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1968 Illinois Fighting Illini football
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
1968 record1–9 (1–6 Big Ten)
Head coachJim Valek (2nd season)
MVPRich Johnson
CaptainCarson Brooks, Tony Pleviak
Home stadiumMemorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1967
1969 →
1968 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#1/1 Ohio State 7 0 0     10 0 0
#12/15 Michigan 6 1 0     8 2 0
#10/11 Purdue 5 2 0     8 2 0
#NR/18 Minnesota 5 2 0     6 4 0
Indiana 4 3 0     6 4 0
Iowa 4 3 0     5 5 0
Michigan State 2 5 0     5 5 0
Illinois 1 6 0     1 9 0
Northwestern 1 6 0     1 9 0
Wisconsin 0 7 0     0 10 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1968 Illinois Fighting Illini football team was an American football team that represented the University of Illinois during the 1968 Big Ten Conference football season. In their second year under head coach Jim Valek, the Illini compiled a 1–9 record and finished in a tie for eighth place in the Big Ten Conference.[1]

The team's offensive leaders were quarterback Bob Naponic with 813 passing yards, running back Rich Johnson with 973 rushing yards, and wide receiver Doug Dieken with 223 receiving yards.[2] Fullback Rich Johnson was selected as the team's most valuable player.[3]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResult
September 21Kansas*L 7–47
September 28Missouri*
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL (Rivalry)
L 0–44
October 5at IndianaL 14–28
October 12at MinnesotaL 10–17
October 19at No. 6 Notre Dame*L 8–58
October 26No. 2 Ohio State
L 24–31
November 2at No. 6 PurdueL 17–35
November 9at No. 7 MichiganL 0–36
November 16Northwestern
W 14–0
November 23Iowa
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
L 13–37
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game


RosterEdit

1968 Illinois Fighting Illini football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
E 82 Dieken, DougDoug Dieken So
QB 12 Naponic, BobBob Naponic Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Cruz Roja.svg Injured
  • Redshirt.svg Redshirt

Roster

ReferencesEdit


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