2016 schedule analysis: Illinois Fighting Illini

Sep 5, 2015; Champaign, IL, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini quarterback Wes Lunt (12) throws a pass at Memorial Stadium. Illinois beat Kent State 52-3.  Mandatory Credit: Mike Granse-USA TODAY Sports

Wes Lunt reacts to Lovie Smith hiring

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Tumult has defined Illinois in the last 10 months. The program is on its third head coach in less than a year as the Fighting Illini search for just their fourth bowl since 2007. But hope is running over with the hiring by new A.D. Josh Whitman, who subsequently tabbed former NFL coach Lovie Smith to run the program.

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Dienhart: Iowa Hawkeyes' offseason to-do list

Sep 26, 2015; Iowa City, IA, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes head coach Kirk Ferentz congratulates quarterback C.J. Beathard (16) and wide receiver Riley McCarron (83) during the second quarter against the North Texas Mean Green at Kinnick Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Watch our Iowa spring scrimmage highlights

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Iowa is coming off a season of glory in which it raced to a school-record 12-0 start before losing its final two games of the season in falling in the Big Ten title game and the Rose Bowl. Still, Kirk Ferentz has a lot to build on moving into his 18th year on the job.

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