The Fighting Illini have reached the halfway point of the 2013 season already a win better than last year and halfway to bowl eligibility.
Perhaps most impressive was the Illini's 45-17 drubbing over Cincinnati on September 7, who at the time had received 27 votes in the September 1 poll.
Following the win, Illinois received nine votes in the next poll, its only occasion of receiving votes thus far.
There have also been other high points throughout Illinois' season, a season which many feared would be even worse than last year. Here we present the midseason awards for Fighting Illini football.