|1938 Illinois Fighting Illini football|
|Conference||Big Ten Conference|
|1938 record||3–5 (2–3 Big Ten)|
|Head coach||Robert Zuppke (26th season)|
|Captain||James W. McDonald|
|Home stadium||Memorial Stadium|
|1938 Big Ten football standings|
|#10 Minnesota †||4||–||1||–||0||6||–||2||–||0|
|† – Conference champion |
Rankings from AP Poll
The 1938 Illinois Fighting Illini football team was an American football team that represented the University of Illinois during the 1938 Big Ten Conference football season. In their 26th season under head coach Robert Zuppke, the Illini compiled a 3–5 record and finished in seventh place in the Big Ten Conference. Guard James Hodges was selected as the team's most valuable player.
|September 24||Ohio*||L 0–6|
|October 1||DePaul*||W 44–7|
|October 8||Indiana||W 12–2|
|October 15||at Notre Dame*||L 6–14|
|October 22||No. 18 Northwestern||L 0–13|
|October 29||at No. 13 Michigan||L 0–14|
|November 12||Ohio State||L 14–32|
|November 19||at Chicago||W 34–0|
- "1938 Illinois Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/illinois/1938-schedule.html. Retrieved December 16, 2015.
- "Fighting Illini Football Record Book". University of Illinois. 2015. p. 155. http://sidearm.sites.s3.amazonaws.com/fightingillini.com/documents/2015/8/3/3_History_7_30.pdf. Retrieved December 28, 2016.
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