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1940 Illinois Fighting Illini football
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
1940 record1–7 (0–5 Big Ten)
Head coachRobert Zuppke (28th season)
MVPGeorge Bernhardt
CaptainThomas J. Riggs
Home stadiumMemorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1939
1941 →
1940 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#1 Minnesota 6 0 0     8 0 0
#3 Michigan 3 1 0     7 1 0
#8 Northwestern 4 2 0     6 2 0
Ohio State 3 3 0     4 4 0
Wisconsin 3 3 0     4 4 0
Iowa 2 3 0     4 4 0
Indiana 2 3 0     3 5 0
Purdue 1 4 0     2 6 0
Illinois 0 5 0     1 7 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1940 Illinois Fighting Illini football team was an American football team that represented the University of Illinois during the 1940 Big Ten Conference football season. In their 28th season under head coach Robert Zuppke, the Illini compiled a 1–7 record and finished in last place in the Big Ten Conference.[1] Fullback George Bernhardt was selected as the team's most valuable player.[2]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResult
October 5Bradley*W 31–0
October 12USC*
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
L 7–13
October 19at No. 3 MichiganL 0–28
October 26No. 2 Notre Dame*
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
L 0–26
November 2at WisconsinL 6–13
November 9at No. 10 NorthwesternL 14–32
November 16Ohio State
L 6–14
November 23at IowaL 7–18
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game


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