Fans of the Florida Gators will understand this piece. Actually non college football fans will probably understand it even. It feels like we publish this column every season. Last year, we did the "Did Ron Zook's play-calling cost Illinois a win?" story after the Illini had a chance to upset then #2 Ohio State at home in the Big Ten conference opener. Go here to brush up … [Read more...] about Questioning Ron Zook’s Very Questionable Play-Calls, Rationale
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There was something surreal Friday about watching the lead story on the ESPN sports shouting shows (I'd refer to them as sports talk shows, but they're actually just SHOUTING MATCHES) from the very exact location where the lead story originates. I'm speaking of course, about the Wrigleyville Classic, "Wallgate" and the afternoon hours I spent in the waiting room of the Chicago … [Read more...] about ESPN Gameday, Media Circus has Now Left Town
By now you've heard all about the whole end zone problem and decision to have both teams use the same end zone. The college football game being played between the Northwestern Wildcats and the Illinois Fighting Illini will now be unique, one for the history books even. … [Read more...] about Erin Andrews Talks About Wrigley Field College Football Controversy (Video)
According to ESPN Chicago, and ESPN 1000, they'll only be using one end zone tomorrow at the Wrigleyville Classic, the game between Illinois and Northwestern at Wrigley Field. This is due to space constraints and safety concerns. This in-state Big Ten rivalry game, the quirkiest game in all of college football just became quirkier, and more of a novelty. … [Read more...] about Only Using One End Zone at Wrigleyville Classic Tomorrow!
A bowl game in Chicago? Well, it certainly will be a bowl game type environment when the Northwestern Wildcats host the Illinois Fighting Illini, their bitter instate rival, in the Allstate Wrigleyville Classic at Wrigley Field. The Friendly Confines, home of Major League Baseball's Chicago Cubs, last hosted a football game on Dec. 13, 1970. Kickoff is set for 2:35 p.m. … [Read more...] about Bowl Atmosphere coming to Wrigley Field for Illinois-Northwestern
I'm just not a soccer guy. The World Cup is fine, but it's not my thing. I just can't wait for college football to get here. Therefore, when College Football Zealots asked me to do their preview of the Illinois Fighting Illini 2010 season for them. I jumped at the chance. … [Read more...] about The Extremely Blunt Fighting Illini Football Preview
By Paul M. Banks and Paul Schmidt Obviously, there have been bigger games than this between Indiana and Illinois lately. A match-up between one probable NIT team and a no postseason team isn't exactly the biggest case on the docket today. But there have been some REALLY BIG games in the history of rivalry. And here are some fun facts about these two programs and this … [Read more...] about Illinois-Indiana: A More Prestigious Rivalry Than You Think