Pre-Season Rankings

Football season is a couple months away, but Zook’s rebuilding and the surprising run to the Rose Bowl are paying off. The AP Poll has Illinois ranked #20, the third Big Ten team on their list. The USA Today Poll puts the Illini at #18 — just ahead of Michigan. And Athlon Sports has them at #16.

Of course, they have to play to give meaning to these rankings, but it’s been a few years since Illini football has been on the radar before the season starts. And to be ranked near the top of the conference with Ohio State and Michigan — we’ll take it. I’m looking forward to summer, but already my excitement for football season is building…

Go Illini!

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