Northwestern 24, Illinois 16 POSTGAME

#12
Did anybody catch what Fitzgerald said after the game? Something along the lines of We planned to win the game while limiting our offensive exposure.
Yep. Basically said that he limited their scheme and play calling to avoid putting certain guys in situations that increase the risk of injury. It felt like a "we would have beaten them by a lot more if we had tried" kind of moment
 
#13
It is so poetic that a senior, Del'Shawn Phillips, is the one to get an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty that wraps up the season.
 
#23
CU Expat
Chicago
Post-mortem: Weird season. At times, it felt like were were making progress: USF, Rutgers, Minnesota. Others times it felt like we regressed from the Beckman era: Purdue, Maryland, Iowa.

Where does that leave us? I think there's enough young talent on this roster to make a bowl game next year, especially if one of the QBs steps up. But how much attrition will there be? Can we hold on to some of our best recruits? How will Lovie on the hot-seat next year effect recruiting?

More questions than answers right now.
 
#24
Naperville
Sigh.

What a tough year. I expected 4 wins this year but the path we traveled to get to 4-8 was among the most painful and drama filled I've encountered as an Illinois fan. There's just little to no hope for this team/program at the moment.

There better be a couple of dynamite defensive coaching hires this off season.

Adding graduate transfers/JUCOs who can catch the ball would be nice as well in addition to some guys who can have an impact on the Defensive side of the ball.

The fact that this OL held together for the entire season is quite amazing since things get really dicey after our starting 5. I'm really going to miss Allegretti.
 
#25
Naperville
Post-mortem: Weird season. At times, it felt like were were making progress: USF, Rutgers, Minnesota. Others times it felt like we regressed from the Beckman era: Purdue, Maryland, Iowa.

Where does that leave us? I think there's enough young talent on this roster to make a bowl game next year, especially if one of the QBs steps up. But how much attrition will there be? Can we hold on to some of our best recruits? How will Lovie on the hot-seat next year effect recruiting?

More questions than answers right now.
2020 recruiting is going to be a disaster. Most classes are close to filled up before the season starts so a lot of recruits are judging us based on what they saw this year.

It's projected to be a small class but it may be a lost cause (see Kansas) even if Lovie is fired during the season.