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Illinois to play Nebraska in Dublin for 2021 Big-Ten season opener

Illinois to play Nebraska in Dublin for 2021 Big-Ten season opener

By DI Sports Desk

October 14, 2019

Illinois will travel to Dublin, Ireland to kick off the 2021 season, the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced Monday. Illinois, Nebraska and Irish American Events Limited will bring Big Ten football to Ireland as part of the Aer Lingus College Football Series at Aviva Stadium in Dublin for...

Illini must become cohesive unit to succeed

Illini must become cohesive unit to succeed

By Tatiania Perry, Staff Writer

October 14, 2019

I am not going to say this was unexpected; we knew the outcome of this game before it even started. Everyone predicted it; Michigan is a good team. Brandon Peters was our best bet against a team like Michigan, and he was out for the game on concussion protocol. Matt Robinson and Isaiah Williams...

Illinois vs. Michigan game notes

Illinois vs. Michigan game notes

By Jared Farmer, Staff Writer

October 14, 2019

“Everyone could use a little bit of Illinois here and there.” That’s what Rob Stone casually said of the Illini after they were down 28-7 against the Wolverines at halftime. Following their fourth straight loss of the season, the Illini went through a rollercoaster of a game, swaying between epic ...

Illini close in on Wolverines, fall 42-25

Illini close in on Wolverines, fall 42-25

By Miles Powers-Huang, Staff Writer

October 14, 2019

Ahead of Saturday’s matchup against No. 16 Michigan, Illinois fans were fearing a scoreline similar to senior day 2018 against Iowa, especially when Illinois announced it would be donning the same uniforms it wore that day. While it looked as though things were headed the same direction early on, t...

Peters to face former Michigan teammates

Peters to face former Michigan teammates

By Jared Farmer, Staff Writer

October 10, 2019

The weekend’s upcoming game against Michigan was one Brandon Peters had marked on his calendar. But after being sidelined at Minnesota with an injury, the transfer quarterback’s status to play against his old school remains uncertain. “He knew we were playing Michigan when we came here. Nothin...

Illinois preps for Michigan amid defensive woes

Illinois preps for Michigan amid defensive woes

By Miles Powers-Huang, Staff Writer

October 10, 2019

After a brutal 40-17 loss at Minnesota last Saturday, Illinois receives no let-up as No. 16 Michigan comes to Champaign for the first time in eight years. The biggest issue plaguing the Illini at the moment is tackling, as opposing teams are making a living earning yards after contact against Illinois’ d...

Illinois continues to preach greatness, still isn’t doing enough

Illinois continues to preach greatness, still isn’t doing enough

By Tatiania Perry, Staff Writer

October 7, 2019

Each week it’s the same old story: Illinois starts off the game strong, something spectacular happens, then they eventually start to choke, and in the end, they lose. I am sick and tired of watching it happen, and I am sure everyone is sick and tired of reading the same thing. The only thing that ever c...

Illini fall to Gophers, remain winless in Big Ten

Illini fall to Gophers, remain winless in Big Ten

By Jared Farmer, Staff Writer

October 7, 2019

The Illini defense frustrated Gopher quarterback Tanner Morgan early in the first quarter. After only having one incomplete pass against Purdue last week, the redshirt sophomore had five incompletions midway through the first quarter alone. The pressure culminated into a pass being intercepted by seni...

Illinois vs. Minnesota game notes

Illinois vs. Minnesota game notes

By Miles Powers-Huang, Staff Writer

October 7, 2019

There was plenty of time to prepare for Minnesota following Illinois’ bye week. Illini fans may have expected the program to dish out a few tricks against the Golden Gophers, but it looked as if the Illini thought it was still on a bye week since nothing seemed to go right in a 40-17 loss on Satur...

Illinois prepares for gopher wrath

Illinois prepares for gopher wrath

By Jared Farmer, Staff Writer

October 3, 2019

After a bye week away from action, Illinois will head to Minnesota this Saturday for a matchup against the Golden Gophers. “The things we’ve tried to get accomplished during the bye week, evaluate what we’ve done, personnel schemes, heal up as much as anything,” said head coach Lovie Smith. ...

Peters exemplifies potential

Peters exemplifies potential

By Miles Powers-Huang, Staff Writer

October 3, 2019

Although the goal this offseason for the Illini was to improve from 2018 and compete for a bowl bid, the roster lacks players with actual experience being part of a winning team. One of the transfers who does have experience is junior quarterback Brandon Peters, and through four games as an Illini thus f...

Defensive failures continue to plague Illini entering week six

Defensive failures continue to plague Illini entering week six

By Jared Farmer, Staff Writer

September 30, 2019

“Defense wins championships” is how the old saying goes. But when the defense comes up short, there often is a need for revision. Illinois Football head coach Lovie Smith said since the end of training camp, improving the defense was a top priority. “A lot of us, including me, need to do a better job,” Smi...

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