CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The University of Illinois and University of Connecticut have finalized a home-and-home football series for the 2019 and 2020 seasons, both schools announced Tuesday. The Fighting Illini will travel to East Hartford, Conn., to face the Huskies on Sept. 7, 2019, with UConn returning the game in Champaign on Sept. 12, 2020. The two schools have never faced each other in football.
The Big Ten will move to a nine-game conference slate starting in 2016, with each team alternating between having five home/four road games and four home/five road games every other year. In 2019, the Illinois-UConn meeting in Storrs falls on a year when Illinois has five Big Ten home games and four road games, keeping the opportunity open for seven Illini home games. Though Big Ten schedules have only been released through 2019, if the pattern holds true in 2020 when the Huskies are set to come to Champaign, the Illini would have four B1G home games and five B1G road games that season.
The UConn series is one of many future non-conference games that have been scheduled in the last few months:
In 2014, the Illini will travel to Seattle to face Washington, completing the home-and-home that began with this year's Chicago Homecoming game at Soldier Field.
In 2015 and '16, Illinois will play a home-and-home series with North Carolina, with the Illini traveling to Chapel Hill on Sept. 19, 2015, and the Tar Heels coming to Champaign on Sept. 10, 2016.
A home-and-home series with the University of South Florida will span 2017 and '18, as the Orange and Blue are scheduled to travel to Tampa on Sept. 9, 2017, with the return game slated for Sept. 15, 2018, in Champaign.
Illinois and Virginia will play a home-and-home series in 2021 and '22, with the Illini traveling to Charlottesville on Sept. 11, 2021, and UVA coming to Memorial Stadium on Sept. 10, 2022.
In 2023 and '24, Illinois is scheduled to play a home-and-home series with Kansas, with the Illini traveling to Lawrence on Sept. 9, 2023, and the Jayhawks returning the game in Champaign on Sept. 7, 2024.
Big Ten schedules are complete through 2019, while full 12-game schedules are complete for Illinois through 2018.
All Illinois future schedules as they stand today can be found here.