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It has been some time since the University of Illinois football fans has had something to cheer. Nearly a decade has passed since Ron Zook recruited top rated players to Champaign/Urbana.
Former NFL Head Coach Lovie Smith enter his second season on the sidelines at the largest educational institute in the “LAND OF LINCOLN.” Smith must improve on the team’s 3-9 record a year ago, and they are still a few recruiting classes away from being prominent in the Big Ten.
Illinois begins the season with two formidable opponents at home as Ball State, and Western Kentucky invades Memorial Stadium early in September.
A nationally televised ESPN game on Friday. September 15th will show the progress or regression of the football team.
The season before Smiths arrival the team went 5-7 and expectations were great coming into the 2016 season. However, it was “FOOL’S GOLD, ” and many around the program knew the amount of work which has to be done.
The lone Big Ten win for the University of Illinois was a 24-7 home victory against Rutgers.
The 2017 Illinois offense is under the tool edge of offensive coordinator Garrick McGee. A unit which scored an average of just twenty points per game last season must improve at virtually every position.
315 yards of offense, 123 in the FBS will not get it done at any level of football. McGee and the staff must groom a quarterback to take over for Wes Lunt.
Junior College signal caller Dwayne Lawson will compete with Jeff George Jr. For the starting quarterback position.
Running Back, Kendrick Foster returns after leading the rushing attack with 720 yards and nine touchdowns.
The offensive line did an adequate job of opening up holes in the running game.
Wideout Mike Dudek returns after missing all of the last seasons, and leading receiver Malik Turner (720) yards, along with Desmond Cain make up a formidable unit.
A few early wins could propel the Illini to a six wins season as long as the offense performs at a decent level.
The 2017 Illinois Fighting Illini defense gave up an average of 405 yards per game. The run defense must improve on their 219 yards per contest.
Head Coach Lovie Smith and defensive coordinator Hardy Nickerson have plenty of NFL experience as coach and player.
The coaching staff must replace all four players on the defensive line. Smith has plenty of ties to the “SUNSHINE STATE” must travel and convince players to come to the central part of Illinois.
Linebacker Tre Watson is one of the best in the Conference, but they must get off of the field on third down.
The secondary is the strength of the unit with a good cover cornerback and two thumpers at safety.
The Special team must also improve if they are to have success in the 2017 season.
Bovada.Lv, list the 2017-18 Illinois Fighting Illini at +15,000 to win the Big Ten Conference Crown.
Free Betting Odds Prediction: The 2017 Illinois Fighting Illini will go 5-7 and finish fifth in the Big Ten West Division.
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