|1959 Illinois Fighting Illini football|
|Conference||Big Ten Conference|
|1959 record||5–3–1 (4–2–1 Big Ten)|
|Home stadium||Memorial Stadium|
|1959 Big Ten Conference football standings|
|No. 6 Wisconsin $||5||–||2||–||0||7||–||3||–||0|
|No. 13 Illinois||4||–||2||–||1||5||–||3||–||1|
Rankings from AP Poll
The 1959 Illinois Fighting Illini football team was an American football team that represented the University of Illinois during the 1959 Big Ten Conference football season. In their 18th year under head coach Ray Eliot, the Illini compiled a 5–3–1 record and finished in a tie for third place in the Big Ten Conference. After the season, guard Bill Burrell was selected as the team's most valuable player and also received the Chicago Tribune Silver Football trophy as the Big Ten's most valuable player.
|September 26||at Indiana||L 0–20|
|October 3||No. 4 Army*||W 20–14|
|October 10||at Ohio State||No. 20||W 9–0|
|October 17||Minnesota||No. 13||W 14–6|
|October 24||vs. No. 8 Penn State*||No. 13||L 9–20|
|October 31||No. 11 Purdue||T 7–7|
|November 7||Michigan||L 15–20||45,573|||
|November 14||at No. 7 Wisconsin||W 9–6|
|November 21||No. 8 Northwestern||W 28–0|
Awards and honors
- "1959 Illinois Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 16, 2015.
- "Fighting Illini Football Record Book" (PDF). University of Illinois. 2015. p. 155. Retrieved December 28, 2016.
- "Michigan Spoils Illinois' Rose Bowl Hopes, 20-15". The Sunday Pantagraph. November 8, 1959. p. 25 – via Newspapers.com.
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