|1978 Illinois Fighting Illini football|
|Conference||Big Ten Conference|
|1978 record||1–8–2 (0–6–2 Big Ten)|
|MVP||John Sullivan, Randy Taylor|
|Home stadium||Memorial Stadium|
|1978 Big Ten Conference football standings|
|No. 5 Michigan +||7||–||1||–||0||10||–||2||–||0|
|No. 12 Michigan State +||7||–||1||–||0||8||–||3||–||0|
|No. 13 Purdue||6||–||1||–||1||9||–||2||–||1|
Rankings from AP Poll
The 1978 Illinois Fighting Illini football team was an American football team that represented the University of Illinois during the 1978 Big Ten Conference football season. In their second year under head coach Gary Moeller, the Illini compiled a 1–8–2 record and finished in ninth place in the Big Ten Conference.
The team's offensive leaders were quarterback Rich Weiss with 665 passing yards, running back Wayne Strader with 389 rushing yards, and wide receiver Jeff Barnes with 270 receiving yards. Linebacker John Sullivan and center Randy Taylor were selected as the team's most valuable players.
|September 9||Northwestern||T 0–0|
|September 16||at No. 4 Michigan||L 0–31|
|September 23||Stanford*||L 10–35|
|September 30||at Syracuse*||W 28–14|
|October 7||at Missouri*||L 3–45|
|October 14||Wisconsin||T 20–20|
|October 21||No. 19 Purdue||L 0–13|
|October 28||at Indiana||L 10–31|
|November 4||No. 18 Michigan State||L 19–59|
|November 11||at Ohio State||L 7–45|
|November 18||at Minnesota||L 6–24|
- "1978 Illinois Fighting Illini Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 16, 2015.
- "1978 Illinois Fighting Illini Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 16, 2015.
- "Fighting Illini Football Record Book" (PDF). University of Illinois. 2015. p. 155. Retrieved December 29, 2016.