2014 Illinois Fighting Illini Football Schedule
With another talented team that has their hopes on making some
major noise in the Big 10, one of the elite conferences in college football, the Illinois Fighting Illini are sure to have
plenty of fanfare surrounding this all season long once again this year, making it always a good idea to head out and see
the action up close and personal. Big 10 football is as good as you get if game day for you is on Saturday, particularly when
you have the tradition of a team like the Illinois Fighting Illini when they take to the field. In 2013, the Illini had some
impressive wins despite their tough overall schedule, giving the Illini something to build on as they look to elevate their
game to the next level.
One of the matchups the Illini know that they're going to have to bring their best to the field
when they host the Iowa Hawkeyes on November 15th, as you can count on Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Illinois to be absolutely
rocking with Illini love. The Hawkeyes have an excellent football program, and this team is often stocked with some of the
top players in the game to make for an excellent home challenge for the Illini. Other incredible home matchups include Purdue,
Penn State and more, giving you plenty of opportunities to head out and see if the Illini have what it takes this season.
also don't want to forget about all those intriguing road matchups either, as the Illini have a great fan base that definitely
isn't known to be quiet down just because their team is on the road. Come out to see the Illini away from home against teams
like Nebraska, Wisconsin or Ohio State and you'll be a part of amazing atmosphere, not to mention in the presence of plenty
of Illini fan who travel with the team to show their support. Whatever your game plan for the season is, the Illini have some
unbelievable matchups and a dynamic team that has plenty of potential, making it another season that is sure to have fans
absolutely glued to the action.
Illinois Fighting Illini Football Team Info
The Illinois Fighting Illini
football program participates in the Division I ranks of the NCAA, and is a part of the illustrious Big 10 Conference. The
Illini have a rich history of winning football, and that's something that means a lot to every player that dons the team uniform
in Champaign, Illinois has had many memorable seasons that live on in the history books and the hearts of many fans, and the
team is always looking to post a winning record each and every season. There's nothing quite like being there when the game
is on the line and the Illini are looking to put the final touches on a huge win, as the crowd is sure to be electrified as
the Illini dig in for all the crucial snaps of the big game.
College Football Experience
There is nothing
better than heading out to see a live sporting event, and that certainly applies to college football. Attending a top college
football matchup is an experience that can span the course of an entire day. A lot of people like to show up to the game early
so they can do some tailgating. Tailgating includes food and drink, as well as a general gearing up for the game. It's a tradition
that many people love to keep to, and you'll feel the camaraderie when you head to the parking lots at Memorial Stadium. The
Illinois Fighting Illini have some great home games on the docket this season, and you can be there to see this team in person.
Once you're in the stadium, you'll feel the energy of the crowd come kick-off, and it definitely won't stop there as the momentum
of the day continues to build all the way through the four quarters. By the time the clock is dwindling late in the game with
the result still very much up in the air, the experience will completely speak for itself.
Illini Football History
Since first being founded in 1890, the Illini have been doing some big things around their
Champaign campus, helping make them an absolute staple of the area and a centerpiece of the campus. The Illini have won more
than 500 games in total throughout their illustrious history, and their conference title on 15 occasions. The team has reached
a college bowl game on 17 occasions, winning eight of those contests. The team now plays in the Leaders Division of the Big
Ten, where they regularly get pitted against some of the best programs in the sport, keeping them on their toes as they continue
to bring seriously talented players into the fold in an effort to keep pace with the conference. With such an amazing history
behind them and a great current program, the Illini can do big things as they head into another exciting era of Illinois University
Illinois Fighting Illini Football Trivia
What was the result the first time that Bobby Mitchell
carried the football for the Illini?
The answer is a 64-yard touchdown against the Michigan Wolverines back in 1955.
When your program also boasts Red Grange and Dick Butkus as alumni, sometimes the other great players end not getting quite
as much national fanfare, but Mitchell was one of the most dynamic and versatile football players in history. Mitchell was
an excellent traditional running back and even played some defensive back for the Illini before taking his game to the pro
level. Once in the pros, he was a dominant rusher before turning into a kick-returner and a Pro Bowl-caliber receiver, leading
him to get inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Illinois Fighting Illini Football Fans
the Illinois Fighting Illini football team are about as passionate as they come, and that's something you can see for yourself
when you head out to Memorial Stadium this season to see the Illini test their skills against some of the top teams in the
Big Ten. These fans pack the stadium for every home game throughout the season and create an atmosphere that is conducive
to winning football games. The Fighting Illini will always fight harder when they've got a raucous crowd behind them. That's
why these fans mean so much to the program, because they have the power to urge their favorite team on to victory during the
biggest games of the season.