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Illinois Fighting Illini football
AmericanFootball current event.svg 2019 Illinois Fighting Illini
New Illinois Logo NCAA-Big 10-Illinois Fighting Illini Orange helmet
First season 1890
Head coach Lovie Smith
4th year, 10–27 (.270)
Home stadium Memorial Stadium (Champaign)
Stadium capacity 60,670
Record: 78,297
Stadium surface FieldTurf
Location Champaign, Illinois, U.S.
Conference Big 10
Division West
All-time history
Illinois Fighting Illini Historical Teams
1890 1891 1892 1893 1894 1895 1896 1897 1898 1899
1900 1901 1902 1903 1904 1905 1906 1907 1908 1909
1910 1911 1912 1913 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 1919
1920 1921 1922 1923 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929
1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939
1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949
1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
2020 2021 2022 2023
All-time record 607–593–50 (.506)
Postseason bowl record 8–10 (.444)
Claimed national titles 5 (1914, 1919, 1923, 1927, 1951)
Conference titles 15 (1910, 1914, 1915, 1918, 1919, 1923, 1927, 1928, 1946, 1951, 1953, 1963, 1983, 1990, 2001)
Rivalries Northwestern Wildcats (rivalry)
Missouri Tigers (rivalry)
Purdue Boilermakers (rivalry)
Ohio State Buckeyes (rivalry)
Consensus All-Americans 24
Current uniform
NCAA-Big 10-Illinois Fighting Illini football jerseys
Colors Orange and Blue

             


Fight song Illinois Loyalty and Oskee Wow Wow
Marching band Marching Illini
Outfitter Nike
Website fightingillini.com
The Illinois Fighting Illini football team represents the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign located in Champaign, Illinois. The Fighting Illini are a member of the NCAA FBS Big Ten Conference and play their home games at Memorial Stadium in Champaign. The Illini are currently coached by Lovie Smith.

RivalriesEdit

Illinois has four series against teams that generally are considered their rival in some form, with three of their rivals being in the Big Ten Conference, Northwestern, Purdue, and Ohio State, with the first two being in the same division as the Fighting Illini. Illinois briefly had a protected rivalry with Indiana in the pre-expansion Big Ten, but the rivalry is much more prevalent in basketball.

NorthwesternEdit

Of the four rivalries, the one between them and Northwestern has had the most matchups, with 111. The original trophy was the Sweet Sioux Tomahawk, until it was replaced with the Land of Lincoln Trophy. The Fighting Illini have had periods of dominance in the series, notably winning eleven of twelve matchups from 1908 to 1928. Illinois leads the series 55–51–5 as of 2017, although Northwestern has won the last three games between the two.

MissouriEdit

The rivalry between Illinois and Missouri is modeled after the two schools' longstanding basketball rivalry, and it garners the most interest around St. Louis, with both schools having alumni and fans in the area. It has not been played annually, with 24 matchups occurring from 1896 to 2010, with Missouri leading the series 17–7.

Between 2000 and 2010, the schools met in St. Louis six times, with Missouri winning each time. In 2026, the series will be renewed for a four-year period, to be played on campus sites.

PurdueEdit

The rivalry with Purdue is the oldest of the four, with their first meeting being in 1890. Illinois has had varied success, such as winning eleven out of twelve games played between 1900 and 1911 and winning six straight from 1988 to 1993. Illinois leads the series 44–43–6, although Purdue has won the last two games.

Ohio StateEdit

The rivalry with Ohio State has occurred since 1902, with the Illibuck trophy (a carved wooden trophy) being a reflection of its longevity, being the 2nd oldest trophy awarded for a Big Ten rivalry game. Ohio State leads the series 68–30–4 (not including the 2010 vacated win), with Ohio State having won the last eight games played. They were members of the same Division (Leaders) upon expansion in 2011, but they were separated in 2014, meaning that they do not meet up each year, although they are guaranteed to meet at least once in a four-year period. Illinois has had varied success in this rivalry, notably winning five straight from 1988 to 1992, although they have not beaten Ohio State since 2007, when Illinois beat #1 Ohio State in Columbus.

SeasonsEdit

2020sEdit

Season Coach Record
2021
2020

2010sEdit

Season Coach Record
2019 Lovie Smith
2018 Lovie Smith 4-8
2017 Lovie Smith 2-10
2016 Lovie Smith 3-9
2015 Tim Beckman; Bill Cubit 5-7
2014 Tim Beckman 6-7
2013 Tim Beckman 4-8
2012 Tim Beckman 2-10
2011 Ron Zook; Vic Koennig 7-6
2010 Ron Zook 7-6

2000sEdit

Season Coach Record
2009 Ron Zook 3-9
2008 Ron Zook 5-7
2007 Ron Zook 9-4
2006 Ron Zook 2-10
2005 Ron Zook 2-9
2004 Ron Turner 3-8
2003 Ron Turner 1-11
2002 Ron Turner 5-7
2001 Ron Turner 10-2
2000 Ron Turner 5-6

1990sEdit

Season Coach Record
1999 Ron Turner 8-4
1998 Ron Turner 3-8
1997 Ron Turner 0-11
1996 Lou Tepper 2-9
1995 Lou Tepper 5-5-1
1994 Lou Tepper 7-5
1993 Lou Tepper 5-6
1992 Lou Tepper 6-5-1
1991 John Mackovic; Lou Tepper 6-6
1990 John Mackovic 8-4

1980sEdit

Season Coach Record
1989 John Mackovic 10-2
1988 John Mackovic 6-5-1
1987 Mike White 3-7-1
1986 Mike White 4-7
1985 Mike White 6-5-1
1984 Mike White 7-4
1983 Mike White 10-2
1982 Mike White 7-5
1981 Mike White 7-4
1980 Mike White 3-7-1

Notable AlumniEdit

Logos/Uniforms/HelmetsEdit

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