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1966 Illinois Fighting Illini football
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
1966 record4–6 (4–3 Big Ten)
Head coachPete Elliott (7th season)
MVPRon Guenther
CaptainBo Batchelder, Kai Anderson
Home stadiumMemorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1965
1967 →
1966 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#2/2 Michigan State 7 0 0     9 0 1
#7/6 Purdue 6 1 0     9 2 0
Michigan 4 3 0     6 4 0
Illinois 4 3 0     4 6 0
Minnesota 3 3 1     4 5 1
Ohio State 3 4 0     4 5 0
Northwestern 2 4 1     3 6 1
Wisconsin 2 4 1     3 6 1
Indiana 1 5 1     1 8 1
Iowa 1 6 0     2 8 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1966 Illinois Fighting Illini football team was an American football team that represented the University of Illinois during the 1966 Big Ten Conference football season. In their seventh year under head coach Pete Elliott, the Illini compiled a 4–6 record and finished in a tie for third place in the Big Ten Conference.[1]

The team's offensive leaders were quarterback Bob Naponic with 998 passing yards, running back Bill Huston with 420 rushing yards, and John Wright with 831 receiving yards.[2] Guard Ron Guenther was selected as the team's most valuable player.[3]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResult
September 17at SMU*L 7–26
September 24Missouri*L 14–21
October 1No. 1 Michigan State
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
L 10–26
October 8Ohio State
W 10–9
October 15at IndianaW 24–10
October 22Stanford*
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
L 3–6
October 29at PurdueL 21–25
November 5at MichiganW 28–21
November 12Wisconsin
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
W 49–14
November 19at NorthwesternL 7–35
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game


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