Friday night's loss to the Maryland Terrapins stings even worse after the dust has settled, and Mike Carpenter analyzes the micro and macro from Illinois' third straight loss. He discusses the 4th and 1, the worst offensive series of downs ever, Brandon Peters, Tony Petersen, and Bret Bielema.
Brad Underwood gets a contract extension as the Illini basketball coach through 2027. Mike Carpenter reacts to the good news and reflects on the remarkable four-year rebuild, and why Underwood is worthy of a top-10 salary. Also, a bit on Friday night's football game and whether or not Illinois has a chance against Maryland.
Mike Carpenter and Isaac Ambrose return for a second half live reaction pod, only to watch Illinois football stink up the joint and lose 42-14 at Virginia. Stagnant offense, bad defense, and a parade of silly mistakes led to an even worse performance than the UTSA loss.
The Illinois basketball schedule dropped on Wednesday, so let's take a break from regularly scheduled football talk and look ahead to the hoops season! Mike Carpenter does a quick once-over of the schedule, talks about expectations for this year's team, and why they may come out of the gate better than last year's squad. Also, a bit on Illinois football ahead of Saturday's game at Virginia.
It was a trap after all. The Illini dropped their second game of the season to UTSA in front of 33,000 fans, effectively ending the honeymoon period for Bret Bielema's tenure. Mike Carpenter discusses why he wasn't surprised or particularly angry, and his concerns about the rest of the season and what it will take for Illinois fans to get invested again.
Bret Bielema's Illini look to put the Nebraska win in the rearview mirror ahead of a Saturday night tilt against UTSA. Mike Carpenter ponders if it's really a "trap" game, discusses a possible QB controversy with Sitkowski and Peters, and struggles to find any major missteps in Bielema's first 9 months on the job.
The Bret Bielema Era kicks off in style as the Illini beat Nebraska 30-22. Mike Carpenter recaps the impressive performance, including a star turn by Art Sitkowski at QB, and how important a season-opening win can be for the fans, students, recruits, and the team itself. Perhaps Illinois football is on the path to consistent competence.
We are days away from kickoff, and Mike Carpenter is ready for a triumphant start to the Bret Bielema era. He discusses how Nebraska has went from relatively lovable to exasperatingly annoying, and the path to victory on Saturday. Also, plenty of uniform talk (new helmets!) and a look back at the 2001 Big Ten Champions returning to campus this weekend.
At long last, the Bret Bielema era is underway. Mike Carpenter looks ahead to Illini football's season opener against a scandal-ridden Nebraska program, and attempts to make a reasonable prediction for the 2021 season. He also discusses concerns about Brandon Peters at QB, and breaks down the depth chart.
Kofi Cockburn is coming back to Illinois for his junior season, capping off a roller coaster of an offseason for Brad Underwood's program. Mike Carpenter reacts to the huge news, lofty expectations for the 2022 team, and how this bodes well for future recruiting in the NIL era.