisconsin, Michigan and Penn State - inside of Athlon’s top 25 for 2017. These four teams return a good chunk of talent this year, with 14 Buckeyes earning a spot on Athlon’s All-Big Ten...
Steven Lassan
8 months ago
Urban Meyer
College football’s best collection of head coaches resides in the Big Ten. Ohio State’s Urban Meyer boasts three national championships in his career and takes the top spot in Athlon’s rankings. Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh,...
Steven Lassan
8 months ago
Jim Harbaugh
Returning starter data in college football preseason charts or magazine pages isn’t an exact science. The numbers and data can vary among different websites, magazines or other resources. However, even if there’s some disagreement on...
Steven Lassan
8 months ago
Sam Darnold
With the 2017 NFL Draft in the books, it's time to take an early look at 2018 and some of the top prospects on the radar for pro scouts. Although USC quarterback Sam Darnold has just 10 career starts, the sophomore ranks as the No. 1 player in...
Athlon Sports
8 months ago
The 2016 Big Ten season may not have ended the way you would have expected. Who could have seen it coming, with Penn State getting blown out at Michigan and losing on the road in Pennsylvania for a second straight season (at Temple in 2015, at...
Kevin McGuire
9 months ago
Lamar Jackson
Spring practice is a busy time for all 130 college football teams, and it's no secret most of the attention in offseason workouts starts with the quarterback position. The 2017 crop of quarterbacks starts with defending Heisman Trophy...
Steven Lassan
10 months ago
The importance of the non-conference schedule supposedly has been increased in the College Football Playoff era, and the Big Ten has instituted a new scheduling policy to give the conference-wide strength of schedule a boost. This season sees a few...
Kevin McGuire
10 months ago
Deondre Francois
The countdown to the 2017 college football season is already underway, as spring practices and position battles for spots on the depth chart for all 130 teams across the nation are already in progress in offseason workouts. And one...
Steven Lassan
10 months ago
Urban Meyer
The Big Ten closed the gap with the SEC last year in the race to be college football’s No. 1 conference, and the league is in great shape as spring ball opens for 2017. Ohio State and Penn State should be among the nation’s frontrunners...
Steven Lassan
10 months ago
Mark Dantonio
Ranking the college football and basketball head coaching tandems for the Power 5 conferences is no easy assignment. But that’s what Athlon Sports has set out to do this offseason, as spring practice is just starting around the nation for all...
Athlon Sports
10 months ago
Mark Dantonio
The Big Ten isn’t hurting for talent in its coaching ranks. The duo of Tom Izzo and Mark Dantonio ranks as the best in the conference, but Ohio State (Urban Meyer and Thad Matta) and Michigan (Jim Harbaugh and John Beilein) round out a strong...
Athlon Sports
11 months ago
Lovie Smith
Year two of the Lovie Smith era at Illinois kicked off on Tuesday, as the Fighting Illini are the first FBS program in the country to begin spring practice.   Smith's first Champaign campaign did not go well, as his team finished...
J.P. Scott
11 months ago
Nick Saban
Recruiting is the foundation for winning national championships, competing for CFB Playoff berths or winning at a high level in college football. While recruiting rankings aren’t 100 percent accurate, there is plenty of truth in the rankings...
Steven Lassan
11 months ago
Jarrett Stidham
Finding or developing a quarterback is no easy task for any college football coach. This position is one of the hardest to evaluate in high school, and quarterbacks often transfer early in their career in search of more playing time if they are...
Steven Lassan
11 months ago
Urban Meyer
Recruiting may be the lifeblood of a college football program, but developing the incoming talent and maxing out the potential of a roster is a big reason why some coaches thrive and others will fail. At Ohio State, Urban Meyer and his staff...
Kevin McGuire
11 months ago
Urban Meyer
The 14 teams in the Big Ten rarely recruit a hefty number of junior college prospects each season, but there are a handful of names joining the conference expected to make an impact in 2017. Ohio State lost three key members from its 2016 secondary...
Steven Lassan
11 months ago
Dabo Swinney
With National Signing Day in the books, the focus for the 2017 college football season shifts to spring practices and upcoming offseason workouts. While most freshmen won’t arrive until the summer, a handful of incoming recruits already hit...
Steven Lassan
11 months ago
Jimbo Fisher
College football’s 2017 National Signing Day is officially in the books. Every FBS program inked recruits to a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday, which means coaching staffs should have a good snapshot of how their program...
Steven Lassan
11 months ago

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