At the conclusion of the 2018 season, with bad defense and a lull in recruiting, it seemed that the term Littyville had come and gone like Halley's Comet. But, in the week before Christmas, Lovie Smith's Illini have gotten better. Much better. And for the first time since Ron Zook's Illini started 6-0 in 2011, … Continue reading Excitement in Littyville
With the 2018 Homecoming game vs Purdue a little less than 24 hours away, Illini football fans can see some progress. And it's so good to see. After the last couple of years where we knew that if the other team got a 10 point lead, the Illini were done, this year's team has shown … Continue reading Two Steps Forward, One Step Back
At every level of sports the higher you go, the more competitive the games become. I once trailed in a junior high basketball game 96-0 after three six-minute quarters. The final score was 107-6, but only because the opposing Superintendent fired the opposing coach a minute into the fourth quarter. At the high school varsity … Continue reading Egg Salad
I really struggled with how to frame the discussion of the Penn State at Illinois football game from last Friday night. The Illini actually lead Penn State, a Top 10 team in the country, 24-21 in the third quarter. Heck, it was only 28-24 Penn State heading into the 4th quarter. This is real progress, … Continue reading The Illini are So Close, yet Still So Far Away
So, a Power 5 Conference team is supposed to just roll over any FCS school, especially a directional school from your own state, right? As former Indiana coach and current College Game Day analyst Lee Corso would say, "Not so fast!" Every year college football sees a Power 5 team lose to a lower division … Continue reading A Painful Victory Over Western Illinois
is defined by Webster as a coming or flowing together at one point. Just as rivers like the Kankakee, Fox, Sangamon, Spoon, LaMoine, Vermilion, Iroquois, DuPage and others flow together to make up the Illinois River, so did a bunch of factors flow together to make the Illini's 31-24 season-opening victory over Kent State much … Continue reading A Confluence
To reach a bowl game, Lovie Smith's third iteration of the Fighting Illini must find a way to 6 regular season wins. Few games are seen as a sure thing, so let's look at the schedule to see where an opponent might fall into a trap versus Illinois. Trap games get talked about a lot, … Continue reading Can the Fighting Illini find a trap game?