2019 Illinois Fighting Illini football team

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
2019 Illinois Fighting Illini football
Illinois Fighting Illini logo.svg
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
DivisionWest Division
2019 record0–0 (0–0 Big Ten)
Head coachLovie Smith (4th season)
Offensive coordinatorRod Smith (2nd season)
Defensive coordinatorLovie Smith
Home stadiumMemorial Stadium
(Capacity: 60,670)
Seasons
← 2018
2020 →
2019 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
Indiana   0 0         0 0  
Maryland   0 0         0 0  
Michigan   0 0         0 0  
Michigan State   0 0         0 0  
Ohio State   0 0         0 0  
Penn State   0 0         0 0  
Rutgers   0 0         0 0  
West Division
Illinois   0 0         0 0  
Iowa   0 0         0 0  
Minnesota   0 0         0 0  
Nebraska   0 0         0 0  
Northwestern   0 0         0 0  
Purdue   0 0         0 0  
Wisconsin   0 0         0 0  
Championship: December 7, 2019
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
As of July 19, 2019; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2019 Illinois Fighting Illini football team will represent the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in the 2019 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Fighting Illini will play their home games at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Illinois, and will compete in the West Division of the Big Ten Conference. They will be led by fourth-year head coach Lovie Smith.

Previous season[edit]

The 2018 team finished the season 4–8, 2–7 in Big Ten play to finish in last place in the West Division.

Preseason[edit]

Award watch lists[edit]

Listed in the order that they were released

Award Player Position Year
Maxwell Award[1] Reggie Corbin RB SR

Preseason Big Ten poll[edit]

Although the Big Ten Conference has not held an official preseason poll since 2010, Cleveland.com has polled sports journalists representing all member schools as a de facto preseason media poll since 2011. For the 2019 poll, Illinois was projected to finish in last in the West Division.[2]

Media poll (West Division)
Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 Nebraska 198 (14)
2 Iowa 194.5 (14)
3 Wisconsin 172.5 (4)
4 Northwestern 142.5 (1)
5 Purdue 110.5
6 Minnesota 100 (1)
7 Illinois 34

Schedule[edit]

Illinois' 2019 schedule will begin with three non-conference games, starting with Akron of the Mid-American Conference at home, a road game to UConn of the American Athletic Conference, and then at home again for Eastern Michigan of the Mid-American Conference. In Big Ten Conference play, Illinois will play all members of the West Division and draws Michigan, Rutgers, and Michigan State from the East Division.

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
August 3111:00 a.m.Akron*BTN
September 72:30 p.m.at UConn*CBSSN
September 1411:00 a.m.Eastern Michigan*
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
BTN
September 21Nebraska
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
October 52:30 p.m./3:00 p.m.at Minnesota
October 12Michigan
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL (series)
ABC/ESPN/ESPN2
October 1911:00 a.m.Wisconsindagger
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
October 26at Purdue
November 2Rutgers
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
November 9at Michigan State
November 23at Iowa
November 30Northwestern

Source:[3]

Game summaries[edit]

Akron[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Zips 0
Fighting Illini 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 Sep. 21, 1996 W, 38–7

at UConn[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Fighting Illini 0
Huskies 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Eastern Michigan[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 0
Fighting Illini 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Nebraska[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Cornhuskers 0
Fighting Illini 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–12–1 Nov. 10, 2018 L, 35–54

at Minnesota[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Fighting Illini 0
Golden Gophers 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
30–38–3 Nov. 3, 2018 W, 55–31

Michigan[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Wolverines 0
Fighting Illini 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
23–70–2 Oct. 22, 2016 L, 8–41

Wisconsin[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Badgers 0
Fighting Illini 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
35–42–8 Oct. 20, 2018 L, 20–49

at Purdue[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Fighting Illini 0
Boilermakers 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
44–44–6 Oct. 13, 2018 L, 7–46

Rutgers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Scarlet Knights 0
Fighting Illini 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–2 Oct. 6, 2018 W, 38–17

at Michigan State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Fighting Illini 0
Spartans 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
18–26–2 Nov. 5, 2016 W, 31–27

at Iowa[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Fighting Illini 0
Hawkeyes 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
38–34–2 Nov. 17, 2018 L, 0–63

Northwestern[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 0
Fighting Illini 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
55–52–5 Nov. 24, 2018 L, 16–24

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2019 Maxwell Award Watch List". July 15, 2019. Retrieved July 15, 2019.
  2. ^ Lesmerises, Doug (July 18, 2019). "Michigan named Big Ten football favorite in cleveland.com 2019 preseason poll". Cleveland.com.
  3. ^ "2019 Illinois Football Schedule". FBSchedules.com. Retrieved February 14, 2019.