Illinois Football – Where Even Wins Don’t Feel Good

Tim Beckman

Tuesday’s column from CBS Chicago

(CBS) Thank goodness for that Labor Day holiday.

After all, it’s hard work watching the Illinois football team.

On Saturday under a sweltering sun in Champaign, Tim Beckman’s Fighting Illini managed to snap a nine-game losing streak. But they hardly shined while doing it against FCS foe Southern Illinois, escaping with a 42-34 victory only after a pass from Saluki quarterback Kory Faulkner sailed out of the back of the end zone on fourth-and-goal.

When the final horn sounded, dark clouds gathered via social media and blotted out the blue sky with many Illini fans venting their frustrations about game play – and game decisions – rather than celebrating the program’s first victory in 350 days.

Behold, Illinois football: Where even wins don’t feel like them.

And now three days removed from the season opener, here are three thoughts about Illinois football, looking both back and ahead.

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