Illinois faces a tough schedule in coach Lovie Smith's first season, so a win against Purdue could create some early momentum.
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The collection of coaching acumen in the Big Ten East is astounding. Mark Dantonio has a leg up on his competition in at least one area.
The Big Ten-SEC rivalry is real, but many Big Ten officials don't view the two leagues as diametrically opposed, even if it's how they're portrayed.
As Big Ten teams settle into the offseason, questions from fans focus on some new faces on the sidelines and Wisconsin's tough schedule.
The last month of the regular season is going to be a stiff test for Lovie Smith's first team with the program.
All five of the Big Ten's safeties played in a much different era, led by a Buckeyes great who was perhaps the hardest hitter of them all.
Headed by a college and NFL legend, the Big Ten's all-time best linebackers are ridiculously talented and accomplished.
Archie Griffin has two Heismans, but can he beat out Red Grange or Ran Dayne for the top spot in the top-5 Big Ten running backs of all-time?
It should come as no surprise that Jim Harbaugh is quickly taking Michigan's quarterback situation from a weakness to a strength.
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In the spirit of conference expansion chatter, our Ryan McGee has an idea. He shook up the Big Ten, added four schools and juggled the divisions to help create a more balanced CFB map. Which teams are in the new East and West? Flipping the field
Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer
Between the ESPN networks and BTN, Big Ten-scheduled night kickoffs in 2016 feature Nebraska in a league-high five games, followed by Ohio State (4), Northwestern, Iowa and Penn State (3), Michigan State, Wisconsin, Michigan and Rutgers (2), Illinois, Indiana, Maryland and Minnesota (1).
Despite suffering two key injuries to offensive playmakers, Illinois appeared to have a productive spring as the team adapted to Lovie Smith's system.
After signing a top-five class in 2016, Ohio State has take the lead in the Big Ten with the 2017 class.
The University of Illinois will begin the search for a new mascot nine years after it retired Chief Illiniwek under pressure from the NCAA.
Highlights: Clayton Fejedelem
The Bengals added another defensive back in Round 7, taking the former Illini safety. Check out some of Fejedelem's best highlights.
Highlights: Ted Karras
To close out the sixth round, the Patriots grabbed the Illinois product, a great nephew of Lions great Alex Karras. Check out some of Ted Karras' best highlights.
Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer
Jihad Ward had a great week at the Senior Bowl. Physical, strong at the point of attack. Think he can bump inside and produce some interior pressure. More defensive help for the Raiders.
Kiper scouting report: Jihad Ward
Get to know the newest Raider, No. 44 overall pick Jihad Ward. Mel Kiper Jr. breaks down the former Illinois defensive end.
Round 2: Ward best fit for Broncos at 63
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Running back Ke'Shawn Vaughn should be able to back up a strong freshman season given the lack of RB competition and a more run-oriented offense.
Illinois' Dawuane Smoot, a former high school hurdler, has clearly defined goals this fall: Reach double-digit sacks and be a first-round NFL pick.
Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer
Illinois defensive coordinator Hardy Nickerson said today his son, Hardy, will join the Illini as a graduate transfer linebacker in July after finishing summer school at Cal. "We had a chance to talk about two weeks ago and had a pretty good discussion," the elder Nickerson said. "It was totally his decision. He wanted to make the change and come here. ... He's a leader and he has a knack for just making plays." The younger Nickerson knows the scheme as he played in a version of it for his father as a high school player.
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