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2016 Schedule
0-0, 1st in Big Ten - West
How Tony Dungy inspired Lovie Smith (1:15)
Lovie Smith looking to make an impact at Illinois (2:56)
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3dBrian Bennett

What's new in the Big Ten for 2016?

The Big Ten will have a nine-game conference schedule in 2016, three new head coaches, a slew of talented freshmen, and the same old favorite.

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4dMatt Fortuna

UNC's Fedora defends hiring of fired Beckman

Fired Illinois coach Tim Beckman has joined North Carolina as a volunteer coach, with Tar Heels coach Larry Fedora describing the decision as helping a friend while gaining Beckman's expertise.

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7dBrian Bennett

Big Ten season preview: Illinois Fighting Illini

Optimism is on high with former Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith leading the way, but Illinois must grasp a new system while trying to develop depth.

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13dJosh Moyer

Big Ten position outlook: Running back

Which school has the Big Ten's best running back corps? Who might emerge this fall and who has some serious issues that must be addressed?

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18dBrian Bennett

Big Ten gambles that 9 equals one big playoff boost

The Big Ten's switch to nine league games is designed to increase its appeal to the CFP committee, but B1G coaches know there are some risks with the change. Just ask the Big 12 and Pac-12.

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19dChris Low

The 10 transfers who will impact 2016

Who will be this year's Baker Mayfield and Chad Kelly? Cal's Davis Webb leads a list of 10 instant-impact transfers to keep an eye on in 2016.

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Lovie Smith traces roots to Tony Dungy

The Illini's new head coach started his NFL career on Tony Dungy's 1996 staff with the Buccaneers, coaching linebackers. Two decades later, Smith is running a college team for the first time. Dungy's coaching tree

Lovie Smith ready to turn Illinois football around (1:53)
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Watch: Lovie Smith joins SportsCenter

Lovie Smith brings 11 years of experience as an NFL head coach to his new job as the head coach at Illinois. Smith's last college job was when he coached defensive backs at Ohio State in 1995. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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27dAustin Ward

Top Big Ten players: Nos. 20-16

Two Wisconsin players find themselves in this grouping, along with Ohio State defensive end Sam Hubbard, who is tasked with replacing Joey Bosa.

Should NCAA allow schools to have more coaches on staff? (1:18)

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Lovie Smith, back in Chicago as the new Illinois coach, leads off Day 2 of Big Ten media days. Smith says the Illini "are not there yet" in terms of competing for championships, but he intends to get them to that point.

Team Stats

Passing Yards243.446th
Rushing Yards129.3113th
Points For24.798th
Points Against23.3Tied-41st

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