Talking points with Teddy Greenstein

We asked Chicago Tribune football beat writer Teddy Greenstein his thoughts on the Wildcats going into today's Illinois-Northwestern game at Memorial Stadium.

Northwestern has a chance to win 10 games again. What is the key to Pat Fitzgerald's success?

Final word: 'He's living his dream'

CHAMPAIGN — Which family wins the "longest commute contest" with the Illinois football team this week? Easy answer: the Hayes family.

Blake Hayes' parents Georgina and Ronan, and his older brother Max, traveled 9,611 miles from Melbourne, Australia to hang out with their favorite punter for today's season finale against Northwestern.

How they line up: Northwestern at Illinois, 3 p.m. today

Illini (2-9 overall, 0-8 Big Ten)



10 Quarterback Cam Thomas 6-2 190 Fr.

22 Running back Kendrick Foster 5-9 190 Sr.

15 Wide receiver Trenard Davis 6-0 190 So.

13 Wide receiver Caleb Reams 6-2 250 So.

Game Day Q&A: Brandon Roberts

He walked on way back in 2013. Since then, Brandon Roberts has changed positions and head coaches (twice). This afternoon, the tight end from Peoria will greet his parents, Christina and James, on the field for the senior-day festivities and try not to cry. Illinois football beat writer Bob Asmussen sat down with the communications grad earlier in the week:

UI roundup: Illini football adds grad transfer

CHAMPAIGN — Three days before the end of the 2017 season, Lovie Smith found some help for 2018.

On Wednesday, Appalachian State receiver Shaedon Meadors said on Twitter he will transfer to Illinois for his final season. As a graduate transfer, he will be immediately eligible.

Nov. 27 Bob Asmussen chat

Monday, November 27, 2017 - 10:00am

How did Illinois look against Northwestern? What is next for Lovie Smith? Will there be any changes to the staff?

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

BTN to avoid Chief logo in broadcasts, merchandise

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URBANA — The Big Ten Network has agreed to avoid images of the Chief Illiniwek logo during its Illini broadcasts following a complaint about its coverage of the Nov. 11 football game against Indiana.

Lovie on UI-Mizzou: 'All in favor of it'

CHAMPAIGN — Say there's a freshman that will play the next time Illinois faces Missouri on the football field.

Right now? He's in the fourth grade.

The Illini and Tigers will renew their rivalry. The contracts are signed for the four-game home-and-home (and repeat) series. It just won't start until the 2026 season, with Illinois getting dibs on hosting first.

Smith: 'Can't complain about the effort'

Illinois coach Lovie Smith and defensive coordinator Hardy Nickerson discuss Saturday's game against Northwestern — the season finale for the 2-9 Illini.

Illinois, Missouri renew series

It's back on.

The Illinois-Missouri football series hasn't been played since 2010, when the Tigers defeated the Illini 23-13 at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.

But the two progams will renew their series starting in 2026, Illinois announced on Monday, as part of a four-year home-and-home series between the two programs.