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Illinois Fighting Illini (2-6)


Sat. 12/5 Sat. 12/12 Sat. 12/19
vs. Iowa
L 21-35
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@ NW
L 10-28
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@ PSU
L 21-56
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New Illini coach Bielema says he doesn't want to wait to win

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) It's going on 40 days since Bret Bielema was announced as Illinois' football coach, and since then he has assembled a staff, met returning players, recruited new ones, persuaded a top player to pull his name out of the transfer portal and made the rounds getting to know administrators and alumni.

Bielema has no plans to slow down. The team started winter conditioning this week, and he still has to finalize a spring roster after he adds a couple more players to the 2021 recruiting class.

"I'm trying to get the best players so we can have the best team we possibly can this year," Bielema said Wednesday. "I'm not going to skip a step to get to where we want to be, but I'm trying to be good now. I don't want to wait three years from now. The way the rules are now, you can try to do that."

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Leaders
Passing Yards: B. Peters429
Passing TDs: I. Williams4
Rushing Yards: C. Brown540
Rushing TDs: M. Epstein4
Receiving Yards: J. Imatorbhebhe297
Receiving TDs: B. Hightower3
Interceptions: J. Hansen2
Schedule 2020
Date Opponent Result / Time
9/19 at Indiana Cancelled
10/23 at 14 Wisconsin L 7 - 45
10/31 vs. Purdue L 24 - 31
11/7 vs. Minnesota L 14 - 41
11/14 at Rutgers W 23 - 20
11/21 at Nebraska W 41 - 23
11/28 vs. 4 Ohio State Cancelled
12/5 vs. 19 Iowa L 21 - 35
12/12 at 14 Northwestern L 10 - 28
12/19 at Penn State L 21 - 56
Big Ten
East
  Conference Overall
3 Ohio State 5-0 7-1
11 Indiana 6-1 6-2
Penn State 4-5 4-5
Maryland 2-3 2-3
Rutgers 3-6 3-6
Michigan 2-4 2-4
Michigan State 2-5 2-5
West
  Conference Overall
14 Northwestern 6-1 7-2
15 Iowa 6-2 6-2
Wisconsin 3-3 4-3
Minnesota 3-4 3-4
Nebraska 3-5 3-5
Purdue 2-4 2-4
Illinois 2-6 2-6
Offense (FBS Rank)
Yards: 2792 (88)
Passing Yards: 1223 (104)
Rushing Yards: 1569 (52)
Points per game: 20.1 (111)
Yards per game: 349.0 (99)
Touchdowns: 19 (103)
Field Goals: 7 (81)
Defense (FBS Rank)
Yards: 3738 (70)
Passing Yards: 1897 (58)
Rushing Yards: 1841 (100)
Points per game: 34.9 (97)
Yards per game: 467.3 (114)
Touchdowns: 35 (89)
Field Goals: 7 (30)
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