Today, we continue our preseason opponent preview series in which we’re going in order of easiest to toughest opponent on the schedule. Last week, we previewed the easiest opponent, UMass, and the second easiest, Minnesota. This time, we take a look at the third easiest opponent Michigan will face in 2012, the Illinois Fighting Illini.
New Illini headman Tim Beckman will...
GridironGrit.com’s Michael Gartman (Founder, CEO, NFL and College Football Senior Writer) and Oren Shiri (Marketing Coordinator, NFL and College Football Analyst) are previewing 16 of the best bowl games in the 2011 College Football Bowl Season. This is their fourth edition in the series.
The 2011 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl features a pair of six-win teams in the Illinois...
Kraft Hunger Bowl—December 31, 2011 @ 2:30 p.m.—San Francisco, California
Illinois Fighting Illini (6-6) vs. UCLA Bruins (6-7)
Line: Illinois -2.5 O/U 47.0
Both head coaches are lame ducks but UCLA showed some heart in the Pac-12 title game against Oregon. Expect UCLA to play hard and find a running game behind the efforts of Franklin and Coleman. ...