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Illini Leading Rusher Ruled Academically Ineligible for Bowl Game

Illini Leading Rusher Ruled Academically Ineligible for Bowl Game
Illinois football announced today that senior running back Jason Ford and redshirt freshman wide receiver Jake Kumerow are academically ineligible under NCAA rules and will not participate in the 2011 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl versus UCLA on New Year’s Eve in San Francisco. Ford is the Illini leading rusher this year with 600 yards on... Read more »

A.J. Jenkins: Illini MVP, Big 10 Best WR

A.J. Jenkins: Illini MVP, Big 10 Best WR
Earlier this college football season, University of Illinois senior wide receiver A.J. Jenkins made some comments that proclaimed himself the best wide receiver in the Big Ten. He has since backed off from those remarks, and now maintains a more standard, PR-friendly, humble and some could say vanilla manner in his on-the-record comments to the... Read more »

Illini Nip Cats on Final Play: Now Chicago's True Big Ten Team?

Illini Nip Cats on Final Play: Now Chicago's True Big Ten Team?
It was a week where one school’s marketing slogan became a motivational rallying cry for the other school in the state. Northwestern has been promoting themselves as “Chicago’s Big Ten Team” for a season and half, and today Illinois made stated pretty loudly how they felt about it. Quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase scored a 1-yard touchdown... Read more »
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#22 Illinois vs. Northwestern: Brutally Honest Game Preview

#22 Illinois vs. Northwestern: Brutally Honest Game Preview
Big Ten conference play begins with the annual in-state rivalry game between the Northwestern Wildcats and Illinois Fighting Illini. It does feel a little weird not having this game played on the last week of the season, when all the other intrastate, intra-region bloodfeud games are held.  But last year it was such a special... Read more »

Why Notre Dame Won't Win as Many Games as Illinois This Fall

Why Notre Dame Won't Win as Many Games as Illinois This Fall
You’re like, “ok Captain Obvious.” Not so fast my friend, I was saying this in August too. I thought my local media friends would find that assertion crazy given all the BCS preseason hype Notre Dame was getting, and the fact that Illinois was getting zero votes in either poll. But the truth is Notre... Read more »

Illini 4-0, 1st Time in more than a Half-Century, 1st Undefeated Preconference since '01

Illini 4-0, 1st Time in more than a Half-Century, 1st Undefeated Preconference since '01
Sandwiched in between last weekend’s emotional prime time upset of nationally ranked Arizona State and next week’s Big Ten opener versus hated in-state rival Northwestern, today’s contest against MAC opponent Western Michigan certainly had a “trap game” feel. And given the Illini performance in the first half, it certainly looked that way for awhile (think... Read more »
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Illini Beat Nationally Ranked Arizona State; Evoking '01 Champaign Campaign

Illini Beat Nationally Ranked Arizona State; Evoking '01 Champaign Campaign
With Illinois defeating the #18 Arizona State Sun Devils 17-14 tonight; and getting off to their first 3-0 start since 2001, it’s starting to feel quite a bit like that year. It was Illinois’ most recent Big Ten title season, but that’s not why it feels that way. The Fighting Illini have a long way... Read more »

Illini vs. #18/22 Arizona State: Brutally Honest Game Preview

Illini vs. #18/22 Arizona State: Brutally Honest Game Preview
I understand why Illinois isn’t nationally ranked, but not even a single vote? Seriously, I know that was a FCS team the Illini dismantled, but not a vote in either poll? They lead the nation in third-down efficiency, converting 21-of-29 (.724) third downs during the first two weeks- That’s a very important stat! They can... Read more »

Illinois Fighting Ilini Season Preview: Offense

Last year the Illinois Fighting Illini got a bowl win for the first time since 1999, a 38-14 drubbing of Baylor in Houston that kind of resembled their last bowl win, a 63-21 destruction of Virginia. The offense got very hot down the stretch last season, so hot that the unit set new records for... Read more »
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Jason Ford Needs to be Illini Football BMOC

When Rashard Mendenhall left the Illinois Fighting Illini with a year of eligibility left in 2007, for the NFL Draft, Illinois suffered the next year. Aside from that whole “planes cannot take down a building” tweets of idiocy and the sponsorship pullout that followed, things have gone pretty well for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Mendenhall.... Read more »
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