Illinois Finalizes 2014 Football Non-Conference Slate

Illinois will have seven home games in 2014.
Illinois will have seven home games in 2014.

May 15, 2013

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois Director of Athletics Mike Thomas announced on Wednesday the addition of two games to complete the 2014 football non-conference schedule. The Fighting Illini will host Western Kentucky (Sept. 6) and Texas State (Sept. 20) at Memorial Stadium, in what will be their first meeting with both teams.

Western Kentucky was 7-6 in 2012 and played in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, its first Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) bowl game in school history. WKU will move to Conference USA prior to the 2014 season. Texas State was 4-8 in 2012, its first as an FBS member. TSU becomes a member of the Sun Belt Conference starting with the 2013 season.

Illinois' 2014 non-conference slate also features two previously announced games, at home against Youngstown State (Aug. 30) and at Washington (Sept. 13), giving the Illini seven or more home games for the fourth straight season (eight in 2011 and seven each in 2012, '13 and '14).

The 2014 Big Ten schedule has yet to be announced, but the recently announced conference division alignments mean the Illini will face West Division foes Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin, plus two yet-to-be-determined teams from the East Division.

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The Fighting Illini will play seven home games in 2013, including three in the month of September and a marquee Big Ten slate of Wisconsin, Michigan State, Ohio State and Northwestern. Season tickets are on sale now. In addition to the exciting home schedule, the Fighting Illini will also host the Chicago Homecoming game at historic Soldier Field in Chicago on Sept. 14 against Washington. Tickets for the Chicago Homecoming game are on sale now.

 Date Opponent Location
 Aug. 30 Youngstown State Memorial Stadium
 Sept. 6 Western Kentucky Memorial Stadium
 Sept. 13 at Washington Seattle, Wash.
 Sept. 20 Texas State Memorial Stadium
 Big Ten Schedule TBA