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1945 Illinois Fighting Illini football
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
1945 record2–6–1 (1–4–1 Big Ten)
Head coachRay Eliot (4th season)
MVPMac Wenskunas
CaptainRalph Serpico
Home stadiumMemorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1944
1946 →
1945 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4 Indiana 5 0 1     9 0 1
#6 Michigan 5 1 0     7 3 0
#12 Ohio State 5 2 0     7 2 0
Northwestern 3 3 1     4 4 1
Purdue 3 3 0     7 3 0
Wisconsin 2 3 1     3 4 2
Illinois 1 4 1     2 6 1
Minnesota 1 5 0     4 5 0
Iowa 1 5 0     2 7 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1945 Illinois Fighting Illini football team was an American football team that represented the University of Illinois during the 1945 Big Ten Conference football season. In their fourth year under head coach Ray Eliot, the Illini compiled a 2–6–1 and finished in seventh place in the Big Ten Conference.[1] Center Mac Wenskunas was selected as the team's most valuable player.[2]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResult
September 22Pittsburgh*W 23–6
September 29at Notre Dame*L 0–7
October 6Indiana
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
L 0–6
October 20at WisconsinT 7–7
October 27No. 16 Michigan
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
L 0–19
November 3Great Lakes Navy*
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
L 6–12
November 10Iowa
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
W 48–7
November 17at No. 9 Ohio StateL 2–27
November 24at NorthwesternL 7–13
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game


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