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TCR Staff Predictions: 2021 Illinois Football Season

How much should we really expect in year one from Bret Bielema? You can say we should expect the world, but that’s not really fair considering the monumental undertaking Bielema is currently undertaking. Yes, I understand there’s a ton of talent returning from last year’s team, but implementing a new system in a still kinda-weird offseason seems like a bit of a challenge.

If there’s not a bowl win in year two I’ll be concerned, but just keep your head above water this year and please don’t give up 63 points in any game.

Tristen Kissack: 6-7 (3-6 Big Ten)

I won’t lie, I wasn’t exactly enthused with the Bielema hire.