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Illinois pass last season’s win total with 50-14 rout against Miami (OH)

The Fighting Illini looked to make a statement against the 0-3 Miami (OH) RedHawks after losing to Washington at Soldier Field two weeks ago. Igniting for 50 points—Illinois did just that. After a slow first quarter, Illinois exploded for 29 second quarter points to take a 36-0 half time lead. The 36 first half points was the most for the Illini since 1983. The RedHawks would find some rhythm late, but Illi ...

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Illinois better hope the deep ball remains a trend

The lights of Soldier Field proved too bright for the Fighting Illini, but also served as another reminder of how far this team come. Just 10 months ago, this same team stared at a 50-14 scoreboard at Northwestern, watching their season burn into ashes. Following the 34-24 loss to the No. 19 Washington Huskies on September 14th, Illinois is coming off of a much needed bye week. A 2-1 record might not seem l ...

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Illinois welcomes a dangerous Washington team to Soldier Field

This weekend Soldier Field will showcase an up and coming, overachieving team with a new offensive attack— I’m not talking about Marc Trestman’s Chicago Bears, but the 2-0 Fighting Illini. Under new offensive coordinator Bill Cubit, the Illinois offense went off for 45 points against Cincinnati last week. The Washington Huskies will look to spoil the Illinois homecoming with their own offensive explosion. T ...

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A Fine Evening in Evanston. Northwestern 48 Syracuse 27

Injuries in last week's game left questions for Northwestern looking ahead. Cornerback Daniel Jones was lost for the season, then Star players QB Kain Colter and RB Venric Mark were listed as day-to-day. Kain Colter (Concussion) was questionable but still made the start. Venric Mark (lower body) did not play, perhaps being saved for conference play in a couple weeks when Ohio State comes to town. Until then ...

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With a step up in competition against Cincinnati, the Illinois defense will need to improve

With the 42-34 victory against Southern Illinois, the Fighting Illini are only one win away from matching their win total from 2012. Not impressed?—you shouldn’t be. Illinois players and coaches have stressed since the game that a win is a win, no matter how ugly. The Illini have started the season 2-0 only two times in the past eight years—so no win should be taken lightly. Still, Illinois will need to uti ...

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The Fighting Illini hold onto a 42-34 win against Southern Illinois and snap a nine-game losing streak

The Illini probably wished their season opener against Southern Illinois would’ve ended at half time. After leading 25-7 at the half, the Illini fought off a feisty Saluki comeback to hold onto the 42-34 victory. After trailing 7-3 after the first quarter, under new offensive coordinator Bill Cubit, the Illinois offense came alive in the second. In the Illini’s second drive of the quarter senior quarterback ...

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Illinois has a chance to show improvement against Southern Illinois

November 24th. That was the last time the Fighting Illini took the field in a 50-14 blowout at in-state rival Northwestern. The loss in Evanston served as an almost redundant reminder of a failed season and sealed up a winless Big Ten slate for Illinois. In reality the Illini’s season was lost far before that Northwestern game. On August 31st, over nine months since their disastrous season came to an end, I ...

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Q and A with Ohio State Coach Urban Meyer and Quarterback Braxton Miller

In my first Q and A, I spoke with the eccentric Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner. Another name that you’re sure to hear more than a few times this college football season is Braxton Miller. The Ohio State quarterback is entering his junior season and he’s already accomplished more in his first two seasons then most college quarterbacks achieve in their careers. I already conveyed my love fest (maybe prema ...

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Q and A with Michigan Quarterback Devin Gardner

EDIT: My second Q and A with Ohio State coach Urban Meyer and quarterback Braxton Miller. Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner had an unusual 2012 season to say the least. After starting his first 8 games of the season at wide receiver, Gardner filled in at quarterback for an injured Denard Robinson on November 3rd against Minnesota. He led the Wolverines to a 35-13 victory on the road, which impressed coach ...

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After hitting rock bottom, the only direction for Illinois is up

Success is defined by Merriam-Webster dictionary as “a favorable or desired outcome.” No matter how you define success, going 2-10 and failing to secure a Big ten win for the first time since 2005 is anything but successful for the Fighting Illini football team. Nobody understands that more than second year Illini coach Tim Beckman. After leaving Toledo and inheriting an Illinois team that owned back to bac ...

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