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Illinois football looking to correct road troubles against Iowa

Illinois football looking to correct road troubles against Iowa

By Michal Dwojak, Staff writer

October 7, 2015

Running down the visiting team tunnel onto an opponent’s field can be a daunting task for college football players. Players run from a narrow tunnel into a sea of the home team’s colors. Thousands if not hundreds of thousands of fans scream in unison at the visitors, often filled with boos, som...

A win in Iowa puts Cubit in the driver's seat

A win in Iowa puts Cubit in the driver's seat

By Peter Bailey-Wells

October 7, 2015

Illinois football’s win over Nebraska was a long time coming.Illini nation endured a lot under Tim Beckman, the least of which was Big Ten mediocrity. But the Illini are undefeated in Big Ten play since Bill Cubit took over as head coach.He’s coached one Big Ten game and won one Big Ten game. If he win...

Matchups to watch in Illinois-Iowa game

By Masaki Sugimoto

October 7, 2015

WR Geronimo Allison vs. CB Desmond KingGeronimo Allison has proven that he is a stud wide receiver and a legitimate threat after his performance against Nebraska. Allison leads the Big Ten with 32 catches and 452 receiving yards and is on the Biletnikoff award watch list. But Iowa cornerback Desmond King...

Illinois' Allison emerging as a Big Ten playmaker

Illinois' Allison emerging as a Big Ten playmaker

By Charlotte Carroll

October 6, 2015

Editor’s note: The Daily Illini sports desk sits down each week and decides which Illinois athlete or coach is our Illini of the week. Athletes and coaches are evaluated by individual performance and contribution to team success.Wide receiver Geronimo Allison thought he had the game-winning touchdown the firs...

Grading Illinois football after its win over Nebraska

Grading Illinois football after its win over Nebraska

By The Daily Illini Football Staff

October 4, 2015

Editor's note: Starting this week, The Daily Illini football staff will be giving out grades following the Illinois football game each week. The staff will be grading offense, defense, special teams and coaching. Offense:C The Illinois offense was average Saturday, until the fourt...

Illinois and UCLA football traveled different paths after meeting in 2011 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl

Illinois and UCLA football traveled different paths after meeting in 2011 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl

By Michal Dwojak, Staff writer

September 24, 2015

There was a sense of relief when Nathan Scheelhaase took a knee during the final seconds of the 2011 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl on New Year’s Eve. Defensive lineman Craig Wilson grabbed a container of orange Gatorade and attempted to pour it over interim coach Vic Koenning — he was half successful. The...

The Big Ten’s nightmarish Rutgers problem

The Big Ten’s nightmarish Rutgers problem

By Dan Escalona

September 22, 2015

Just as the Big Ten season is getting interesting, the conference is once again bogged down in the mire of another looming scandal.The most recent culprit of conference controversy is Rutgers. With arrests and dismissals piling up, and the recent suspension of head coach Kyle Flood, the program has suddenly f...

Illinois football’s offense blows too many opportunities

Illinois football’s offense blows too many opportunities

By Michal Dwojak, Staff writer

September 21, 2015

Illinois football’s first drive against North Carolina on Saturday couldn’t have been drawn up any better. The offense traveled 73 yards over 11 plays in 4:07. Quarterback Wes Lunt looked efficient with his throws and running back Josh Ferguson ran productive routes in what would be a 133-yard rushing ...

Illinois football adjusts as college football landscape changes

Illinois football adjusts as college football landscape changes

By Michal Dwojak, Staff writer

September 16, 2015

The addition of the College Football Playoff passed with flying colors after its first year. A majority of players, coaches, fans and experts have agreed that the system finally crowns a true champion and many already want to expand the Playoff to more teams. But the format has caused university athletic ...

Big Ten Power Rankings: Week 2

September 14, 2015

Editor’s note: Every week, The Daily Illini football staff ranks the football teams in the Big Ten 1-14 and compiles the lists into its own Big Ten power rankings. 1. Ohio State (Last week: 1) — The defending national champions dominated once again in a 38-0 win over Hawaii. The Buckeyes...

Tim Beckman considering lawsuit against University of Illinois

Tim Beckman considering lawsuit against University of Illinois

By Michal Dwojak, Staff writer

September 1, 2015

Tim Beckman might not be done with the University of Illinois. The former head football coach might be the latest person to file a lawsuit against the University and the athletic department. After Athletic Director Mike Thomas fired him on Friday, Beckman released a statement to The Associ...

Bill Cubit ready to change atmosphere of Illinois football

Bill Cubit ready to change atmosphere of Illinois football

By Michal Dwojak, Staff writer

August 31, 2015

Bill Cubit made sure he set the tone in his first Monday press conference. The new Illinois head football coach wore an orange dress shirt and a dark blazer with an Illinois shield pin on his left side. Cubit made many in the room laugh with witty remarks — something his predecessor was much c...

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