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1965 Illinois Fighting Illini football
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
1965 record6–4 (4–3 Big Ten)
Head coachPete Elliott (6th season)
MVPJim Grabowski
CaptainJim Grabowski, Don Hansen
Home stadiumMemorial Stadium
(Capacity: 71,227)
Seasons
← 1964
1966 →
1965 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#2/1 Michigan State 7 0 0     10 1 0
#NR/11 Ohio State 6 1 0     7 2 0
#NR/13 Purdue 5 2 0     7 2 1
Minnesota 5 2 0     5 4 1
Illinois 4 3 0     6 4 0
Northwestern 3 4 0     4 6 0
Michigan 2 5 0     4 6 0
Wisconsin 2 5 0     2 7 1
Indiana 1 6 0     2 8 0
Iowa 0 7 0     1 9 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1965 Illinois Fighting Illini football team represented the University of Illinois in the 1965 Big Ten Conference football season. In their sixth season under head coach Pete Elliott, the Illini compiled a 6–4 (4–3 against Big Ten Conference opponents), outscored opponents 235 to 118, and finished fifth in the Big Ten.[1] Fullback Jim Grabowski was selected as the team's most valuable player, received the team's most valuable player award, and was a consensus pick for the 1965 College Football All-America Team.[2][3]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResultAttendance
September 18Oregon State*L 10–1234,000[4]
September 25SMU*
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, Illinois
W 42–045,175[4]
October 2at No. 9 Michigan StateL 12–2271,237[4]
October 9at Ohio StateL 14–2883,712[4]
October 16Indiana
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, Illinois
W 34–1361,257[4]
October 23Duke*
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, Illinois
W 28–1447,077[4]
October 30No. 6 Purdue
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, Illinois
W 21–059,507[4]
November 6Michigan
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, Illinois
L 3–2350,136[4]
November 13at WisconsinW 51–055,192[4]
November 20at NorthwesternW 20–641,348[4]
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

Awards and honorsEdit

Team players in the NFLEdit

Player Round Pick Position Club
Jim Grabowski 1 9 Running back Green Bay Packers
Don Hansen 3 42 Linebacker Minnesota Vikings
Ron Acks 4 57 Defensive end Minnesota Vikings
Sam Price 16 240 Defensive end New York Giants
Gary Eickman 17 254 Defensive end New York Giants
Kai Anderson18 268 Defensive end New York Giants
Dale Greco 18 270 Defensive tackle Minnesota Vikings
[5]

ReferencesEdit


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