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Illinois Makes Negative Statement in Lincoln, Getting Blow Out
After its best offensive performance of the season at home against Miami of Ohio last week, the Illinois Fighting Illini were set for their first Big Ten game with a ton of confidence against a Nebraska defense that had been [...]
Illinois Fighting Illini Offensive Coordinator Bill Cubit Gets Deserved Extension
The University of Illinois announced today that it has extended the contract of its offensive coordinator Bill Cubit through the 2015 season after his first year with the Fighting Illini saw dramatic improvements on the offensive side of the ball. [...]
Explosiveness of Ohio State’s Carlos Hyde, Braxton Miller Too Difficult for Illinois to Contain
The offense of the Ohio State Buckeyes is not one to ignore. I’m sure the Illinois Fighting Illini was aware of this going into their game on Saturday afternoon in Champaign. The Illini still weren’t able to slow the Buckeyes down. [...]
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Can the Illinois Fighting Illini Finally Break Their Streak?
For a game in which the defensive players on both teams are expected to be more spectators than contributors, the victory may very well go to the team that can muster up some kind of effort that has been sadly [...]
Illinois Fighting Illini Present Wisconsin Badgers With Unique Test
The Wisconsin Badgers are fresh off a thrashing of a ranked Northwestern Wildcats team and will be traveling to Champaign this weekend to take on the always-solid Illinois Fighting Illini. The Illini lost by 20 points to Nebraska in their last game, but they contended with the Washington [...]
Can Illinois QB Nathan Scheelhaase Shine with Taylor Martinez Sidelined?
This week’s game should have been a true gunslingers matchup. This competition should have featured Taylor Martinez, the proven senior for Nebraska, taking on the exciting Nathan Scheelhause of Illinois. Unfortunately, Martinez is out with turf toe for the second straight [...]
Josh Ferguson Helps Illinois Find Balance Against Miami (Ohio)
The Illinois took my advice and fed Josh Ferguson the football. The result was a 50-14 win over Miami (OH) in which Illinois gained some confidence and momentum headed into Big Ten conference play. Ferguson finished the day with 13 touches [...]
Illinois Defense Lacks Fight
It was technically a neutral site game, but the distance from the University of Illinois in Champaign to Soldier Field in Chicago, IL is 1,883 miles shorter than the distance from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA to Soldier [...]
Illinois Fighting Illini Football: Will QB Nathan Scheelhaase Finally Reach Full Potential in 2013?
When Nathan Scheelhaase signed with the Illinois Fighting Illini in 2009 there was a lot of excitement surrounding the young quarterback. He was a four-star recruit and was a dual-threat with his ability to both run and throw the football. [...]
Jonathan Brown Must Stay Healthy for Illinois Fighting Illini Defense
The Illinois Fighting Illini defense was downright awful in 2012. Tim Beckman couldn’t seem to find answers as Illinois surrendered more than 32 points per game and ranked No. 95 in scoring defense. Part of the reason, though far from [...]