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Miller’s commitment gives Illinois the top 2020 recruiting class in the Big Ten and ranks the Illini 11th nationally per 247Sports.

Among the 1,939 former students and faculty featured on our Gies College of Business-powered website: 1990 economics grad and former Illini football manager Lance Landeck, whose career in education has taken him from Tuscola (teacher) to Atwood-Hammond (principal) to Oakland (superintendent since 2011).

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Their oldest child, now a freshman at Iowa, will be rooting on the Hawkeyes on Saturday. But Becky and Gary Leibach, who have lived in Champaign for about 20 years, are sticking with Lovie Smith’s team for this weekend’s trip to Kinnick Stadium.

Illinois football beat writer Bob Asmussen is a voting member of The Associated Press Top 25 football panel. Here is this week’s ballot:

2019 Football Schedule

Aug. 31 Illinois vs. Akron W 42 - 3
Sep. 7 at UConn W 31 - 23
Sep. 14 vs. Eastern Michigan L 31- 34
Sep. 21 vs. Nebraska L 38 - 42
Oct. 5 at Minnesot L 17 - 40
Oct. 12 vs. Michigan L 25 - 42
Oct. 19 vs. Wisconsin W 24 - 23
Oct. 26 at Purdue W 24 - 6
Nov. 2 vs. Rutgers W 38 - 10
Nov. 9 at Michigan State, 2:30 CST
Nov. 23 at Iowa, TBA
Nov. 30 vs. Northwestern, TBA