2015 ScheduleAll times ET

2015 Schedule
5-7, 5th in Big Ten - West
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16hJesse Temple

Must-win game: Illinois Fighting Illini

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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7dTravis Haney

How Dantonio outranks Meyer, Harbaugh

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.

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13dAdam Rittenberg

Big Ten officials downplay SEC rivalry

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.

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19dMitch Sherman

Ranking the Big Ten's top 5 all-time safeties

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.

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21dJosh Moyer

Ranking the Big Ten's top 5 all-time RBs

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?


How B1G could a new Big Ten be?

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).

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28dTom VanHaaren

ESPN 300: Where the Big Ten stands

After signing a top-five class in 2016, Ohio State has take the lead in the Big Ten with the 2017 class.


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.

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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

Our Insiders take a look at how tonight's Round 2 should play out if every team was drafting purely for best fit. They think Denver should draft DE Jihad Ward, who can help fill the void left by the departure of Malik Jackson. Round 2 best fits mock draft (Insider)

Kiper: Jihad Ward has enjoyed meteoric rise (0:37)

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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