2013: 4-8 (1-7 Big Ten)
Year 2 of the Tim Beckman era saw a two-game improvement over Year 1. The Illini were a better team overall last season although they didn’t fully take advantage of having a softer schedule where most of their tough Big Ten matchups were at home. They were both out at home by Wisconsin 56-32, Michigan State 42-3, and Ohio State 60-35 at home. Their only Big Ten win came at Purdue on November 23. They even lost their big matchup at Soldier Field here in Chicago against Washington. Nathan Scheelhaase closed out his career on a positive note, leaving the QB job up for either senior Reilly O’Toole or maybe even sophomore Aaron Bailey, a highly-touted recruit. Running back Josh Ferguson (1,314 total scrimmage yards, 11 touchdowns) returns, helping balance the loss of three of last year’s top four receivers. Defensive back Whitney Mercilus, cornerback Vontae Davis, and running back Rashard Mendenhall have all been drafted into and made an impact in the NFL in recent years. You won’t want to miss an early preview of a next great NFL player. Gold Coast Tickets has you covered!
The Illinois Fighting Illini football program is based in Champaign, Illinois. The Illini football program, a member of the Big Ten's new West division, has claimed 5 national titles since its creation in 1890, currently playing its home games at vibrantly orange Memorial Stadium since 1923. Twice-renovated Memorial Stadium is known for its passionate support from U of I’s enormous student body. The Illini play trophy games in their season: against longstanding rival Northwestern, against Purdue, and against Ohio State. A new marketing campaign, centered around the slogan “Our State. Our Team.”, was splashed into the Chicago market in 2012 to increase fan support and reinvigorate the huge alumni base here. As a result, a larger spotlight has been cast upon the Fighting Illini, and you won’t want to miss out when the team starts capitalizing on it. Get your tickets today at Gold Coast Tickets!