On Monday, it was announced that Illinois would be opening its 2021 season in Ireland.

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The Fighting Illini will be playing Nebraska at a time to be determined during Week Zero of the season. Following the news coming out, Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman spoke with the media:

Whitman also talked about everyone being able to watch Illinois football since the game will be in Week Zero of the season:

Fans didn’t seem to be as enthusiastic:


Not a lot of positivity coming from Illinois fans. Realistically, a losing team has this kind of thinking. What fan base is thrilled when its favorite team is losing consistently? If a team is good and playing well, fans can be optimistic about anything thrown their way.

When the team is losing? Even a trip overseas that every player on the roster will remember forever will draw a negative reaction.