2021 Schedule

2021 Schedule
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128dHarry Lyles

Big Ten rivalries return to traditional spot in '21

The Big Ten Conference released its revised football schedule for the 2021 season, and it will return its traditional rivalry games -- including Ohio State-Michigan -- to the final week of the regular season.

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Illinois is hiring Missouri defensive coordinator Ryan Walters for the same role, sources told ESPN on Wednesday. New Fighting Illini coach Bret Bielema picked Walters, who has been Missouri's primary defensive coordinator the past three seasons after two years in a co-coordinator role. Walters joined the Missouri staff in 2015 after stints at Memphis, North Texas, Oklahoma and Alabama. Football Scoop first reported Walters' move to Illinois.

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KJZ Hour 4: What happens with Wentz?

The guys discuss Jalen Hurts' successful first NFL start and why Doug Pederson won't just name him the starter right away. Louis Riddick joins to preview tonight's Monday Night Football matchup between the Browns & Ravens.

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182dAdam Rittenberg

Who will Illinois hire to replace Lovie Smith?

Recent football history has not been kind to the Illini, but the team has a chance to turn things around with the right hire. Which direction will the program go?

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After its 28-10 win vs. Illinois Saturday for the Land of Lincoln Trophy, Northwestern trails UI 55-54-5 all-time in the rivalry that began with 16-16 & 0-0 ties in 1892-3. If NU wins the next one, the series'll be tied for the first time since 1970. NU's 6-game win streak is its longest vs. the Illini, who have had two 7-win runs vs. NU. The Big Ten West champion Wildcats (6-1) have their 10th 6-win conference season, including 4 in the last 6 years.

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197dHeather Dinich

Ohio State-Illinois off as Buckeyes' cases climb

No. 4 Ohio State on Friday night canceled Saturday's football game at Illinois, citing more positive tests for COVID-19 in the Buckeyes' program.

Illinois gets late interception to set up winning FG (0:41)
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Team Stats

Passing Yards152.9114th
Rushing Yards196.135th
Points For20.1126th
Points Against34.931st