The Illinois Fighting Illini’s 2018 Spring Game will take place on April 7 to give fans a look at what’s to come in the season ahead. You can find Illinois’ 2018 Spring Game time, TV channel and watch online information below.
In 2017, the Fighting Illini went 2-10 overall. Coach Lovie Smith and his team started the season with back-to-back wins and then lost the next 10 games. This upcoming season will be Smith’s third with the program.
Illinois spring game 2018: Date
Illinois’ 2018 Spring Game will take place on April 7.
Illinois spring game 2018: Time
Illinois’ 2018 Spring Game will begin at 1 p.m. ET.
Illinois spring game 2018: TV channel
The Illinois Spring Game is not being televised, but you can watch it online.
Illinois spring game 2018: Watch online
You can watch the Illinois Spring Game online at BTN2Go.
Illinois spring game 2018:
April 7 marks the first day that all eyes will be able to evaluate what Illinois’ football team looks like heading into the 2018 season. The spring game helps coaches and players get some time out on the field in a live game situation to prepare for the season ahead.
Lovie Smith is entering his third season as coach of the Fighting Illini and has gone 5-19 overall in his first two seasons. One of the questions for every team in college football going into their respective spring games is what the QB situation looks like.
For some programs, an established starter is assumed to lead the way in 2018. For Illinois, the Fighting Illini have a few questions to answer regarding that position.
Cameron Thomas is a returning sophomore who played in three games as a freshman. Thomas was labeled as a dual-threat QB coming out of high school and he proved as much by averaging 62 yards on the ground in those three games.
Mike Epstein returns as the Fighting Illini’s leading rusher from last season. He was a true freshman a year ago whose season ended early due to injury.
At wide receiver, Ricky Smalling — also a sophomore — returns as the team’s leading receiver. Smalling is a 6-foot-1 pass-catcher who recorded 510 yards and 2 TD on 31 receptions.
The team’s leading tackler from last season, LB Del’Shawn Phillips, is a returning senior. Phillips recorded 85 tackles in 2017.
Illinois’ 2018 schedule begins with a home game against Kent State on Sept. 1. Western Illinois and USF are the other non-conference foes for the Fighting Illini this season.
Big Ten play starts on Sept. 21 when Illinois hosts Penn State.