Illinois hasn’t had much success on the field the last four years, winning a combined 16 games and has been to one bowl since 2011. That lack of success has followed in the NFL draft, as the Fighting Illini have had just four picks total in the last four years.
You may not have noticed. But a big change has taken place in college football: recruits now can take official visits in the spring.
On Wednesday, the Big Ten football head coaches joined the Big Ten teleconference to take questions from the media. We’ve posted the audio for each coach on the call here:
New Illinois offensive coordinator Rod Smith has spent time in the Big Ten before, and now he's determined to turn around the Illinois offense.
I examined the quarterback situations for each Big Ten East team earlier. Now, let’s scrutinize the quarterbacks in the Big Ten West.
Illinois remains a work in progress under Lovie Smith, as the first two seasons with Smith haven’t brought much success. In fact, things got worse last season. Smith debuted with a 3-9 record (2-7 Big Ten) in 2016. Last season, the Fighting Illini went 2-10 (0-9).
Nebraska led the way with 10 signings on Wednesday. Ohio State and Illinois each inked five players. Every school signed at least one player on Wednesday expect for Minnesota, which inked none.
Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Ohio State has the top recruiting class in the Big Ten. It’s the seventh consecutive year the Buckeyes have sat on top of the Big Ten recruiting board, which just happens to parallel the arrival of Urban Meyer in Columbus.
Fifteen former Big Ten stars are on the active roster for Super Bowl LII. Five-time Super Bowl champion and former Michigan QB Tom Brady highlights the collection of one-time Big Ten standouts. The future Hall of Famer is making his eighth Super Bowl appearance.
The college football season was punctuated with an exhilarating national championship game on Monday. Now, all eyes point toward next season. Questions loom for all programs. Here are 18 big ones—for 2018--facing the Big Ten.