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1967 Illinois Fighting Illini football
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
1967 record4–6 (3–4 Big Ten)
Head coachJim Valek (1st season)
MVPJohn K. Wright
CaptainRon Bess, Ken Kmiec
Home stadiumMemorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1966
1968 →
1967 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4/6 Indiana § 6 1 0     9 2 0
#NR/18 Minnesota § 6 1 0     8 2 0
#9/9 Purdue § 6 1 0     8 2 0
Ohio State 5 2 0     6 3 0
Illinois 3 4 0     4 6 0
Michigan 3 4 0     4 6 0
Michigan State 3 4 0     3 7 0
Northwestern 2 5 0     3 7 0
Iowa 0 6 1     1 8 1
Wisconsin 0 6 1     0 9 1
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1967 Illinois Fighting Illini football team was an American football team that represented the University of Illinois during the 1967 Big Ten Conference football season. In their first year under head coach Jim Valek, the Illini compiled a 4–6 record and finished in a tie for fifth place in the Big Ten Conference.[1]

The team's offensive leaders were quarterback Dean Volkman with 1,005 passing yards, running back Rich Johnson with 768 rushing yards, and wide receiver John Wright with 698 receiving yards.[2] End John K. Wright was selected as the team's most valuable player.[3]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResult
September 23at Florida*L 0–14
September 30Pittsburgh*W 34–6
October 7Indiana
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
L 7–20
October 14Minnesota
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
L 7–10
October 21Notre Dame*
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
L 7–47
October 28at Ohio StateW 17–13
November 4No. 6 Purdue
L 9–42
November 11Michigan
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
L 14–21
November 18at NorthwesternW 27–21
November 25at IowaW 21–19
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

This was the first season since 1952 that Illinois would face Iowa, following the chaos of their last matchup.[4][5]

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