Eddie McGee and the Illini are looking to close the regular season with a win Friday night.
Dec. 2, 2010
Dec. 3, 2010 // 7:21 p.m. PT / 9:21 CT // ESPN2
Fresno, Calif. // Bulldog Stadium (41,031)
The Illinois/Fresno State game will be televised on ESPN2 with an air time of 9:21 p.m. CT. Carter Blackburn (play-by-play), Mike Bellotti (color analyst) and Brock Huard (color analyst) will call the action with Jim Zirolli producing. The game will also be streamed live online free of charge at ESPN3.com
The 41-station Illini Sports Network will carry the radio broadcast with the pregame show beginning at 8:45 p.m. CT. Calling the action will be Brian Barnhart (play-by-play), Kurt Kittner (color analyst) and Steve Kelly (pregame, halftime and postgame). The broadcast also can be heard on SIRIUS (121) & XM (141) satellite radio.
THE OPENING KICK
The Fighting Illini will finish the regular season Friday night when they travel to California for a non-conference battle with Fresno State. Illinois will be looking to avenge last year's wild 53-52 defeat to the Bulldogs in the season finale at Memorial Stadium.
Illinois has faced the 13th-toughest schedule in the nation thus far according to the official NCAA schedule strength rankings. Illinois' opponents have a combined record of 74-45 this season vs. Division I opponents (not counting their game vs. Illinois).
The Illinois offense has exploded in the last five games, averaging 46.8 points and 442.0 total yards per game. During the first six games this season, the Illini averaged 21.3 points and 320 yards per game.
Illinois is on pace to break the school record for points per game this season. Through 11 games, the Illini are averaging 32.9 points per game, slightly above the record of 32.5 set by the 2001 Sugar Bowl team.