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Those Were The Days – Nebraska

Man, it's been an insane week. And to finish it off I almost forgot to post the TWTD. But better late than never, here's Detlef to take us all the way back to... last October. … [Read More...]


Craig Has The Scout – Nebraska 2016

Ghosts of the Football Game Past Illinois was given a good old fashioned but kicking.  Western Michigan decided they were going to run “read option” on the … [Read More...]


Fill the Void

As the game against Western Michigan got away from Illinois football on Sept. 17, I did something I’ve felt the need to do far too often during Illini football games … [Read More...]

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On Paper

I’m a big paper guy. I’m probably never going to change. If a team looks good on paper, they should be good on the court/field. Paper is big for college football but probably even bigger in college basketball. Land solid recruits, win games. And before this … [Read More...]

2018 Depth Chart

I've done this in several bye weeks in years past - since we have a break from football, let's talk about next season.  Given the timing of this one - a loss to move to 1-2 and a large portion of the fanbase giving up on the season - that's how this is going … [Read More...]


I'm taking my sweet time with Check The Tape this week. Bye week, plus I have to hide my eyes every 15 minutes.  As I'm reviewing the non-conference and looking forward to Big Ten games, a conundrum emerges: how do you jump-start a rebuild with so … [Read More...]

Back & Forth – Western Michigan

I wish this wasn't so familiar. I wish these emails weren't easier than the emails after the first game. But being Illini football fans, Steve and I know how to discuss this team when the mood is "well, it looks like there's a long road ahead." … [Read More...]

Not Like This

I expected a loss today. Wrote about it last night. A Year Four MAC team that has recruited well vs. a Year One Big Ten team changing both schemes, on paper that's a push. Add in the way we played last week and I saw a loss. Just felt like they would … [Read More...]

Postgame Interviews – WMU

Only two interviews here - I always feel like I'm bothering the players when talking to them after a loss - but I wanted to talk to Pat Nelson about his first real game action and Joe Spencer about the feeling in his gut as a senior after a game like this. … [Read More...]

From The Stands – Western Michigan

Hard to stomach. Yet so familiar, right? It's such a strange experience being an Illini football fan.  It's hard - ulcer hard - on the stomach to watch something like that unfold and just accept it. Yet it's so familiar.  Sadly, it feels normal.  There's this … [Read More...]

SOC – Western Michigan

Just imagine if this game was still scheduled for Kalamazoo. When Ron Guenther scheduled this game, (well, associate AD Chris Hanna scheduled it because WMU is his alma mater), they scheduled it for a road game AT Western Michigan. Us playing a team that might … [Read More...]

Those Were The Days – Western Michigan

I was curious about this one - would Detlef take us back to the game he refers to as Guenther's Folly (the game in Detroit in 2008), or would he choose another game? He chose a different game: the 2004 matchup with WIU. Here's Detlef to take us back.... … [Read More...]

Out of the Spotlight

In the twilight of his fifth recruiting cycle at Illinois, John Groce convinced yet another elite high school talent to spend one of his five NCAA-allotted official visits on the Illini campus. Kris Wilkes out of Indianapolis is a superb talent in the 2017 … [Read More...]

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