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Football

Top 50 teams in 2018: No. 21, Central Florida

Coach: Josh Heupel

2017 record: 13-0

Projected 2018 record: 10-2

Circle the date: Nov. 23 at South Florida

Bowl trip: Bahamas

Top 50 teams in 2018: No. 22, LSU

Coach: Ed Orgeron

2017 record: 9-4

Projected 2018 record: 8-4

Circle the date: Nov. 3 vs. Alabama

Bowl trip: Belk

A look ahead at Illini football's nonconference slate through 2029

Illinois and Toledo will meet at Memorial Stadium on Sept. 2, 2023 in the first-ever football game between the two after that nonconference game was announced on Thursday. What other nonconference foes might stir up some interest? N-G copy editor Jordan J. Wilson ranks all 17 that we know:

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Top 50 most important Illini: No. 22, Ra'Von Bonner

Vitals: 5-11, 210, RB

Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio

High School: Sycamore

July 16 Bob Asmussen chat

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 10:00am

How are the summer workouts going for Lovie Smith's team? Who will be the starting quarterback against Kent State? When will the team announce its training camp schedule?

For the answers to these questions, and anything else on your mind, check in with our longtime Illinois football beat writer.

Illini, Toledo to meet in 2023

Tim Beckman arrived at Illinois in 2011 after coaching at Toledo.

The Beckman experience with the Illini didn't end on a high note, with the school firing the former Illinois football coach a week before the 2015 season started after an investigation of player abuse found Beckman culpable of said allegations.