Two straight 11 a.m. kickoffs to start the year are followed by two consecutive 3 p.m. kickoffs.
Illinois faces Washington at 3 p.m. this Saturday, and Illinois announced on Monday the time for the Texas State home game on Sept. 20 will arrive at 3 p.m.
There probably weren't many fingernails left in tact through the first three quarters of Illinois' win over Western Kentucky, but with a three touchdown outburst for the second straight week, the fans went home happy.
Wes Lunt didn’t just impress those in attendance at Memorial Stadium on Saturday.
The Illinois quarterback earned Co-Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors, the conference office announced on Monday.
Everyone is curious to see how Illinois handles Big Ten play. Understandably so, considering Illinois is 1-21 in its last 22 league games. The Illini have two more nonconference tilts before dealing with Nebraska under the lights in Lincoln. Their biggest one comes in six days. Saturday’s game at Washington is the Illini’s first trip to Husky Stadium since 1972.
Staff writer Bob Asmussen is a voting member on the AP Top 25 football poll. Here is this week's ballot:
The pride of Tuscola is six years removed from his NFL playing days, during which he spent eight seasons with the Cardinals and Raiders. But the former Illini defensive lineman still follows the game — at all levels. Staff writer Bob Asmussen visited with the almost-36-year-old at his Champaign home:
Eureka! Illinois executed an interception Saturday.
At that stunning moment, with the sun boring through the fourth-quarter clouds at Memorial Stadium, Western Kentucky’s Hilltoppers saw their life flickering and flashing before their eyes.
Bob Asmussen is in his 26th year covering college football for The News-Gazette. Here are his thoughts and observations after Saturday’s second week of the season:
Sure, Illinois deserves to celebrate. For a moment. In the young season, you can’t be any better than 2-0.