Asmussen | Painful, loss-heavy weekend forces Big Ten to re-evaluate

The Big Ten went 7-1 in the 2017 postseason, convincing everyone — me included — it was in the SEC's neighborhood.

Sorry to report, the Big Ten has been evicted. At least, for now.

After one of the worst weekends in league history, it is time for the conference to regroup. I've got a plan.

Ex-Illini Davis retires from Bills at halftime

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — As if Bills coach Sean McDermott didn't have enough to worry about in trailing the Los Angeles Chargers 28-6 at halftime on Sunday.

He had to contend with veteran cornerback Vontae Davis quitting on the team.

Sept. 16 Bob 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:



More time on court coming soon for Underwood, Illini

CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois coaching staff is about to get 20 hours per week to work with its team. The start of official practices is now less than two weeks ago. Full-on preparation for the 2018-19 season is coming.

Illini Legends, Lists and Lore: Sept. 16, 2018

On this date in 1983, one day before Illinois’ home opener against Stanford, Fighting Illini Director of Athletics Neale Stoner announced that every ticket to every UI home football game had been sold.

Confidence still high after loss

Illinois linebacker Del'Shawn Phillips, kicker Chase McLaughlin and offensive lineman Nick Allegretti discuss the Illini's 25-19 loss to South Florida on Saturday at Soldier Field in Chicago.

Illini lose 'tough' game in Chicago

Illinois coach Lovie Smith breaks down his team's 25-19 loss to South Florida at Soldier Field in Chicago.

Asmussen | Home away from home? Not really for UI at Soldier Field

CHICAGO — Soldier Field is a historic building with great tradition. The home of the Chicago Bears is in a vibrant part of the city.

But Illinois should never play there again.

The latest in a string of mistakes by the lake came Saturday against a South Florida team begging to get beat.

If only ... the game had been at Memorial Stadium. As it was intended.

Tate | Illini suffer another tough loss at Soldier Field

CHICAGO— Illinois has five consecutive home football dates in distant 2022.

If, as might happen, someone brainstorms the idea of moving the Sept. 10 Virginia game — or any game — to Soldier Field, please, Josh Whitman, decline ... don't answer the phone ... quench the temptation. Stay home.

Illini Report Card: vs. South Florida Sept. 15, 2018

PLAYER OF THE GAME: South Florida quarterback Blake Barnett