Why Fighting Illini Football Is Bound to Overacheive in 2013

The Illinois Fighting Illini are looking to reach a bowl game this season in head coach Tim Beckman's third year. With some favorable games on the 2014 Illinois Fighting Illini Football Schedule, they could reach their goals this season.

Illinois finished with a 4-8 record last season after going 2-10 the year prior. Illinois finished 7-6 in 2010 and 2011, making bowl games in both contests. 

The past few years, Illinois has definitely taken a step back. The defense lsat year allowed more than 35 points per game and gave up more than 480 yards per game to opponents. They won just a single game in the Big Ten Conference and need to figure out a way to get better at the point of attack and especially on defense.

Oklahoma State transfer Wes Lunt, a big-armed quarterback that takes over for Nathan Scheelhaase, has both accuracy and the talent to make the Fighting Illini a team that can find the end zone this season. The wide receiver corps isn't the best, but there are some new faces in skill positions that could help Lunt and Illinois get better.

Tailback Josh Ferguson gives Illinois a chance at making an impact on the ground as well. He ran for nearly 800 yards and seven TDs last year. 

Illinois wants to play in a bowl game and the only way they can do that is to get better defensively. We think the offense will be good enough to win them some games, now the defense has to do its part for this team which has a lot of youngsters on it.

2014 Illinois Fighting Illini Schedule

Aug. 30   Youngstown State

Sept. 6     Western Kentucky

Sept. 13   at Washington

Sept. 20   Texas State

Sept. 27   at Nebraska

Oct. 4        Purdue

Oct. 11      at Wisconsin

Oct. 18      Bye week

Oct. 25      Minnesota

Nov. 1       at Ohio State

Nov. 8       Bye week

Nov. 15     Iowa

Nov. 22     Penn State

Nov. 29     at Northwestern

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