Special Teams Leads Hawkeye Victory

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After Senior Day pageantries, Iowa came out slow on both sides of the ball. Illinois took a quick 10-0 lead in the first quarter before Iowa could even muster up 10 yards of offense. The Illini scored on their first two possessions for the first time all season. However, momentum swung on Illinois’ second kickoff […] READ MORE


Illinois Visits Iowa On Senior Day

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It’s Senior Day in Iowa City this Saturday and the Illinois Fighting Illini travel to visit the Hawkeyes for the final home game of the season. Iowa has won seven straight against the Illini, including their comeback win last season in Champaign. The Hawkeyes scored 35 unanswered points to secure the victory a year ago. […] READ MORE


Ohio State vs. Illinois Preview

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Ohio State and Illinois will continue their battle for the Illibuck trophy this Saturday. The Buckeyes have won the last nine, the last five of which by 25 points or more. The last time Illinois won was 2007, which didn’t stop Ohio State from appearing in the BCS National Championship Game for the second year […] READ MORE


Cal Wins the Redbox Bowl, 35-20

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An impressive offensive performance from the California Golden Bears (8-5) led them to a 35-20 win over the Illinois Fighting Illini (6-7) in the Redbox bowl. It was the Golden Bears first bowl win since 2015. Although Illinois took a quick 10-7 lead in the first quarter, they went cold and were outscored 28-10 the […] READ MORE


Redbox Bowl Preview

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The 18th installment of the Redbox Bowl will feature the California Golden Bears (7-5, Pac-12) and the Illinois Fighting Illini (6-6, Big Ten). The game will be played at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, and it will kick off December 30th, at 4 p.m. EST. It will be televised on FOX. Here is a […] READ MORE


Week Eight Midweek Musings

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Welcome to the parade of random thoughts that are my Week Eight Midweek Musings. Louisville-Clemson This game eventually turned into the blowout everyone expected, but the first quarter was sloppy. Louisville’s first three drives ended with an interception and two lost fumbles. Clemson started with a field goal, but their next two drives ended in […] READ MORE


The Golden Gophers’ 2019 Schedule

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The Golden Gophers’ 2019 Schedule: Part One The Golden Gophers’ 2019 schedule looks to be quite favorable, both in- and out-of-conference. Their Big Ten East opponents don’t include Michigan, Michigan State, or Ohio State. In addition, two of their five road games will be at Fresno State and Rutgers. Here is part one of a […] READ MORE


How Minnesota Can Beat Illinois and Get To Five Wins

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Lovie Smith has not turned the Illini around just yet. In year three under the former Chicago Bears’ head coach, Illinois is 3-5 and has beaten one Power Five team, that being Rutgers. Last week was a low point, as Maryland beat the Illini 63-33 and racked up 712 yards of total offense. Incidentally, Illini […] READ MORE


Expectations for the Gophers: Part Two

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A third of the way through the season, and after injuries to arguably their best players on both offense and defense, what are realistic expectations for the Gophers down the stretch? Let’s take a look at the last third of their schedule. You can find part one of this series, with a look at games […] READ MORE


Can Minnesota Get Back on Track Versus Illinois?

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It’s been a rough stretch for the Gophers. A promising start to the season led to what’s now a three-game losing streak. To add insult to injury, most people had predicted a 5-0 or 6-0 start for the team. In fairness, both Maryland and Purdue are much better teams than most people expected. Regardless, this […] READ MORE