Illinois Fighting Illini

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Illinois Fighting Illini
IU logo.png
First season 2014
Head coach FlutieFlakes
4th year, 25–24 (.510)
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Year built 1923
Stadium capacity 61,670
Stadium surface Field Turf
Location Champaign, IL
League NCAA
Conference B1G
Division West
All-time record 39–47–0 (.453)
Postseason bowl record 2–0–0 (1.000)
Playoff appearances 0
Claimed national titles 0
National Finalist 0
Conference titles 0
Division titles 1
Heisman winners 0
Consensus All-Americans 0
Colors

Blue and Orange

          
Fight song Illinois Loyalty
Oskee Wow Wow
Mascot Chief Illiniwek

The Illinois Fighting Illini are a college football program, representing the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. The program began play in the 2014 college football season and is a continuous member of the Big Ten Conference since the 2014 college football season. The Fighting Illini play their home games at Memorial Stadium.

History

stiva era (2014)

The Illinois Fighting Illini started competing in the 2014 season. The lack of talent on the roster made it difficult to compete in the strong Big Ten Conference. Even though the season started well for the Illini (wins vs Army and Cincinnati), head coach stiva left the team after he could record only 2 victories in the first 7 games of the season.

smokingcricket era (2014-2016)

The opening at the HC position was quickly filled, as smokingcricket was named the 2nd Head Coach of the program. However, this didn't stop the team from losing games, as Illinois limped to a 3-9 record in 2014. Expectations weren't high for 2015, but Illinois produced one of the greatest Cinderella stories of CFBHC history when they went 9-4 in the next season. The team - mostly carried by the stellar play of RB Ezekiel Adams - won the Bourbon Bowl vs West Virginia, and earned a spot in the final Coaches' poll (#24). The strength of the Illini roster was still way behind the other B1G programs in 2016, and this time games played out more realistically. Illinois only won 2 games, and at the and of the season coach smokingcricket decided to step away from coaching in the college ranks in order to be able to concentrate more on his NFL career.

FlutieFlakes era (2017-present)

After the exit of smokingcricket the Athletic Department promoted former coordinator FlutieFlakes to be the next head coach of the program. However, the continued to struggle both in conference and OOC games. The Illini only won 2 games in 2017, and the only conference win came against rival Northwestern. Illinois continued to struggle in the star-studded B1G West, but they managed to upset a ranked Iowa team at home. They also managed to grind out wins against Notre Dame and Colorado State. However, the had no shots at other victories throughout the season, as the Illini went 3-9 in 2018. Thanks to a few good recruiting classes, the 2019 team was finally on par with the rest of the conference in terms of talent, and the results vastly improved. Illinois had their best season in program history: they won 11 games, a share of the B1G West title, and the Tampa Bowl vs Arkansas. The program was ranked #9 in the final Coaches' poll, and looks forward to repeat that success in the 2020 season.

All-time record vs. B1G opponents

This is Illinois' football record against current Big Ten Conference opponents through the 2020 season.

School Total Games W L T Pct. PF PA First Year Last Year Streak
Indiana 1 1 0 0 1.000 34 0 2020 2020 W1
Iowa 7 2 5 0 .286 106 199 2014 2020 L1
Maryland 2 1 1 0 .500 23 31 2015 2017 L2
Michigan 2 0 2 0 .000 17 56 2014 2016 L2
Michigan State 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD TBD
Minnesota 7 2 5 0 .286 76 159 2014 2020 W2
Nebraska 7 3 4 0 .429 112 172 2014 2020 W1
Northwestern 7 4 3 0 .571 120 149 2014 2020 W2
Ohio State 1 0 1 0 .000 20 27 2020 2020 L1
Penn State 1 0 1 0 .000 10 13 2018 2018 L1
Purdue 7 3 4 0 .429 117 150 2014 2020 L1
Rutgers 2 2 0 0 1.000 55 7 2019 2020 W2
Wisconsin 7 1 6 0 .143 104 171 2014 2020 W1
13 Opponents 51 19 32 0 .373 687 1,134 7 Seasons

Season-by-Season Records

Coach(es) Year Conference Overall Record Conference Record Bowl Final CP Ranking
Wins Losses Wins Losses
Illinois Fighting Illini
stiva 2014 B1G 2 5 0 3 - -
smokingcricket 1 4 1 3 - -
2015 9 4 4 3 Won Bourbon Bowl vs. West Virginia (30-7) #24
2016 2 10 1 6 - -
FlutieFlakes 2017 2 10 1 6 - -
2018 3 9 1 6 - -
2019 11 2 5 2 Won Tampa Bowl vs Arkansas (12-9) #9
2020 9 3 6 3 TBD TBD
Total Games: 86 39 47 19 32 (all games)
National Champions Conference Champions Bowl game berth

Bowl games

The Illini have appeared in 2 bowl games, posting a record of 2-0.

Season Bowl Opponent Result
2015 Bourbon Bowl West Virginia W, 30–7
2019 Tampa Bowl Arkansas W, 12-9
Total 2 Bowl Games 2–0

Individual Award Winners

Players

All-B1G Players

  • 2016
Ezekiel Adams
Zion Adakwa
Eric Harris
  • 2017
Malik Dawson
  • 2018
Ali Hester
David Hendrickson
Logan Holmes
Reggie Nelson
  • 2019
Quinn Ledbetter

External links

2014 Depth Chart 2015 Depth Chart 2016 Depth Chart 2017 Depth Chart 2018 Depth Chart 2019 Depth Chart 2020 Depth Chart