1972 Illinois Fighting Illini football team was an American football team that represented the University of Illinois during the 1972 Big Ten Conference football season. In their second year under head coach Bob Blackman, the Illini compiled a 3–8 record and finished in a tie for sixth place in the Big Ten Conference.
The team's offensive leaders were quarterback Mike Wells with 837 passing yards, running back George Uremovich with 611 rushing yards, and wide receiver Garvin Roberson with 569 receiving yards.
Center  Larry McCarren and defensive end Larry Allen were selected as the team's most valuable players.
Date Opponent Site Result
September 16 Michigan State L 0–24
September 23 No. 1 USC * Memorial Stadium Champaign, IL L 20–55
September 30 at No. 14 Washington * L 11–31
October 7 No. 16 Penn State * Memorial Stadium Champaign, IL L 17–35
October 14 at No. 4 Ohio State L 7–26
October 21 No. 6 Michigan Memorial Stadium Champaign, IL L 7–31
October 28 at Purdue L 14–20
November 4 at Northwestern W 43–13
November 11 Indiana Memorial Stadium Champaign, IL W 37–20
November 18 Wisconsin Memorial Stadium Champaign, IL W 27–7
November 25 at Iowa L 14–15 *Non-conference game Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
1972 Illinois Fighting Illini football team roster
(C) Team captain