The Illinois Fighting Illini’s 2018 spring game

The Illinois Fighting Illini’s 2018 spring game will take place on April 7 at Memorial Stadium. You can find Illinois’ 2018 spring game score and live update information below.

In 2017, the Fighting Illini went 2-10 overall. Illinois started last season with back-to-back wins and then lost the next 10 games. This upcoming season will be coach Lovie Smith’s third with the program.

Illinois spring game 2018: Score, live updates

Illinois spring game 2018: Date

Illinois’ spring game will take place on April 7.

Illinois spring game 2018: Time

Illinois’ spring game will be played at 1 p.m. ET.

Illinois spring game 2018: TV channel

The Illinois spring game will not be televised, but you can watch it online and find information on that below.

Illinois spring game 2018: Watch online

The Illinois spring game can be watched on BTN2Go.com.

Illinois spring game 2018:

The spring game marks the first day that all eyes will be able to evaluate what Illinois’ football team looks like heading into the 2018 season. On April 7, coaches and players will be able to get some time out on the field in a live game situation to prepare for the season ahead.

Lovie Smith is entering his third season as coach of the Fighting Illini and has gone 5-19 overall in his first two seasons. One question for Illinois entering 2018 is its quarterback situation.

For some programs, an established starter is assumed to lead the way in 2018. For Illinois, the Fighting Illini have a few questions to answer regarding that position.

Cameron Thomas is a returning sophomore who played in three games as a freshman. Thomas was labeled as a dual-threat QB coming out of high school and he proved it by averaging 62 yards on the ground in those three games.

Aside from Thomas, two other QBs got playing time last season for the Fighting Illini in Jeff George Jr. and Chayce Crouch. George has since made the decision to transfer. As for Crouch, he retired.

Mike Epstein returns as the Fighting Illini’s leading rusher from last season. He was a true freshman a year ago whose season ended early due to injury.

At wide receiver, Ricky Smalling — also a sophomore — returns as the team’s leading receiver. Smalling is a 6-foot-1 pass-catcher who recorded 510 yards and 2 TD on 31 receptions in 2017.

The team’s leading tackler from last season, LB Del’Shawn Phillips, is a returning senior. Phillips recorded 85 tackles in 2017.

Illinois’ 2018 schedule begins with a home game against Kent State on Sept. 1. Western Illinois and USF are the other non-conference foes for the Fighting Illini this season.

Big Ten play starts Sept. 21 when Illinois hosts Penn State.