Northwestern, Illini football 2014 season prospectus

Lots of rapid fire and hot seat type of stuff as we enter week one for both the Illinois Fighting Illini and the Northwestern Wildcats. You have questions, I have answers. You can catch me talking Illini and NU every Tuesday morning at 10:40 AM CST. Here’s my segment from this morning on KOZN 1620 The Zone, NBC Sports Radio Omaha.  The questions today: better player Venric Mark...
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August 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Your 2014 Illini football season preview with Taylor Rooks

It’s officially Illinois Fighting Illini football season, as Illini Media Day was yesterday. And with that, the Illini head to Camp Rantoul. Here to discuss it with me is Fox Sports/Scout’s Taylor Rooks. You’ve also seen her on the Big Ten Network. Lots to talk about this year, the quarterback competition, the issues on defense, how Aaron Bailey will fit into the system, Josh...
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August 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Badger Opposition Research: 2014 Illinois edition

Yesterday we began looking ahead to Wisconsin football’s opponents for the 2014 season. We began the opposition research with a look at the opener against LSU, but today we get to the Big Ten portion of the schedule with a look at the Fighting Illini of Illinois. Last season Wisconsin went down to Champaign and put a whooping on the Illini before letting off the gas in the second...
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April 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Illinois Fighting Illini season preview: Beckman's last chance

Head coach Tim Beckman and the Illinois Fighting Illini doubled their win total in 2013 from the previous season. The problem is that the Illini still only tallied four wins on the year and victorious in just one conference game. Beckman surely feels the pressure to lead Illinois to a bowl berth in 2014. "It's about moving forward. Nothing to brag about, but we've doubled...
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February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Penn State Lions Ready To Roar And Restore Some Pride

For Penn State (4-3 1-2) week 10 can’t come around quick enough.  The heaviest defeat in 114 years came in week nine at the hands of No.4 Ohio State, 14-63. The fact that the Buckeyes are one of the top college football teams will be of no comfort to Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien, his players or the loyal supporters.Illinois - Fighting Illini (3-4 0-3) are the next visitors...
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October 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Nebraska Cornhuskers vs Fighting Illini: brutally honest preview

When I first saw that Vegas likes the Nebraska Cornhuskers to win by a touchdown and a field goal over Illinois I was surprised. The line seems high given that these two teams had a very similar preconference. Both the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Illinois Fighting Illini are 3-1, having beaten up on nobodies and gotten thoroughly out-played in their one loss to a ranked and formidable...
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October 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Illini football: Illinois survives a scare from Southern Illinois

Illini quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase threw for a career-high 416 yards, and Illinois needed every bit of them against upset-minded Southern Illinois. Illinois hung on for a 42-34 victory, after Southern Illinois’ Kory Faulkner misfired on a pass into the end zone from the 3-yard line with less than 45 seconds to play. The win is the 16th straight home-opening victory. “Although...
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September 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Illini tailback recruit leaves to play in LA Angels system

Illinois Fighting Illini signee Michael Hermosillo has picked to professional baseball career over college football after being selected by the LA Angels on Saturday in the MLB Draft. Hermosillo signed a letter of intent to play Fighting Illini football in February and was going to enroll in Champaign this summer, but he changed his mind after the Angels selected him in the 28th...
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June 10, 2013  |  Discuss
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