The wait is nearly over.
Almost nine months after Arcola claimed a Class 1A state title and Unity played for a state title in 3A, the 2016 high school football season is upon us.
However, weather caused some issues.
Illinois 1, Arkansas 0
The Illini hit .700 or better in the early going against the Razorbacks. That's not really sustainable team wide for an entire set, but Illinois finished up its 25-19 first set victory still hitting .394.
How will Lovie Smith's team perform in the opener? Will there be any surprises when the depth chart is released? What is next for Tim Beckman? For the answers to these questions and anything else on your mind, check in with our longtime college football writer.
By MARSHALL THOMPSON
Champaign Central senior
The first reason I love playing at Tommy Stewart Field is that I simply love football, and Tommy Stewart Field happens to be where you get to play if you go to public school in Champaign.
By DALTON WHITTED
There are many reasons why I love to play at Clinton High School, but the one major reason is having our home crowd supporting us on Friday nights.