|1963 Illinois Fighting Illini football|
Big Ten champion
Rose Bowl champion
|Conference||Big Ten Conference|
|1963 record||8–1–1 (5–1–1 Big Ten)|
|Home stadium||Memorial Stadium|
|1963 Big Ten football standings|
|No. 3 Illinois $||5||–||1||–||1||8||–||1||–||1|
|No. 9 Michigan State||4||–||1||–||1||6||–||2||–||1|
Rankings from AP Poll
The 1963 Illinois Fighting Illini football team was an American football team that represented the University of Illinois during the 1963 Big Ten Conference football season. In their fourth year under head coach Pete Elliott, the Illini compiled an 8–1–1 record, finished in first place in the Big Ten Conference, were ranked #3 in the final AP Poll, and defeated Washington in the 1964 Rose Bowl. The sole loss was a 14-8 defeat against Michigan.
Illinois center/linebacker Dick Butkus was selected as the team's most valuable player, won the 1963 Chicago Tribune Silver Football trophy as the Big Ten's most valuable player, and was honored as a unanimous first-team player on the 1963 College Football All-America Team. Tackle Archie Sutton was selected by the Newspaper Enterprise Association as a second-team All-American.
|September 28||California*||W 10–0|
|October 5||No. 4 Northwestern||W 10–9|
|October 12||at No. 8 Ohio State||T 20–20|
|October 19||Minnesota||No. 7||W 16–6|
|October 25||at UCLA*||No. 4||W 18–12|
|November 2||Purdue||No. 2||W 41–21|
|November 9||Michigan||No. 2||L 8–14|
|November 16||at Wisconsin||No. 8||W 17–7|
|November 28||at No. 4 Michigan State||No. 8||W 13–0|
|January 1||vs. Washington||No. 3||W 17–7|
- Dick Butkus - center/linebacker
- Jim Grabowski - running back
- Sammy Price - running back
- Gregg Schumacher - end
- Archie Sutton - tackle
- Mike Taliaferro - quarterback
Awards and honors
- Dick Butkus (Linebacker)
- Archie Sutton (Tackle)
- Head Coach: Pete Elliott (3rd year at Illinois)
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