Illinois Fighting Illini
2020 Record: 2-6
5 ⭐ ……….
3 ⭐………. 17
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.
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
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
If the transition goes badly, you could see a very bad year and a transfer portal exodus in 2022.
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
|Nebraska Cornhuskers||BUY TICKETS|
|UTSA Roadrunners||BUY TICKETS|
|at Virginia Cavaliers||BUY TICKETS|
|Maryland Terrapins||BUY TICKETS|
|at Purdue Boilermakers||BUY TICKETS|
|Charlotte 49ers||BUY TICKETS|
|Wisconsin Badgers||BUY TICKETS|
|at Penn State Nittany Lions||BUY TICKETS|
|Rutgers Scarlet Knights||BUY TICKETS|
|at Minnesota Golden Gophers||BUY TICKETS|
|at Iowa Hawkeyes|
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