The 200 Level with Mike Carpenter
Crap Randall (10/23/20)

Crap Randall (10/23/20)

October 23, 2020

In the opening game of the Big Ten season, Lovie Smith's Illini gets wafflestomped by the Wisconsin Badgers 45-7. Mike Carpenter is joined by co-hosts Harry Black, Trevor Vallese and Isaac Ambrose as they react to one of the worst performances of the Lovie Smith era.

Friday Night Lights (10/21/20)

Friday Night Lights (10/21/20)

October 21, 2020

On the eve of a Friday night tilt between Illinois and Wisconsin, Mike Carpenter discusses the big opportunity for the Illini in the Big Ten season opener. Later, he analyzes the short-term and long-term expectations of the Lovie Smith era as it enters year five.

Let the Games Begin (10/14/20)

Let the Games Begin (10/14/20)

October 14, 2020

The countdown to Illini football is down to single digits, while the Illini basketball schedule begins to take shape. Mike Carpenter analyzes how the non-conference can firm up the basketball team's tournament seeding, and the unique opportunity for Lovie Smith's team opening at Wisconsin on a Friday night.

Unchained (10/09/20)

Unchained (10/09/20)

October 9, 2020

Titled in honor of the great Eddie Van Halen, Mike Carpenter is buzzing after a huge Bears victory over Tom Brady and the Buccaneers. Fifteen days away from the season opener, what should expectations be for Lovie Smith's Illini as they take on the Wisconsin Badgers?  

You Down With MTE? (10/06/20)

You Down With MTE? (10/06/20)

October 6, 2020

Illinois basketball is putting the finishing touches on its non-conference schedule. Mike Carpenter is excited at the possibility of Baylor, a top ACC team, and the Thanksgiving holiday "multi-team event" at the State Farm Center. Meanwhile, Lovie Smith's squad is 18 days away from their season opener at Wisconsin.

Sportsapalooza! (09/30/20)

Sportsapalooza! (09/30/20)

September 30, 2020

On the day Illinois football returns to padded practice, Mike Carpenter is relishing the ridiculous amount of live sports: MLB Playoffs, NBA Finals, the undefeated Chicago Bears, and college football. In the midst of a pandemic, sports mean more than ever, even though COVID-19 remains a lingering threat for pro and college leagues.

The Kingfisher Cometh (09/24/20)

The Kingfisher Cometh (09/24/20)

September 24, 2020

The ghost of Chief Illiniwek was awakened after the Orange and Blue Belted Kingfisher passed the UIUC student senate. Mike Carpenter analyzes the age-old mascot argument, along with the possibility Big Ten football completes its season uninterrupted. Finally, may Illinois basketball be on the verge of a big 2021 addition?

Dare to Dream: 2020 Edition (09/21/20)

Dare to Dream: 2020 Edition (09/21/20)

September 21, 2020

Mike Carpenter, Trevor Vallese and Harry Black look at the Illini football schedule and play everyone's favorite prediction game, Dare to Dream! In this edition, they analyze the path to a .500-or-above record, and identify which games will make the difference between a satisfying and disappointing season.

Third Time’s a Charm (09/16/20)

Third Time’s a Charm (09/16/20)

September 16, 2020

Big Ten Football is back . . . yet again! Mike Carpenter breaks down the announcement of a 9-game season beginning October 24, and analyzes how all the interested parties (players, coaches, admin, and disgruntled parents) come out on the other side of a month-long debate. 

Columbus Day (09/10/20)

Columbus Day (09/10/20)

September 10, 2020

Ryan Day is peeved, James Franklin is confused, and angry parents are probably writing even more letters to Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren. Mike Carpenter tries to answer the question of "why can't they play?" as campuses quarantine, move to remote-only learning, and initiate partial shutdowns.

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