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2018 Schedule
2-10, 7th in Big Ten - West
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17hAdam Rittenberg

Illini QB Crouch retires; QB George to transfer

Illini quarterback Chayce Crouch announced Wednesday he is retiring from football, and quarterback Jeff George Jr. said he will become a graduate transfer after spending four years at Illinois.

Ryan McGee ESPN Senior Writer 

Instead of complaining about the all-SEC title game, these Illinois fans crashed the party.

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10dAndrea Adelson

Beamer, Brown among 13 to enter Hall of Fame

Legendary coaches Frank Beamer and Mack Brown have been selected for the College Football Hall of Fame, part of a class of 13 that includes former players Ed Reed, Calvin Johnson and Charles Woodson.

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24dESPN Recruiting

Midterm football recruiting class grades

The first early signing period is in the books. With almost seven weeks until national signing day, some grades are incomplete, but here's how teams have fared.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Former Illinois linebacker Tre Watson will join Maryland as a graduate transfer in 2018, he announced today on Twitter. Watson tied for third on the team in tackles (65) and led the Illini with 4.5 tackles for loss while appearing in nine games this past season.

Tom VanHaaren ESPN Staff Writer 

Illinois tight end Luke Ford announced his top five on Sunday. The No. 63 ranked prospect is now considering Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Illinois and Texas A&M. It isn't know yet if Ford will sign early on December 20, but these are the final schools he will consider.

Illinois player ejected for tossing flag at ref (0:24)
Northwestern runs over Illinois (0:39)
Northwestern returns interception for 65 yards (0:47)
Northwestern's Jackson scampers for 79-yard run (0:48)
Strip sack results in Northwestern TD (0:38)
Northwestern's Roberts scored TD on jet sweep (0:18)
Northwestern's Dickerson grabs game-tying TD (0:20)
Illinois snatches interception on 3rd-and-goal (0:24)
Illinois' Thomas gets into the end zone untouched (0:31)
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FPI sees Land of Lincoln Trophy staying in Evanston

Northwestern's six-game winning streak is the school's longest within one season since 1996. Wildcats RB Justin Jackson has averaged 158.3 rushing yards in three previous games vs. the Illini.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Illinois and Missouri will play a four-game, home-and-home series from 2026 through 2029. The lllini and Tigers last meet in 2010 in St. Louis, which hosted their previous six meetings. Illinois will host games in 2026 and 2028, and Missouri will host in 2027 and 2029. Missouri holds a 17-7 edge in the all-time series.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Illinois announces it will build a statue of former star Dick Butkus at the entrance to its new football performance center, expected to be completed before the 2019 season. Butkus was an All-America linebacker and center for the Illini, and won Big Ten MVP honors in 1963. "Usually when you get a statue you are in the dirt, so this will be very different," Butkus said in a statement. "I appreciate the tribute, but it is very humbling."

Ohio State beats Illinois in a laugher (0:36)

Team Stats

Passing Yards174.8107th
Rushing Yards105.6124th
Points For15.3128th
Points Against31.591st

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