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Breaking: Illinois’ Saturday game canceled amid Ohio State COVID-19 cases

Illinois head coach Lovie Smith gives instructions during practice on Oct. 12. The Illini's game against Ohio State on Saturday has been canceled due to positive COVID-19 tests within Ohio State's program.
November 27, 2020

Illinois' football game against No. 4 Ohio State Saturday morning has been canceled due to multiple recent COVID-19 cases within the Ohio State football program. “We are certainly disappointed that...

Illinois to host Ohio State seeking third straight win

Illinois head coach Lovie Smith looks up at the scoreboard during the game against Iowa at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018.
November 26, 2020

After back-to-back wins, the Illini are set to host the Ohio State Buckeyes Saturday morning at Memorial Stadium. Illinois and Ohio State last faced off in 2017, a game in which the Buckeyes dominated...

Illini needs running game to slow down Buckeyes

Running back Chase Brown advances the ball during the game against Nebraska on Saturday.
November 25, 2020

Lovie Smith and his Illini prepare to host Justin Fields and The Ohio State Buckeyes. Labeled a 28.5-point home underdog, the Illini have one shot at upsetting the Big Ten favorite: don’t let Justin...

Illini able to recover from early complications to achieve recent success

Senior kicker James Mccourt kicks a field goal during the game against Nebraska on Saturday.
November 23, 2020

Illinois started the football season with an 0-3 record, straight off a blowout home loss and on pace to finish at the bottom of the Big Ten. The coronavirus had hit the team, and both sides of the ball...

Big Ten Week 5 recap: Northwestern, Ohio State on collision course for conference crown

Northwestern linebacker Blake Gallagher sacks Wisconsin quarterback Graham Mertz in the fourth quarter on Saturday at Ryan Field in Evanston, Illinois. Northwestern won the game 17-7.
November 23, 2020

While Illinois turned around a lost season, defeating a struggling Scott Frost program, the Big Ten had its biggest week of the season. A program made a name for itself, a coach saved his reputation —...

Peters shines, unleashes Illini offense

Quarterback Brandon Peters runs with the ball during the game against Nebraska on Saturday. The Illini won 41-23.
November 22, 2020

Isaiah Williams sparked excitement in a stagnant program, running for a school-record 192 yards in a comeback victory over Rutgers. While Brandon Peters was set to return this week after COVID, Williams'...

Notes, player grades: Illinois finds identity at Nebraska

Running back Mike Epstein runs the ball during the game against Nebraska on Saturday. The Illini won 41-23.
November 22, 2020

After dropping its third straight game to open the season against Minnesota, it was a fair question to ask if Illinois football would win a single game this season. Now, they have won two games in a row...

Illini dominate Cornhuskers 41-23 in second-straight victory

Illinois quarterback Brandon Peters hands it off to running back Chase Brown in the game at Nebraska Saturday. The Illini won 41-23.
November 21, 2020

Illinois came into Nebraska and dominated all game, defeating the Cornhuskers 41-23. The win marks the Illini’s first win in Lincoln since 1924.  The Illini looked like a brand new team on Saturday,...

Illini look for second straight win Saturday at Nebraska

Quarterback Brandon Peters scans the field during the game against Nebraska on Sept. 21, 2019.
November 19, 2020

Two one-win teams will battle it out Saturday, as the Illini travel to Lincoln, Nebraska, to face the Nebraska Cornhuskers at 11 a.m.  Illinois and Nebraska last played in 2019 under the lights at Memorial...

Illini look to contain Cornhusker offense

Illinois head coach Lovie Smith walks off the field after a disappointing 42-38 loss to Nebrasaka on Sept. 21, 2019. The Illini will look to beat the Cornhuskers this Saturday for the first time since 2015.
November 18, 2020

The last time Illinois knocked off Nebraska, Barack Obama was still president, Clemson hadn’t won its first title under Dabo Swinney yet, and Lovie Smith was coaching Jameis Winston down in Tampa. 2015...

Chase Brown looks to build on career-best performance

Running back Chase Brown barrels through defenders during the game against Minnesota on Nov. 7. The Illini lost the game 41-14.
November 16, 2020

Coming into the 2020 season, it was unclear exactly how the running back room would look for Illinois, with multiple names expected to see the field. Senior Mike Epstein is the veteran name in the group,...

“Lovieball” provides Illini first victory

Senior linebacker Jake Hansen stands ready on the line of scrimmage during the game against Rutgers on Saturday. Hansen forced a turnover and intercepted the ball to help the Illini get their first win.
November 16, 2020

He missed. Wide right. For the second time in four minutes, senior kicker James McCourt failed to convert a field goal attempt, setting up Rutgers to steal Illinois’ first victory away from them. Once...

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