|1940 Illinois Fighting Illini football|
|Conference||Big Ten Conference|
|1940 record||1–7 (0–5 Big Ten)|
|Head coach||Robert Zuppke (28th season)|
|Captain||Thomas J. Riggs|
|Home stadium||Memorial Stadium|
|1940 Big Ten football standings|
|#1 Minnesota †||6||–||0||–||0||8||–||0||–||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. Fullback George Bernhardt was selected as the team's most valuable player.
|October 5||Bradley*||W 31–0|
|October 12||USC*||L 7–13|
|October 19||at No. 3 Michigan||L 0–28|
|October 26||No. 2 Notre Dame*||L 0–26|
|November 2||at Wisconsin||L 6–13|
|November 9||at No. 10 Northwestern||L 14–32|
|November 16||Ohio State||L 6–14|
|November 23||at Iowa||L 7–18|
- ↑ "1940 Illinois Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/illinois/1940-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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