Posted December 29, 2011 on
The Fighting Illini football team utilized the skills of two quality defensive ends to become one of the best defenses in the country. Whitney Mercilus became a consensus All-American, and Michael Buchanan has similar potential for next season. Buchanan feels the Illini are ready for a supreme effort against UCLA.
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The Fighting Illini football team saw a couple defenders come out of nowhere and earn post season recognition. Junior defensive end Whitney Mercilus became a consensus All-American, and sophomore linebacker Jonathan Brown earned All-Big 10 mention. Brown was a backup as a true freshman last year, but his play this fall gives great hope for the future.
True leaders are hard to find. So when you have one or more on a football team, you cherish them. Besides playing their absolute best, they encourage their teammates to do likewise. They see the big picture and continue to fight for the future of the program even when they are graduating. Among the best for the Fighting Illini is senior cornerback Tavon Wilson.
Illinois Illini (6-6) vs. UCLA Bruins (6-7)
On December 31, the Illinois Fighting Illini will play the UCLA Bruins in the Kraft Fight Hunger Sadness Bowl. They will meet in San Francisco in AT&T Park (Giant’s Stadium).
Illinois… what to say about Illinois. For the first time in NCAA history a team won their first 6 games and lost their last 6 games to finish with a .500...
The Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl is upon us. Known by some as the Interim Bowl due to the fact both Illinois and UCLA will be playing for substitute head coaches, the victor will be the team overcoming the most obstacles to success. As the Illini prepare a unique game plan for the Bruins, UCLA is alterning its tendencies as well. The outcome is impossible to predict.
Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl
UCLA Bruins vs. Illinois Fighting Illini
Dec. 31, 3:30 pm EST
AT&T Park (San Francisco)
Line: Illinois -3
Listen, Kraft, if you really want to make a dent in fighting hunger, I suggest giving us something better than this schlock.
This game is notable for the fact that it pits two sad-sack squads that have already seen their coaches fired. The...
Dec 31, 4:00 PM | Mackey Arena
Illinois Fighting Illini vs Purdue Boilermakers Odds
College hoops betting interest focuses on the Purdue vs Illinois battle Saturday at Mackey Arena as the Boilermakers look to defend home court and cover the NCAAB point spread.
This season, the Boilermakers are 11-3 overall and 7-5 ATS ATS, while the Fighting Illini...