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McGee: 'Recognize the situations that are going on'

Illinois offensive coordinator Garrick McGee discusses the play of quarterback Jeff George Jr. and his young offensive line, while defensive coordinator Hardy Nickerson touches on how the Illini defense has to finish more plays.

Smith: 'We need more'

Illinois coach Lovie Smith discusses the state of his team — mired in a four-game losing streak — and Saturday's upcoming game at Minnesota during his weekly press conference at Memorial Stadium.

Weekly Planner: NLCS Game 3

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Dodgers at Cubs, 7 p.m., Tuesday

If you're willing to stay up late, this is a must-watch game. The Cubs are back at Wrigley Field for Game 3 in what should be a raucous atmosphere. The Dodgers have looked unstoppable this season, but the Cubs are familiar with these situations.

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UI: 150 years, 1,000 stories, 100 videos

They hail from six continents — the Urbana-born doctor who's devoted the past three decades to caring for the poorest of the poor in East Africa; the dreamer from Freeport who grew up with 16 brothers and sisters and went on to become the first black American billionaire; the South Korean journalist who never thought she'd see her byline in the student newspaper, being a self-described "FOTB" (

Oct. 15 Asmussen Top 25

Illinois football beat writer Bob Asmussen is a voting member of The Associated Press Top 25 panel. Here is this week's ballot:
SCHOOL   PREV.
1. Alabama   1   
2. Penn State   3
3. Georgia   5
4. Wisconsin   6
5. Ohio State   7
6. TCU   9
7. Miami   13

Illini Legends, Lists & Lore: Oct. 15, 1927

Today in Illini history: Ninety years ago today—Oct. 15, 1927—Illinois and Iowa State battled to a tie on the turf of Memorial Stadium, producing the only blemish on what would eventually become a 7-0-1 season for the Illini.

Coach Bob Zuppke's team had shut out its first two opponents, Bradley and Butler, by a combined score of 77-0.

Illini stuck in a rut

CHAMPAIGN — For Illinois football, the sky is officially falling.

Four losses in a row. None decided by fewer than 11 points. And a whole bunch of nasty teams left on the schedule.

Game notes: UI freshman Epstein out for the season

CHAMPAIGN — For the first five games of the season, freshman running back Mike Epstein was an offensive force for the Illini. He gained 346 rushing yards and scored four touchdowns.

But his next carry will have to wait until 2018. Illinois coach Lovie Smith announced after the game that the Florida native is out for the rest of the season with a foot injury.

Allegretti: 'Easiest thing to fix is effort'

Hear from Illinois quarterback Jeff George Jr., running back Ra'Von Bonner, defensive end James Crawford and offensive lineman Nick Allegretti after Satuday's 35-24 loss to Rutgers at Memorial Stadium.

Tate: This is what the bottom looks like

This is what it looks like when you're staring up from the bottom.

Rutgers, loser of 16 straight Big Ten football games and challenging Kansas as the saddest sack among 65 Power-5 programs, mauled Illinois on Saturday.