Illini Football 2024

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TentakilRex

Land O Insects between Quincy-Macomb-Jacksonville
Drinkwitz could dress like this on the sideline as the long as that NIL money flows....

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And? That’s not changed. How did that discrepancy affect the game two years ago? That’s a big factor to be sure but experience and team chemistry counts as well. We are a well coached team. Illinois will win this game.
I agree Bobby Z. Mark Michigan as an upset. Like him or not, harbaugh is a great coach and losing him will become apparant. Not sure if the wheels will totally come off like under richrod or hoke, but they will not be close to what they were last year for the foreseeable future.
 
#56      
Love the additions of J.C. Davis and Franklin to this year's offense. Will this be the breakout year for the offense? Aside from scoring points, I'll be looking closely at 3rd down conversion rates. Bielema wants an offense with a strong run game to control the ball with extended drives and to keep the offense in 3rd and manageable. The Illini offense has failed to do that through his first 3 years. To be fair, Illini football hasn't really had many good 3rd down conversion rates outside of Scheelhaase's senior year and Juice William's sophomore and junior years.

2021 - 37.99% (ranked 76th)
2022 - 37.21% (81st)
2023 - 36.02% (89th)
 
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Love the additions of J.C. Davis and Franklin to this year's offense. Will this be the breakout year for the offense? Aside from scoring points, I'll be looking closely at 3rd down conversion rates. Bielema wants an offense with a strong run game to control the ball with extended drives and to keep the offense in 3rd and manageable. The Illini offense has failed to do that through his first 3 years. To be fair, Illini football hasn't really had many good 3rd down conversion rates outside of Scheelhaase's senior year and Juice William's sophomore and junior years.

2021 - 37.99% (ranked 76th)
2022 - 37.21% (81st)
2023 - 36.02% (89th)
I know fan perception is obviously more subjective than hard data like this, but MAN ... I still have PTSD that it seemed like the 2022 team was so good and so fun to watch and then they would stall on 3rd down inside the opponent's 25. If they could have bumped that #81 up to #50, how many more games could we have won that year??
 
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I know fan perception is obviously more subjective than hard data like this, but MAN ... I still have PTSD that it seemed like the 2022 team was so good and so fun to watch and then they would stall on 3rd down inside the opponent's 25. If they could have bumped that #81 up to #50, how many more games could we have won that year??
Agreed. That 8-5 team had the talent to win every single one of those losses.
 
#60      
I have season tickets again this upcoming year (year 20...! because I enjoy torture...). However, as the kids have gotten older and involved in more weekend sports, and as my role as AD at my school expands with larger enrollment, I know there are two games my family will be unable to attend this year. I would prefer to just give the tickets away or donate them or something for those two games since I really just want the stadium full, people to enjoy the atmosphere, and it's not like my $15 horseshoe seats are all that sweet. :LOL:

Is there a preferred method to do this? Thanks in advance!
 
#61      
I think you are on it! If gifting them is the goal, you are sure to find takers on here. While donating them would be more noble, I just don't see how a B&G Club or some other such entity is going to make use of 2-4 tickets, I could be wrong on that though. Another option, if you are in the CU area give them to a local bar/Charity/school, etc.... to use as raffle prizes. That would require you to know far enough in advance that you won't use them.
 
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Love the additions of J.C. Davis and Franklin to this year's offense. Will this be the breakout year for the offense? Aside from scoring points, I'll be looking closely at 3rd down conversion rates. Bielema wants an offense with a strong run game to control the ball with extended drives and to keep the offense in 3rd and manageable. The Illini offense has failed to do that through his first 3 years. To be fair, Illini football hasn't really had many good 3rd down conversion rates outside of Scheelhaase's senior year and Juice William's sophomore and junior years.

2021 - 37.99% (ranked 76th)
2022 - 37.21% (81st)
2023 - 36.02% (89th)
The image of failing to score on 4th and 1 inch against Nebraska is seared in my mind. Converting from 1-2 yards up the middle is a must
 
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I know fan perception is obviously more subjective than hard data like this, but MAN ... I still have PTSD that it seemed like the 2022 team was so good and so fun to watch and then they would stall on 3rd down inside the opponent's 25. If they could have bumped that #81 up to #50, how many more games could we have won that year??

