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Illiana

noun; blending
Blending of two state universities, the University of Indiana and the University of Illinois; it is used to jokingly refer to both teams' recent struggles on the football field. Both teams are in the same conference (Big Ten) and are both struggling. Throughout the year, the writers of the list have combined teams from the same area to add to the list when these teams struggle. Illiana is used to make light of two teams' similar struggles. Combination of the University of Indiana and Illinois football team, both of whom are struggling enough this year to be considered two of the worst teams in the country, hence making the list.
 
10. Illiana "I Think I’m In Love." In the grand tradition of U-L-U-Pick-em and Directional Michigan, Illinois and Indiana join forces to make the list.
Etymology : Blending/Clipping of Ill(inois) and (Ind)iana
Source : Bottom 10 College Football Poll, ESPN.com
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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