Illini Football & CFB 2020

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#53
Oswego, IL
So, we can play at Rutgers which is in NJ, but we can't play Illinois State(Around an hour from Champaign) and Bowling Green(Around 5 hours from Champaign)
Makes sense!
I think it has as much to do with it being easier to standardize certain practices in a single conference, more than anything.

That said it's most likely a moot point as there probably won't be a college football season.
 
#54
I just saw that about JT Daniels getting immediate eligibility. Luke Ford coming back to Champaign at least had a reason to come back to ILL. Everyone is correct the NCAA is a laughingstock. Either make any transfer eligible or not and has sit out.
 
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I just saw that about JT Daniels getting immediate eligibility. Luke Ford coming back to Champaign at least had a reason to come back to ILL. Everyone is correct the NCAA is a laughingstock. Either make any transfer eligible or not and has sit out.
NCAA was going to do that, but another committee or two has to bounce it around and consider how it may affect KU, Duke, and Kentucky and NC
 
#57
So, we can play at Rutgers which is in NJ, but we can't play Illinois State(Around an hour from Champaign) and Bowling Green(Around 5 hours from Champaign)
Makes sense!
It's more about being able to standardize testing, having everyone in the conference doing the same things, and controlling the schedule than it is about traveling a certain distance.
 
#58
It's more about being able to standardize testing, having everyone in the conference doing the same things, and controlling the schedule than it is about traveling a certain distance.
My guess is that it has something to with money as well. If all P5 conferences don't have to shell out for the non conference games, they're saving some coin in a tough year financially.
 
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My guess is that it has something to with money as well. If all P5 conferences don't have to shell out for the non conference games, they're saving some coin in a tough year financially.
Serious question, I'm no expert: do you think they lose money on non-conference games?

I just can't imagine that they do. Obviously there are big payouts, but there's also revenue. My guess is the revenue is more than the payout.
 
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Serious question, I'm no expert: do you think they lose money on non-conference games?

I just can't imagine that they do. Obviously there are big payouts, but there's also revenue. My guess is the revenue is more than the payout.
I don’t think we lose money on any games normally, but with limited fans this year, maybe. However, I think the bigger picture is securing as much TV money as possible. The conference games are why B1G payouts have went North of 50 million. They are trying to protect that as much as possible.
 
#64
I guess 4-6? Doesn't sound as nice as 7-5, but I it's basically the same performance in conference.
I tend to think you're probably right, and it certainly depends some on who the 10th opponent is and exactly how the wins and losses fall, but I don't think 4-6 is likely to represent a step forward for this team. That's probably beating Rutgers, Indiana, Northwestern and...one of Nebraska and Purdue? That's not better than last year, in the year we're supposed to see a big step forward. I will be disappointed with less than 5 wins in a 10 win conference season.
 
#65
South Carolina
I tend to think you're probably right, and it certainly depends some on who the 10th opponent is and exactly how the wins and losses fall, but I don't think 4-6 is likely to represent a step forward for this team. That's probably beating Rutgers, Indiana, Northwestern and...one of Nebraska and Purdue? That's not better than last year, in the year we're supposed to see a big step forward. I will be disappointed with less than 5 wins in a 10 win conference season.
I won't be happy with 4-6 either, but it's probably enough to retain Lovie depending on how those losses look.
 
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I tend to think you're probably right, and it certainly depends some on who the 10th opponent is and exactly how the wins and losses fall, but I don't think 4-6 is likely to represent a step forward for this team. That's probably beating Rutgers, Indiana, Northwestern and...one of Nebraska and Purdue? That's not better than last year, in the year we're supposed to see a big step forward. I will be disappointed with less than 5 wins in a 10 win conference season.
I sympathize with what you are saying. But I highly doubt 4 wins are what you are saying. My guess is that we make a major upset Or two and have a similar number of questionable losses if we have 4 wins.

I think 5 wins is improvement, 4 is good enough to stay. 6+ means Lovie is here for a decade +
 
#68
Since there probably won't be bowls/ conference championships anyway I wish we could play a 13 game conference schedule this year. It would be near impossible logistically but I want to play a round robin the way God intended.
if I were to guess. We won’t have a full partial season. Certain teams will need to cancel or the universities will close campuses it’s something
 
#72
For me personally, in the year with a Senior QB leading a great offensive line that has plenty of weapons, and a defense filled with players that have been with Lovie long enough to see his coaching ability, if we are not above .500 then I am ready to move on. WHICH WOULD REALLY SUCK
I agree with the sentiment, we need to show something this year. Unfortunately, with the way things are going it is hard to imagine how many different ways this could turn out. I’m also doubtful that this is the year to make coaching changes. On the basketball side there wasn’t much that happened after the tournament was cancelled, so after a strange shortened season, potentially stretched to the spring, programs short on cash... it would be a hard time to move on.
 
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if I were to guess. We won’t have a full partial season. Certain teams will need to cancel or the universities will close campuses it’s something
I agree, haven’t caught up on Werner podcasts, but he made a comment about someone from the B1G saying he was pessimistic. This whole conference only schedule seems like a Hail Mary to save the fall season.
 
#74
So this article says that some are pushing for a spring schedule, but it could cause a monumental financial loss or something to that affect. Why would moving to spring cost anything, other than the competition among different sports? With the current and expected rise in medical cases, it seems that if we even begin to play this fall, the season will be cut short at some point. Spring is not for football, I get it. But assuming we have a vaccine by winter, wouldn't a full season be the best solution?
 
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So this article says that some are pushing for a spring schedule, but it could cause a monumental financial loss or something to that affect. Why would moving to spring cost anything, other than the competition among different sports? With the current and expected rise in medical cases, it seems that if we even begin to play this fall, the season will be cut short at some point. Spring is not for football, I get it. But assuming we have a vaccine by winter, wouldn't a full season be the best solution?
I’m just guessing, but I’d say the TV money would likely be a fraction of typical fall schedule.
 
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