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Writing Illini 20 hours ago

Illinois Basketball: 2023 PG Jeremiah Johnson receives Illini offer

The Illinois basketball program continues to build for the future, as they offered point guard Jeremiah Johnson from the 2023 class. The recruiting train keeps on rolling for Illinois, as they offered Jeremiah Johnson from the 2023 class this past Tuesday. Johnson, a 6-foot-5,160-pound point guard, hails from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and attends Putnam City […] Illinois Basketball: 2023 PG Jeremiah Johnson receives Illini offer - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Writing Illini 20 hours ago

Illinois Football: Illini players who stood out against Wisconsin

While the Illinois football team did struggle on Friday night, there were a few players who impressed me. Let me first start off with the player of the game and that goes to Tarique Barnes. The 6-foot-1 linebacker didn’t have the hype that some of the other Illinois linebackers had coming into this season, but […] Illinois Football: Illini players who stood out against Wisconsin - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Writing Illini 21 hours ago

Illinois Football: 3 observations from the Illini loss to Wisconsin

The Illinois football team went up to Madison and got their butts handed to them by the Wisconsin Badgers This was a game that many Illinois fans thought the program could win. Coming off a 2019 campaign that featured six wins and a bowl game appearance, the expectations were higher this year than ever before. […] Illinois Football: 3 observations from the Illini loss to Wisconsin - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
The Champaign Room Oct 23, 2020
Tarique Barnes’s scoop and score puts Illinois on the board for the first time in 2020

Tarique Barnes’s scoop and score puts Illinois on the board for the first time in 2020

Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports Barnes stepped in for Hansen who went out with an injury in the first quarter. For the first time since Reggie Corbin’s 6-yard touchdown run against Cal last season in the Redbox Bowl, an Illini has found the endzone. And the first touchdown of the 2020-21 season goes to... Tarique Barnes! Barnes forced the fumble on Wisconsin’s Jake Ferguson, recovered and returned for 39-yards. The sophomore stepped in for Jake Hansen, who left earlier in the game. pic.twitter.com/HzKUcU1EHl— IllinoisLoyalty (@IllinoisLoyalty) October 24, 2020 The Illini trail...
Writing Illini Oct 23, 2020

Illinois Football: Expectations for Marquez Beason in 2020

Another long-awaited debut, one of the shining stars in the recruiting process under Lovie Smith, Marquez Beason, is ready to hit the field with the Illinois football team. The former Duncanville standout came to Champaign with extremely high promise, and now he is ready to prove his stock in 2020. To lead, Beason is potentially the top […] Illinois Football: Expectations for Marquez Beason in 2020 - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Writing Illini Oct 23, 2020

Illinois Football: Illini snubbed on latest top five position lists

Pro Football Focus College put out their top five Big Ten players at every position, and I believe the Illinois football team was snubbed in more than one category. The first category I take a little issue with is at wide receiver. The top five wide receivers on the PFFC top five include Rashod Bateman, […] Illinois Football: Illini snubbed on latest top five position lists - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
The Champaign Room Oct 23, 2020
Know Your Opponent: Wisconsin Badgers

Know Your Opponent: Wisconsin Badgers

Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports IT’S FINALLY HERE. Fighting Illini football is back, baby! The Orange & Blue kickoff the season in Madison on Friday night. Illinois has a daunting task in trying to upset Wisconsin in the season opener. Paul Chryst enters year six as head coach of the Badgers, who are coming off a B1G West championship and a Rose Bowl berth. Wisconsin is again the preseason favorite in the division and return plenty of talent from last season’s 10-win team. Illinois will aim to shock the nation for the second straight year, while the Badgers seek to erase 2019’s...
The Champaign Room Oct 23, 2020
How to Watch Illinois at Wisconsin: Game Time, TV Channel, Online Streaming & Odds

How to Watch Illinois at Wisconsin: Game Time, TV Channel, Online Streaming & Odds

Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports IT’S (FINALLY) GAMEDAY! How to Watch Illinois (0-0) at Wisconsin (0-0) Game Time: 7 p.m. TV Channel: Big Ten Network Online Streaming: BTNPlus Radio: All Illinois football games air live on radio in the Champaign (WDWS 1400) and Chicago markets (WLS 890). The game is also broadcasted on other stations throughout the state; check the Fighting Illini Radio Network for more information. Odds: Illinois (+19.5), O/U 51.5 Quick Hits: Illinois Fighting Illini Head Coach: Lovie Smith (15-34) 2019 Record: 6-7 (4-5 Big Ten), Lost in Redbox Bowl to Cal Find out...
The Champaign Room Oct 22, 2020
PODCAST: Oskee Talk Episode 140 - Gameday preview

PODCAST: Oskee Talk Episode 140 - Gameday preview

Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports We preview the Illini defense and upcoming game against Wisconsin. On this episode of Oskee Talk, we preview the defense including defensive line, secondary, and linebackers. We hear from Jake Hansen and Brandon Peters in their latest press conference. We finish off the episode with our Illini of the week.
Writing Illini Oct 22, 2020

Illinois Basketball: 2023 PF Owen Freeman receives Illini offer

Brad Underwood and the Illinois basketball coaching staff continue to stay aggressive after offering another scholarship to a 2023 power forward. Owen Freeman is the latest member of the 2023 class to receive a scholarship offer from Illinois.  Freeman announced the news via Twitter Sunday.  The Illini are Freeman’s first offer. Thankful to Coach Coleman […] Illinois Basketball: 2023 PF Owen Freeman receives Illini offer - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Writing Illini Oct 22, 2020

Illinois Football: Verdis Brown tabbed as starting guard for Illini

Verdis Brown was named the starter at the right guard position earlier this week for the Illinois football team. The Illini had yet to name the starter at right guard before the 2020 football season. On Tuesday, head coach Lovie Smith named Brown the starter at the position. I am excited for Brown to finally […] Illinois Football: Verdis Brown tabbed as starting guard for Illini - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Writing Illini Oct 22, 2020

Illinois Football: 3 keys for the Illini to beat the Wisconsin Badgers

Illinois football fans are still reminiscing about the amazing victory over the No. 6 ranked Wisconsin Badgers back in 2019. This was one of the greatest upsets in school history. A 2-4 Illinois program was down 20-7 in the second half against a national title contending Badgers team. This wasn’t supposed to happen. The Illini […] Illinois Football: 3 keys for the Illini to beat the Wisconsin Badgers - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Writing Illini Oct 21, 2020

Illinois Football: Preview of the Illini offense against Wisconsin

The Illinois football offense is going to need to be ready for a Wisconsin defense that is going to bring pressure. Illinois beating Wisconsin last season was huge, but that victory doesn’t count for their 2020 record. This is a whole new year and the focus needs to be on beating the Badgers again. The […] Illinois Football: Preview of the Illini offense against Wisconsin - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Writing Illini Oct 21, 2020

Illinois Basketball: 2021’s RJ Melendez receives offer from Illini

With under a month to go before the season begins, the Illinois basketball team continues its recruiting pursuit, offering small forward RJ Melendez. Melendez becomes the Illini’s latest offer to-date, as the team is still awaiting word on highly-touted 2021 prospect, Bryce Hopkins, and his eventual landing spot for next season. Melendez is a 6-foot-5 […] Illinois Basketball: 2021’s RJ Melendez receives offer from Illini - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
The Champaign Room Oct 21, 2020
What’s really at stake this season anyways?

What’s really at stake this season anyways?

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports It’s a loaded question. I still can’t believe Lovie Smith coaches the Illinois Fighting Illini. Like, at this point, we’ve all come to terms with it. And Lovie by no means is one of the sexiest minds — or at this point, names — in the world of football. But having grown up a lifelong Bears fan and seeing them in the Super Bowl just shy of my 10th birthday, Lovie was a god. And he coaches my team! And I covered that team! It’s nuts! Nonetheless, I’ve called for his firing several times. Probably after the loss to Rutgers a few years back....

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    Tarique Barnes

    Tarique Barnes’s scoop and score puts Illinois on the board for the first time in 2020

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    Brandon Peters

    PODCAST: Oskee Talk Episode 140 - Gameday preview

  • Jake Hansen

    Jake Hansen

    Tarique Barnes’s scoop and score puts Illinois on the board for the first time in 2020

  • Milo Eifler

    Milo Eifler

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  • Ayo Dosunmu

    Ayo Dosunmu

    Illinois Basketball: Ayo Dosunmu makes preseason All-American list

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