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  1. Halftime: Minnesota 20, Illinois 0

    Brian Bennett

    You had to wonder about Illinois' state of mind going into today's finale at Minnesota as the Illini were burdened with a five-game losing streak. Whether it's mental fatigue or simply bad play, Illinois looks to be hitting rock bottom here at the...

    Blog | November 26, 2011
  2. Northern Illinois trolls Fighting Illini in ad

    Brian Bennett

    Northern Illinois beat Northwestern 23-15 last weekend, after which I wrote that the Huskies have the best football program in the state of Illinois. The school's alumni group must feel that way, too, judging by this full-page ad in Friday's Chica...

    Blog | September 12, 2014
  3. Illini look to add their 'signature'

    Brian Bennett

    Illinois is 2-0, though its close-shave victories over Youngstown State and Western Kentucky at home aren't going to impress too many people. So I asked head coach Tim Beckman this week how important it would be for his team to get a so-called sig...

    Blog | September 10, 2014
  4. Illini name Wes Lunt starting QB

    Brian Bennett

    In what has to be one of the least surprising resolutions ever to a quarterback competition, Illinois has named Wes Lunt as its starter for the 2014 season opener against Youngstown State next Saturday. Head coach Tim Beckman made the announcement...

    Blog | August 20, 2014
  5. Schedule analysis: Illinois

    Brian Bennett

    Just a few more weeks before the games kick off. Until then, we're looking forward and analyzing every Big Ten team's 2014 schedule. Up next: Illinois Nonconference schedule (with 2013 records) Aug. 30: Youngstown State (8-4) Sept. 6: Weste...

    Blog | August 08, 2014
  6. Big Ten lunch links

    Brian Bennett

    So, how was your Father's Day, Tywin Lannister? Illinois teammates pitched in to help Alex Hill visit his daughter on her birthday. Tim Beckman wants another Chicago game. Penn State is showing interest in Northwestern athletic director Jim Phi...

    Blog | June 16, 2014
  7. Illini's Karras living up to family name

    Brian Bennett

    Illinois offensive lineman Teddy Karras looked at schools like UCLA, Boston College and Ball State during his recruitment process. But one destination's siren song proved too strong. "The Big Ten was always in my mind," he said. Not just in his...

    Blog | March 17, 2014
  8. Salvaging the season for Big Ten also-rans

    Brian Bennett

    Only four teams -- Ohio State, Wisconsin, Michigan State and Minnesota -- still have a chance to win the Big Ten title. Two teams, Illinois and Purdue, have been eliminated from bowl contention, while Indiana needs a Hail Mary this week at Ohio State...

    Blog | November 19, 2013
  9. Illini look to shed burden of The Streak

    Brian Bennett

    Two years ago today, Illinois lost 17-7 to Ohio State at home. It was not a pretty game, as the Buckeyes won despite having true freshman quarterback Braxton Miller complete only one pass in four attempts, though that one completion did go for the ga...

    Blog | October 15, 2013
  10. Purdue seeks offensive solutions

    Brian Bennett

    The last time Darrell Hazell coached against Northern Illinois, his team scored 37 points in a double-overtime thriller. That was at Kent State, which lost to the Huskies 44-37 in last season's MAC title game. The odds are against Hazell's new tea...

    Blog | September 26, 2013
  11. Legends Division race looks wide open

    Brian Bennett

    The Big Ten Leaders Division race could very well be decided next week when Wisconsin goes to Ohio State. With Penn State ineligible for the conference championship game and Illinois, Indiana and Purdue all looking at least a step behind, the winner ...

    Blog | September 22, 2013
  12. Big Ten lunchtime links

    Brian Bennett

    Never forget. Tim Beckman, a former Oklahoma State assistant, said he was shocked by the Sports Illustrated allegations about the Cowboys program. There is optimism now around Illinois. Indiana freshmen are getting acclimated on defense. Hoosie...

    Blog | September 11, 2013
  13. Big Ten QB class led by Michigan Wolverines' Devin Gardner, Nebra...

    Brian Bennett

    There's widespread uncertainty at the QB position in the Big Ten, but not at the league's three marquee programs.

    Story | Conversation | August 22, 2013
  14. Big Ten lunchtime links

    Brian Bennett

    Like the Midsummer Classic, these links count: Former Illinois coach Ron Zook is still recruiting, but now he's doing it while working at a bank. A preview of Indiana's opener versus Indiana State. Gary Barta says it's laughable that Kirk Fer...

    Blog | July 16, 2013
  15. Big Ten lunchtime links

    Brian Bennett

    Hodor! A closer look at Illinois linebacker Mason Monheim. Incoming Indiana defensive lineman Darius Latham is making his presence known on the boys' state all-star basketball team (subscription required). The Hoosiers picked up a quarterback f...

    Blog | June 12, 2013
  16. Big Ten lunchtime links

    Brian Bennett

    Happy hump day. Former Illinois co-offensive coordinator Billy Gonzales was hired at Mississippi State. The Illini have created a Chicago advisory board. A closer look at Iowa cornerback signee Desmond King and linebacker signee John Kenny. M...

    Blog | February 13, 2013