With 16 returning starters and four transfers from programs like Alabama, Southern Cal and Washington, Illinois could very well escape the Big Ten West’s cellar in 2019.
When discussing the Big Ten’s West division, there’s one team that stands out from the others. Wisconsin and Iowa have been consistent leaders in the division in recent years, while Nebraska and Purdue have two of the most intriguing young head coaches in the nation. Northwestern consistently competes while Minnesota seems to be on an upswing.
And then there’s Illinois.