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1974 Illinois Fighting Illini football
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
1974 record6–4–1 (4–3–1 Big Ten)
Head coachBob Blackman (4th season)
MVPTom Hicks, Jeff Hollenbach
Home stadiumMemorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1973
1975 →
1974 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4/3 Ohio State § 7 1 0     10 2 0
#3/5 Michigan § 7 1 0     10 1 0
#12/18 Michigan State 6 1 1     7 3 1
Wisconsin 5 3 0     7 4 0
Illinois 4 3 1     6 4 1
Purdue 3 5 0     4 6 1
Minnesota 2 6 0     4 7 0
Iowa 2 6 0     3 8 0
Northwestern 2 6 0     3 8 0
Indiana 1 7 0     1 10 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1974 Illinois Fighting Illini football team was an American football team that represented the University of Illinois in the 1974 Big Ten Conference football season. In their fourth year under head coach Bob Blackman, the Illini compiled a 6–4–1 record and finished in fifth place in the Big Ten Conference.[1]

The team's offensive leaders were quarterback Jeff Hollenbach with 1,037 passing yards, running back Chubby Phillips with 772 rushing yards, and wide receiver Joe Smalzer with 525 receiving yards.[2] Hollenbach and linebacker Tom Hicks were selected as the team's most valuable players.[3]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteResult
September 14IndianaW 16–0
September 21at No. 19 Stanford*W 41–7
September 28Washington State*No. 16
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
W 21–19
October 5California*No. 14
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
L 14–31
October 12at PurdueW 27–23
October 19Michigan State
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
T 21–21
October 26at IowaL 12–14
November 2at No. 1 Ohio StateL 7–49
November 9No. 4 Michigan
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
L 6–14
November 16at MinnesotaW 17–14
November 23Northwestern
W 28–14
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game


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