University of Illinois
Laying claim to 25 NCAA National Championships, the University of Illinois Fighting Illini are not known for backing down from an athletic challenge. Or from a rival. The Illini battle Ohio State every year for the Illibuck trophy. They square off against Purdue each year for the Cannon. And they tackle Northwestern annually for the Land of Lincoln Trophy. The Fighting Illini are always backed by fans incredibly loyal to the Orange and Blue.
Nickname:
Fighting Illini
Top Rivals:
Northwestern University
Style Facts:
Orange and Blue have been the Fighting Illini’s official colors since 1893. Prior to the distinctive pairing, the school’s colors changed from silver and cardinal to black and yellow to crimson and olive green. The Illini’s famed Orange and Blue were recently given a modern update thanks to a rebranding effort sponsored by Nike. Now, all 19 of Illinois’ intercollegiate teams will have a consistent look that pays homage to the Block I logo.