Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 7/11/13
The Big Ten office announced conference schedules for the 2016 and ’17 college football seasons, which will commence the nine-game conference slate. The Illinois Fighting Illini, in the Big Ten West Division, will play each of the other six West Division foes – Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin – in both 2016 and ’17, in addition to three crossover games against the East. In 2016, the Fighting Illini will have crossover games at Rutgers (Oct. 15), at Michigan (Oct. 22) and at home against Michigan State (Nov. 5), making five of the Fighting Illini nine Big Ten games on the road. The 2017 Illini slate will feature three different crossover games against the East Division – at home against Rutgers (Oct. 14) and Indiana (Nov. 11), and at Ohio State (Nov. 18) – in addition to the six West Division games, meaning the Illini will have five Big Ten home games vs. four road games that season. All Fighting Illini non-conference games for the 2016 and 2017 seasons, as well as two for the 2015 season, have yet to be announced. Illini Future Schedule Notes • The Illini will open the Big Ten season against Nebraska each year between 2013 and 2017. The Fighting Illini will open conference play in Lincoln in 2013, 2014 and 2016, and in Champaign against the Huskers in 2015 and 2017. • The Fighting Illini will close the regular season against in-state rival Northwestern every season through 2017. The Illini will finish in Evanston in 2014 and 2016 and will host the Wildcats in Champaign on the final weekend in 2013, 2015 and 2017. • The only East Division team that the Illini will not face from 2014-17 will be Maryland. • While the 2014 Illini schedule is complete, the Illini still have two nonconference games to set in 2015 and three each in 2016 and ’17. Illini Schedules 2013-17 2016 Illini FOOTBALL SCHEDULE (as of 7/11/13) Date Opponent Location Oct. 1 at Nebraska Lincoln, Neb. Oct. 8 Purdue Memorial Stadium Oct. 15 at Rutgers Piscataway, N.J. Oct. 22 at Michigan Ann Arbor, Mich. Oct. 29 Minnesota Memorial Stadium Nov. 5 Michigan State Memorial Stadium Nov. 12 at Wisconsin Madison, Wis. Nov. 19 Iowa Memorial Stadium Nov. 26 at Northwestern Evanston, Ill. Three non-conference games TBA 2017 ILLINI FOOTBALL SCHEDULE (as of 7/11/13) Date Opponent Location Sept. 30 Nebraska Memorial Stadium Oct. 7 at Iowa Iowa City, Iowa Oct. 14 Rutgers Memorial Stadium Oct. 21 at Minnesota Minneapolis, Minn. Oct. 28 Wisconsin Memorial Stadium Nov. 4 at Purdue West Lafayette, Ind. Nov. 11 Indiana Memorial Stadium Nov. 18 at Ohio State Columbus, Ohio Nov. 25 Northwestern Memorial Stadium Three non-conference games TBA Paul M. Banks is the owner of The Sports Bank.net. (“Quasi-endorsed” by Philadelphia Eagles Coach Chip Kelly) He’s also an author who contributes regularly to MSN, Fox Sports , Chicago Now, Walter Football.com and Yardbarker Banks has appeared on the History Channel, as well as ESPN and CBS radio all over the world. The NFL, NBA expert does a weekly spot for 95.7 The Fan. President Barack Obama follows him on Twitter (@PaulMBanks), like him on Facebook The post Future Illini football schedules announced; 9 game conf season appeared first on The Sports Bank.Net.
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