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Before the start of Illinois football's training camp on Aug. 2 in Champaign, beat writer Bob Asmussen is counting down the top 50 teams heading into the 2019 college football season.

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Before the start of Illinois football's training camp on Aug. 2 in Champaign, beat writer Bob Asmussen is counting down the top 50 teams heading into the 2019 college football season.

During Friday’s Big Ten media kickoff, I asked the Michigan coach a fair question for a story that will appear in Sunday’s paper: The Big Ten has missed the last two playoffs. What’s wrong?

Before the start of Illinois football's training camp on Aug. 2 in Champaign, beat writer Bob Asmussen is counting down the top 50 teams heading into the 2019 college football season.

Giorgi Bezhanishvili had a simple message for the elbow-to-elbow crowd packed into the Park Grill Plaza at Millennium Park: There’s no such thing as a bad dancer

CHAMPAIGN — Andres Feliz can draw a comparison to his first season at Illinois and his freshman year at Northwest Florida State College. Mostly, it was about how comfortable — and therefore confident — the 6-foot-2 guard felt on the basketball court.

Before the start of Illinois football's training camp on Aug. 2 in Champaign, beat writer BOB ASMUSSEN is counting down the top 50 teams heading into the 2019 college football season:

CHAMPAIGN — Rodney Gallagher has yet to play a single game of high school basketball. In fact, the Pennsylvania native isn't even in high school yet.

2019 Football Schedule

Aug. 31 Illinois vs. Akron, 11am
Sep. 7 at UConn, 2;30pm
Sep. 14 vs. Eastern Michigan, 11am
Sep. 21 vs. Nebraska, TBA
Oct. 5 at Minnesota, 2:30pm or 3pm
Oct. 12 vs. Michigan, TBA
Oct. 19 vs. Wisconsin, 11am
Oct. 26 at Purdue, TBA
Nov. 2 vs. Rutgers, TBA
Nov. 9 at Michigan State, TBA
Nov. 23 at Iowa, TBA
Nov. 30 vs. Northwestern, TBA