|1961 Illinois Fighting Illini football|
|Conference||Big Ten Conference|
|1961 record||0–9 (0–7 Big Ten)|
|Head coach||Pete Elliott (2nd season)|
|Home stadium||Memorial Stadium|
|1961 Big Ten football standings|
|#2/2 Ohio State †||6||–||0||–||0||8||–||0||–||1|
|#8/9 Michigan State||5||–||2||–||0||7||–||2||–||0|
|† – Conference champion |
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll
The 1961 Illinois Fighting Illini football team was an American football team that represented the University of Illinois during the 1961 Big Ten Conference football season. In their second year under head coach Pete Elliott, the Illini compiled a 0–9 record and finished in last place in the Big Ten Conference. Guard Tony Parrilli was selected as the team's most valuable player.
|September 30||Washington*||L 7–20|
|October 7||Northwestern||L 7–28|
|October 14||at No. 7 Ohio State||L 0–44|
|October 21||Minnesota||L 0–33|
|October 28||at USC*||L 10–14|
|November 4||Purdue||L 9–23|
|November 11||Michigan||L 6–38|
|November 18||at Wisconsin||L 7–55|
|November 25||at No. 8 Michigan State||L 7–34|
- ↑ "1961 Illinois Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/illinois/1961-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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