Location: University Park, Pennsylvania Mascot: The Nittany Lion 2017 Record: 11-2 The Breakdown: Penn State University, in my opinion, is the most impressive B1G Ten football program over the last 1-2 years. When Head Coach James Franklin was hired from Vanderbilt University in 2014, many Penn State fans were less than impressed. Fast forward 5-6 … Continue reading Know the Foe: Penn State Nittany Lions
Illinois football travels to a stadium that is incredibly familiar to the program and many of those involved with the team: Chicago Illinois’ very own Soldier Field. They make the trip up to Chicago to face the Bulls of the University of South Florida, in a rematch from last year’s non-conference game in which the … Continue reading Illinois Football vs South Florida, Preview and Key Players
Location: Tampa, Fl. Mascot: Rocky the Bull 2017 Record: 10-2 The Breakdown: Former Texas Head Coach Charlie Strong, is in his second year as HC of the USF Bulls. He had a successful campaign last year going 10-2, losing to only UCF (12-0) and Houston (7-5). He brought a dynamic mindset both on the offensive … Continue reading Know the Foe: University of South Florida Bulls
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
Illinois Fighting Illini fan-base, and the program as a whole, was shocked at Lovie Smith’s announcement that fan-favorite wide receiver Mike Dudek suffered a season-ending injury for the third time in his collegiate career. Not only did Illinois lose a fan-favorite receiver, but they lost one of the most promising receiving prospects the Illini have … Continue reading Illini Dudek Out: Who Gets the Targets?
Any time a smaller, in-state school goes against the state’s flagship university, it’s bound to be a big deal to both schools. The same type of situation can be expected Saturday night when the Western Illinois Leatherbacks football team will travel to Champaign-Urbana to take on the Illinois Fighting Illini. (6:30 p.m., BTN) Last Week: … Continue reading Game Preview: Illinois Football vs Western Illinois
Location: Macomb, Illinois Mascot: Rocky the Bulldog 2017 Record: 8-4 The Breakdown: A year later, after making the FCS playoffs, the Western Illinois fan-base has low expectations for their team which lost a loaded senior class. Despite the low expectations, many individuals in the fan base we're gut punched by a late Montana State FG … Continue reading Know the Foe: Western Illinois Leathernecks