University of Illinois
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University of Illinois Fighting Illini

Team History

A charter member of what would become the Big Ten Conference, the Illinois Fighting Illini first played football in 1890. Illinois has earned 5 National Championships and 15 Big Ten titles, with 7 coming during the Bob Zuppke era from 1914-1928. The Illini most recent conference championship was in 2001.

Memorial Stadium replaced Illinois Field in 1923. The stadium was a tribute to the University alums who gave their life in WWI, and in 2002 a rededication was made to those that died during WWII. The stadium capacity is now at 60,670 and fans have been witness to 24 Consensus All Americans, most notably Red Grange and Dick Butkus.

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Big Ten Facts

  • Seasons as a member: 119
  • Big Ten Championships: 15
  • Championship Frequency: 1 every 7.9 years
  • Rose Bowl Appearances: 5
  • Rose Bowl Wins: 3
  • Chicago Tribune Silver Football Winners: 7
  • Coach of the Year Recipients: Mike White, John Mackovic (2), Ron Turner, Ron Zook
Fighting Illini Team History

icon-illinoisA charter member of what would become the Big Ten Conference, the Illinois Fighting Illini first played football in 1890. Illinois has earned 5 National Championships and 15 Big Ten titles, with 7 coming during the Bob Zuppke era from 1914-1928. The Illini most recent conference championship was in 2001.

Memorial Stadium replaced Illinois Field in 1923. The stadium was a tribute to the University alums who gave their life in WWI, and in 2002 a rededication was made to those that died during WWII. The stadium capacity is now at 60,670 and fans have been witness to 24 Consensus All Americans, most notably Red Grange and Dick Butkus.

Big Ten Facts
  • Seasons as a member: 119
  • Big Ten Championships: 15
  • Championship Frequency: 1 every 7.9 years
  • Rose Bowl Appearances: 5
  • Rose Bowl Wins: 3
  • Chicago Tribune Silver Football Winners: 7
  • Coach of the Year Recipients: Mike White, John Mackovic (2), Ron Turner, Ron Zook