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1959 Illinois Fighting Illini football
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 12
APNo. 13
1959 record5–3–1 (4–2–1 Big Ten)
Head coachRay Eliot (18th season)
MVPBill Burrell
CaptainBill Burrell
Home stadiumMemorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1958
1960 →
1959 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#6/6 Wisconsin 5 2 0     7 3 0
#NR/16 Michigan State 4 2 0     5 4 0
Purdue 4 2 1     5 2 2
#13/12 Illinois 4 2 1     5 3 1
Northwestern 4 3 0     6 3 0
Iowa 3 3 0     5 4 0
Michigan 3 4 0     4 5 0
Indiana 2 4 1     4 4 1
Ohio State 2 4 1     3 5 1
Minnesota 1 6 0     2 7 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1959 Illinois Fighting Illini football team was an American football team that represented the University of Illinois during the 1959 Big Ten Conference football season. In their 18th year under head coach Ray Eliot, the Illini compiled a 5–3–1 record and finished in a tie for third place in the Big Ten Conference.[1] After the season, guard Bill Burrell was selected as the team's most valuable player and also received the Chicago Tribune Silver Football trophy as the Big Ten's most valuable player.[2]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteResultAttendanceSource
September 26at IndianaL 0–20
October 3No. 4 Army*W 20–14
October 10at Ohio StateNo. 20W 9–0
October 17MinnesotaNo. 13
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
W 14–6
October 24vs. No. 8 Penn State*No. 13L 9–20
October 31No. 11 Purdue
T 7–7
November 7Michigan
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
L 15–2045,573[3]
November 14at No. 7 WisconsinW 9–6
November 21No. 8 Northwestern
W 28–0
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

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