|1979 Illinois Fighting Illini football|
|Conference||Big Ten Conference|
|1979 record||2–8–1 (1–6–1 Big Ten)|
|Home stadium||Memorial Stadium|
|1979 Big Ten Conference football standings|
|No. 4 Ohio State $||8||–||0||–||0||11||–||1||–||0|
|No. 10 Purdue||7||–||1||–||0||10||–||2||–||0|
|No. 18 Michigan||6||–||2||–||0||8||–||4||–||0|
|No. 19 Indiana||5||–||3||–||0||8||–||4||–||0|
Rankings from AP Poll
The 1979 Illinois Fighting Illini football team was an American football team that represented the University of Illinois during the 1979 Big Ten Conference football season. In their third year under head coach Gary Moeller, the Illini compiled a 2–8–1 record and finished in ninth place in the Big Ten Conference.
The team's offensive leaders were quarterback Lawrence McCullough with 1,254 passing yards, running back Mike Holmes with 792 rushing yards, and wide receiver John Lopez with 296 receiving yards. McCullough was selected as the team's most valuable player.
|September 8||at No. 10 Michigan State||L 16–33|
|September 15||No. 11 Missouri*||L 6–14|
|September 22||at Air Force*||W 27–19|
|September 29||Navy*||L 12–13|
|October 6||Iowa||L 7–13|
|October 13||at No. 20 Purdue||L 14–28|
|October 20||No. 11 Michigan||L 7–27|
|October 27||at Minnesota||T 17–17|
|November 3||No. 5 Ohio State||L 7–44|
|November 10||Indiana||L 14–45|
|November 17||at Northwestern||W 29–13|
|1979 Illinois Fighting Illini football team roster|
- "1979 Illinois Fighting Illini Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 16, 2015.
- "1979 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.