Everything about this game was strange, starting with a matchup of bottom-of-the-barrel teams taking place in a national CBS telecast on a Sunday.
Luke Altmyer threw for two touchdowns. Miles Scott returned an interception 48 yards for a score, and the Illini squeezed out the win in a back-and-forth game to start coach Bret Bielema’s third season.
Sam Hartman passed for 194 yards and two touchdowns, and Notre Dame’s defense didn’t allow a touchdown for a second straight game.
Also, we asked how Illinois will fare coming off an 8-5 season.
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The Illini have the roster and the momentum to swing for the fences in the lesser, and very winnable, division.
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Six days before the Wildcats’ opener at Rutgers, Braun explained — poorly — that he was taking the completely unusual step of barring players from interviews during a game week.
The Fighting Irish scored at will by air and on the ground against the Midshipmen, improving to 3-0 all-time against Navy in Dublin games.
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Josh, the Illini’s starting center, and James, a redshirt freshman linebacker, are the sons of six-time Pro Bowler Olin Kreutz.
Already an iconic brand in the United States, Notre Dame gets an opportunity to grow internationally when it takes on Navy in Dublin on Saturday.
A suspension would take Harbaugh off the sideline for the second-ranked Wolverines’ home games against East Carolina, UNLV and Bowling Green.
Altmyer transferred to Illinois in January after two seasons at Mississippi, where he started one game and appeared in three others last season.
“I don’t really think about being old,” the campus celebrity who has captured the hearts of those in Chicago and beyond told the Chicago Sun-Times in an interview.
Which name goes on the Illini’s QB1 line will speak volumes.
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More than 1,000 former Wildcats athletes signed an open letter.
Former Northwestern football coach Pat Fitzgerald is a volunteer assistant at Loyola Academy this season
Ryan Fitzgerald, a junior, will be the Ramblers’ starting quarterback this season.
Last season, for the first time since 2016, the Fighting Irish failed to win at least 10 games.
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There’s too much groupthink and mimicry, as the Northwestern scandal shows.
Losing four of the final five games last season, including the ReliaQuest Bowl against Mississippi State, left a sour taste for the Illini.
Tempel Lipizzans — extremely rare, highly trained horses expected to be sold in wake of Illinois show’s closure