1:58 PM EDT, Fri September 21, 2018
The Champaign Room 2 hours ago
How to Watch Illinois vs. Penn State: Game Time, TV Channel, Online Streaming & Odds

How to Watch Illinois vs. Penn State: Game Time, TV Channel, Online Streaming & Odds

Here’s all the information you need for Friday night’s game. Use the comment section below as this week’s Game Thread. How to Watch Illinois (2-1) vs. Penn State (3-0) Game Time: 8 p.m. CT TV Channel: FS1 Online Streaming: FOX Sports GO Radio: All Illinois football games air live on radio in the Champaign (WDWS 1400) and Chicago markets (WSCR 670). The game is also broadcasted on other stations throughout the state; check the Fighting Illini Radio Network for more information. Other audio options for fans that don’t live close enough include SiriusXM and the Fighting Illini...
Writing Illini 4 hours ago

Illinois Football: Illini get one of Drake Jackson’s official visits

This weekend is turning into a pretty big deal for the Illinois football team. The Illini basketball team – both men’s and women’s – have big-time players coming up to see the campus, talk to the coaches and get a feel for what life would be like in Champaign. This is the basic idea of […] Illinois Football: Illini get one of Drake Jackson’s official visits - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Writing Illini 4 hours ago

Illinois Basketball: Samson Ruzhentsev receives offer from Illini

While the Illinois basketball team was down recruiting in Tennessee, they were able to offer another player from the class of 2020. Samson Ruzhentsev announced via Twitter on Thursday that he has received a scholarship offer from the University of Illinois. This is a solid offer by the Illini because now they are one of […] Illinois Basketball: Samson Ruzhentsev receives offer from Illini - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Writing Illini 23 hours ago

Illinois Basketball: Illini trying to get stronghold on in-state recruiting

Since Brad Underwood took the reins of the Illinois basketball program, the state of Illinois recruiting has started to change. March 18, 2017, Illinois decides to tab Underwood as the next head coach of the Illini after letting go John Groce. Whatever happened with the class of 2017 during that time, good or bad, I […] Illinois Basketball: Illini trying to get stronghold on in-state recruiting - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Writing Illini Sep 20, 2018

Illinois Football: Illini fan expectations for the Penn State game

The goal of every game for the Illinois football team is to win and move on to the next week. This is the goal for every athlete in every sport on every level. Athletes go into competition wanting and thinking they can win no matter who they are going up against. That should be the […] Illinois Football: Illini fan expectations for the Penn State game - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
The Champaign Room Sep 19, 2018
What Needs to Happen: Penn State

What Needs to Happen: Penn State

Illinois will need a complete performance against the top-ten Lions. Following a heartbreaking defeat in Chicago, the Illini return home for a Friday night tilt with No. 10 Penn State. The Nittany Lions may well prove to be the best team on Illinois’ schedule this year, so the Illini cannot afford to brood on recent disappointments. Here’s what needs to happen for a big upset in Champaign: Offense Control the clock At its best, the Illini offense has sustained long drives, primarily on the ground with dynamic duo Mike Epstein and Reggie Corbin. Not only has this resulted in numerous...
Writing Illini Sep 19, 2018

Illinois Basketball: Illini targets in the top 150 for the class of 2020

The Illinois basketball team has some big-time targets they are recruiting for the class of 2020. This class is going to be important for the program for many reasons. The main reason that I see is that the guard play for the Illini is going to be extremely thin when 2020 rolls around. Ayo Dosunmu […] Illinois Basketball: Illini targets in the top 150 for the class of 2020 - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
The Champaign Room Sep 19, 2018
Illinois Football Scouting Report: Penn State

Illinois Football Scouting Report: Penn State

The last time Penn State visited Champaign, the Illini won. The Illinois Fighting Illini take on the No. 10 Penn State Nittany Lions at home under the Friday Night Lights at Memorial Stadium. Penn State head coach James Franklin is 1-1 against the Illini since taking over in Happy Valley in 2014. Penn State is 18-5 all-time against Illinois, the first meeting dating back to 1959. After this game in 2018, the Illini won’t face Penn State until 2021. Special Teams The Name of The Game... Again Last week against South Florida, Lovie Smith’s bunch remarkably (and surprisingly) almost won in...
Writing Illini Sep 19, 2018

Illinois Basketball: Illini in to see class of 2020 center Bayron Matos

The Illinois basketball team is after another big man for the future. This time the player is from the class of 2020. According to FDM Athletics, Illinois is going to be in to see 2020 forward Bayron Matos on Wednesday. Matos is a 6-foot-8, 200-pound center from Hamilton Heights Christian Academy in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He […] Illinois Basketball: Illini in to see class of 2020 center Bayron Matos - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Writing Illini Sep 18, 2018

Illinois Basketball: Upcoming weekend is big for both Illini programs

This upcoming weekend could go down as one that many Illinois basketball fans will never forget. Not one, not two, but three top 100 players are coming up to Champaign to see what the Illini program is all about. The headliner of the visit is big man, Oscar Tshiebwe. Tshiebwe is a 6-foot-9, 250-pound center […] Illinois Basketball: Upcoming weekend is big for both Illini programs - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Writing Illini Sep 18, 2018

Big Ten Football: Week three power rankings for 2018

Big Ten football had a rough week three, but the top of the conference stayed strong. Here are the week three power rankings in the Big Ten. 1. Ohio State Buckeyes (-) The Ohio State Buckeyes continue to lead the Big Ten. They are the most dominant team in the conference and it isn’t even […] Big Ten Football: Week three power rankings for 2018 - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
The Champaign Room Sep 17, 2018
Lovie Smith “excited” about Illinois’ Big Ten opener

Lovie Smith “excited” about Illinois’ Big Ten opener

Illinois’ head coach previewed the Illini’s conference opener vs. Penn State. CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — At his weekly press conference Monday afternoon, Illinois Football head coach Lovie Smith touched on a variety of topics ranging from the status of the Illini’s suspended players, special teams, Friday night games, MJ Rivers and the 27.5-point spread placed on their Big Ten opener. One word Smith used though about this point in the season: “excited.” Illinois opens Big Ten play Friday night on FS1 vs. No. 10 Penn State. “In an ideal world, you want to start at home,” Smith...
Writing Illini Sep 17, 2018

Shouldn’t an Illinois fan be Fan of the Year?

Hey Illinois fans, it’s time to throw our hat in the ring for FanSided’s Sports Fan of the Year and prove who the best fans in college sports really are. That’s right, FanSided is searching for the most passionate sports fan in the country for our third annual Sports Fan of the Year contest. If you can convince […] Shouldn’t an Illinois fan be Fan of the Year? - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Writing Illini Sep 17, 2018

Illinois Basketball: Illini have a lot to offer during Drew Timme in-home visit

Today is a pretty big day for the Illinois basketball team as they try to build their program into a contender once again. Illinois will be in to see big-time center Drew Timme today. They are doing an in-home visit as first reported by Jake Weingarten of Stockrisers.com. Weingarten also says Texas A&M is also […] Illinois Basketball: Illini have a lot to offer during Drew Timme in-home visit - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
The Champaign Room Sep 17, 2018
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: South Florida

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: South Florida

Progress was shown but heartache prevailed. Illinois lost to South Florida. You know that. Let’s move on to the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. The Good Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports Corbin and Epstein combo show what this offense can become The second drive was a thing of beauty as Illini Offensive Coordinator Rod Smith showed what this offense could do. First, Reggie Corbin ran for 5 yards, then sprinted for 32 yards, culminating with Mike Epstein taking a handoff up the middle, cutting toward the sideline, and out-running South Florida’s speedy defense down the...

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