Game day Q&A: 'I've been enjoying it'

Each week during the season, Nick Allegretti comes to the Illinois postgame press conference and thoughtfully answers questions. The friendly senior offensive guard is one of the most respected Illini in recent years. With his accounting degree in hand, the Lincoln-Way East product wants to take a shot at the NFL.

Who's got the edge? Illinois vs. Iowa

Beat writer Scott Richey breaks down Illinois and Iowa:

Top of the Morning, Nov. 17, 2018

Like every other Junior Reporter we've sent to Memorial Stadium to cover Illinois football, AUSTIN BROWN's name was randomly selected.

What's different is no one knows who put his name in the hopper in the first place.

The fifth-grader from Danville was anonymously nominated — for us, that's a first — and to this day, he doesn't have a clue who did it.

Nov. 20 Bob Asmussen chat

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 2:00pm

How did Illinois look against Iowa? Who will Lovie Smith consider for the defensive coordinator position? When will the team land its next commitment?

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

Sophomore defensive end turning into key piece for Illini

CHAMPAIGN — The list of Big Ten leaders for pass breakups is topped by Nebraska's breakout lockdown cornerback — and fantastically named —Dicaprio Bootle.

It also includes familiar names like Michigan State's Justin Layne, Northwestern's Montre Hartage and the latest in a long line of standout Penn State defensive backs in Amani Oruwariye.

Joe Vozzelli on Big Ten football: Nov. 16, 2018



Michigan 7-0 9-1

Ohio State 6-1 9-1

Penn State 4-3 7-3

Michigan State 4-3 6-4

Maryland 3-4 5-5

Indiana 2-5 5-5

Rutgers 0-7 1-9



Northwestern 6-1 6-4

Wisconsin 4-3 6-4

Purdue 4-3 5-5

Iowa 3-4 6-4

Top of the Morning, Nov. 16, 2018

Think you have a busy Thanksgiving week? My guess is BRIAN BARNHART has you beat.

The Voice of the Illini and host of "Penny For Your Thoughts" on WDWS will call two football games and five basketball games in 11 days.

Oh, yeah: He will also be traveling across multiple time zones.

Nov. 15 Illinois basketball, volleyball & football chat

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 12:30pm

Brad Underwood's Illinois basketball team is about to jump into the toughest part of its nonconference schedule. Chris Tamas' Illini volleyball team is trying to put the finishing touches on one of the best regular seasons in program history. Lovie Smith's Illinois football team has set a goal of two more wins in its "playoff" push.

Asmussen | Bowl-bound teams help Big Ten grow

What has happened to Big Ten football?

A year after going 7-1 in bowl games (thanks, Michigan), the conference has nine bowl ties. And it climbs to 10 if the Big Ten qualifies for the College Football Playoff (thanks, Michigan).

At this moment, seven Big Ten teams have reached the six wins needed to become bowl eligible.

Backfield uptick a small sign of hope

CHAMPAIGN — Rod Smith entered the 2018 season wanting to make sure the Illinois offense was at least good at one thing. The results might not be there in terms of wins and losses, but the Illini offensive coordinator can hang his hat on how the team's run game has improved from last season.