|1972 Illinois Fighting Illini football|
|Conference||Big Ten Conference|
|1972 record||3–8 (3–5 Big Ten)|
|MVP||Larry McCarren, Larry Allen|
|Captain||Larry McCarren, John Wiza|
|Home stadium||Memorial Stadium|
|1972 Big Ten Conference football standings|
|No. 6 Michigan +||7||–||1||–||0||10||–||1||–||0|
|No. 9 Ohio State +||7||–||1||–||0||9||–||2||–||0|
Rankings from AP Poll
The 1972 Illinois Fighting Illini football team was an American football team that represented the University of Illinois during the 1972 Big Ten Conference football season. In their second year under head coach Bob Blackman, the Illini compiled a 3–8 record and finished in a tie for sixth place in the Big Ten Conference.
The team's offensive leaders were quarterback Mike Wells with 837 passing yards, running back George Uremovich with 611 rushing yards, and wide receiver Garvin Roberson with 569 receiving yards. Center Larry McCarren and defensive end Larry Allen were selected as the team's most valuable players.
|September 16||Michigan State||L 0–24|
|September 23||No. 1 USC*||L 20–55|
|September 30||at No. 14 Washington*||L 11–31|
|October 7||No. 16 Penn State*||L 17–35|
|October 14||at No. 4 Ohio State||L 7–26|
|October 21||No. 6 Michigan||L 7–31|
|October 28||at Purdue||L 14–20|
|November 4||at Northwestern||W 43–13|
|November 11||Indiana||W 37–20|
|November 18||Wisconsin||W 27–7|
|November 25||at Iowa||L 14–15|
|1972 Illinois Fighting Illini football team roster|
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- "1972 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.