|1917 Illinois Fighting Illini football|
|Conference||Big Ten Conference|
|1917 record||5–2–1 (2–2–1 Big Ten)|
|Head coach||Robert Zuppke (5th season)|
|Offensive scheme||I formation|
|Captain||Reynold R. Kraft|
|1917 Big Ten football standings|
|Ohio State †||4||–||0||–||0||8||–||0||–||1|
|† – Conference champion |
The 1917 Illinois Fighting Illini football team was an American football team that represented the University of Illinois during the 1917 college football season. In their fifth season under head coach Robert Zuppke, the Illini compiled a 5–2–1 record and finished in a tie for fifth place in the Big Ten Conference. This team included Chicago Bears founder and coach, George Halas. End Reynold R. Kraft was the team captain.
|October 6||Kansas*||W 22–0|
|October 13||Oklahoma*||W 44–0|
|October 20||Wisconsin||W 7–0|
|October 27||Purdue||W 27–0|
|November 3||at Chicago||T 0–0|
|November 17||at Ohio State||L 0–13|
|November 24||Minnesota||L 6–27|
|November 29||at Camp Funston*||Fort Riley, KS||W 28–0|||
- "1917 Illinois Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/illinois/1917-schedule.html. Retrieved December 16, 2015.
- "Fighting Illini Football Record Book". University of Illinois. 2015. p. 156. http://sidearm.sites.s3.amazonaws.com/fightingillini.com/documents/2015/8/3/3_History_7_30.pdf. Retrieved December 28, 2016.
- "Funston Team Go Down To Their First Defeat". The Topeka Daily Capital: p. 2. November 30, 1917. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/20925505/funston_team_go_down_to_their_first/.
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