2021 IlliniBoard Football Preview
9:41 pm is still "Monday", right? I told people the preview would be out Monday. And it's Monday. Even on the east coast it's Monday. I mean, if you're in Nova Scotia, it's still Monday. Shoutout to all the Illini football fans in Halifax.
I know everyone cares about the word total (OK, I care about the word total), so here's the total this year: 24,724. You can't get more symmetrical than that. Total hours researching and writing it... maybe 90? I should track that next year. I know this final stretch run was 13 hours on Saturday, 15 hours on Sunday, and 11 hours today.
As always, a big thanks to Nate for editing it. Just imagine being told "I should have the offense ready for you to edit by 5:30 pm" and then getting the final section sent to you at 11:54 pm. That's what I put him through every year.
Purchasing the preview is basically the same as last year. Here's how it works:
+ If you're not a subscriber and you just want to buy the preview, it's $10. Follow the link below and you can purchase and download it.
+ If you're an Orange Tier or Seventeen Club subscriber, you'll have access to the page as long as your logged into your account. Click the link below, click on the preview, and you can download it. Your logged-in username will let you in while it keeps others out. (At least it should. If it doesn't, email me: Robert at IlliniBoard dot com).
+ If you're a Blue Tier subscriber and you'd like to upgrade to read the preview, well, we've put in a deal for you. If you go to the My Account page and upgrade your subscription to Orange Tier (from $30 to $60 per year, auto-renewed on your original subscription date), that upgrade is prorated. Meaning, if you subscribed to the Blue Tier on September 23rd last year, you can upgrade to Orange today and pay $2.50 (you paid for 11 months of Blue and would only pay one month of the upgraded Orange price). That gets you access to this preview today (and the basketball preview in November) plus the Slack channel, the newsletter, and the IlliniBoard store discount. You can go to the My Account tab at the top, choose the upgrade, pay the pro-rated amount from when your Blue subscription began, and immediately get this preview.
Enough talk. Let's get to the preview. If you want to read 24,724 words on the 2021 Illini football team, head to this page.