I have ptsd from all the blown coverages last year or when we played in a soft shell. The Wisconsin play with Strain is stuck in my head
 
#65      
I have season tickets again this upcoming year (year 20...! because I enjoy torture...). However, as the kids have gotten older and involved in more weekend sports, and as my role as AD at my school expands with larger enrollment, I know there are two games my family will be unable to attend this year. I would prefer to just give the tickets away or donate them or something for those two games since I really just want the stadium full, people to enjoy the atmosphere, and it's not like my $15 horseshoe seats are all that sweet. :LOL:

Is there a preferred method to do this? Thanks in advance!
To donate - check out @Tickets4KidsILL on twitter, I have donated my tickets through him before, details are in a pinned post on his profile. Or I have also given them to a local sports organization in my community to raffle off as AZILL mentioned.
 
#66      
I have ptsd from all the blown coverages last year or when we played in a soft shell. The Wisconsin play with Strain is stuck in my head
That loss in particular pretty well torpedoed the season and was a huge step back, as far as the momentum of two straight bowl games goes. There have been too many of those the past two years. Gotta start closing some of those types of games to take the next step.
 
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That loss in particular pretty well torpedoed the season and was a huge step back, as far as the momentum of two straight bowl games goes. There have been too many of those the past two years. Gotta start closing some of those types of games to take the next step.

Nebraska, Wisconsin and northwestern we found ways to lose the game. We weren’t prepared for the Purdue game. It’s disappointing that we had a generational talent like Johnny and still couldn’t get bowl eligible. Pass coverage was obviously a weakness last year. Why not be more aggressive and blitz? We were already giving up big plays when we sat in the base defense.
 
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I have season tickets again this upcoming year (year 20...! because I enjoy torture...). However, as the kids have gotten older and involved in more weekend sports, and as my role as AD at my school expands with larger enrollment, I know there are two games my family will be unable to attend this year. I would prefer to just give the tickets away or donate them or something for those two games since I really just want the stadium full, people to enjoy the atmosphere, and it's not like my $15 horseshoe seats are all that sweet. :LOL:

Is there a preferred method to do this? Thanks in advance!
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Champaign County will almost certainly take them.
 
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Nebraska, Wisconsin and northwestern we found ways to lose the game. We weren’t prepared for the Purdue game. It’s disappointing that we had a generational talent like Johnny and still couldn’t get bowl eligible. Pass coverage was obviously a weakness last year. Why not be more aggressive and blitz? We were already giving up big plays when we sat in the base defense.
The 1995 team had 2 generational talents in Rice and Hardy and still failed to make a bowl game. I guess we need 3 to make a bowl game.
 
#72      

redwingillini11

White and Sixth
North Aurora





FOR THE LOVE OF GOD CANCEL THE MIZNOZ SERIES. I wouldn't mind canceling Duke too but I'll take what I can get.
 
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I guess I am the last man standing that wishes the Mizzou series would stick around, but I will admit I am likely stuck in the past. The football rivalry could have been what the basketball rivalry is in another world, but unfortunately with the way our schedule is set up going forward, I will likely have to accept that making a bowl is priority #1, and it will not pay off to schedule series like Mizzou until we are way better (if it ever does pay off, that is).
 
#74      

redwingillini11

White and Sixth
North Aurora
I guess I am the last man standing that wishes the Mizzou series would stick around, but I will admit I am likely stuck in the past. The football rivalry could have been what the basketball rivalry is in another world, but unfortunately with the way our schedule is set up going forward, I will likely have to accept that making a bowl is priority #1, and it will not pay off to schedule series like Mizzou until we are way better (if it ever does pay off, that is).
I'd absolutely love having a special football rivalry game with them. But we need to do everything we can to get to 6 wins every year, especially in this next chunk of time where the ultimate powers decide who will get to survive in the Power 2 or get an invite to the Power 2 breakaway.
 
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