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2021 Illinois Fighting Illini Football Preview

Illinois Fighting Illini football preview
Illinois Fighting Illini football preview

Illinois Fighting Illini

2020 Record: 2-6

Recruiting

5 ⭐ ………. 0

4 ⭐………. 0

3 ⭐………. 17

Rank:  70

2020

The Illini weren’t terrible offensively, but the D under Lovie Smith was an epic failure. He did recruit farely well though, so they shouldn’t have been as bad as they were.

2021

Here’s what you need to know about Brett Bielema: he’s a running coach. When his teams run, they win. When they don’t, they don’t. Think Jim Harbaugh. That hasn’t succeeded in Ann Arbor, so is there any reason to think it will in Champaign? It won’t in 2021. The Illini are a pass first O, and the transition could get ugly at first.

If Things Go Well

7-5

This might be wishful thinking. The D just isn’t going to be much better, so it comes down to…. who can the Illini outscore? If Bielema can work with what he has this year before instituting wholesale philosophy changes, a bowl is realistic.

It They Don’t

2-10

If the transition goes badly, you could see a very bad year and a transfer portal exodus in 2022.

Prediction

3-9

UTSA and Charlotte should be fairly certain wins, and the Illini may steal a game in conference play… probably against Nebraska or Maryland.

Illinois Fighting Illini Football Schedule 2021

Saturday
Aug. 28
Nebraska Cornhuskers Concept HelmetNebraska CornhuskersBUY TICKETS
Saturday
Sep. 4
UTSA Roadrunners Concept HelmetUTSA Roadrunners BUY TICKETS
Saturday
Sep. 11
Virginia Cavaliers Concept Helmetat Virginia Cavaliers BUY TICKETS
Saturday
Sep. 18
Maryland Terrapins Concept HelmetMaryland Terrapins BUY TICKETS
Saturday
Sep. 25
Purdue Boilermakers Concept Helmetat Purdue Boilermakers BUY TICKETS
Saturday
Oct. 2
Charlotte 49ers Concept HelmetCharlotte 49ers BUY TICKETS
Saturday
Oct. 9
Wisconsin Badgers  BUY TICKETS
Saturday
Oct. 16
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Saturday
Oct. 23
Penn State Nittany Lions Concept Helmetat Penn State Nittany Lions BUY TICKETS
Saturday
Oct. 30
Rutgers Scarlet Knights BUY TICKETS
Saturday
Nov. 6
Minnesota Golden Gophers Concept Helmetat Minnesota Golden Gophers BUY TICKETS
Saturday
Nov. 20
Iowa Hawkeyes Concept Helmetat Iowa Hawkeyes
Saturday
Nov. 27
Northwestern Wildcats Concept HelmetNorthwestern Wildcats
Illinois Fighting Illini Football Schedule 2021

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