Big Ten Announces 2014 Conference Football Schedule

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

May 16, 2013

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Big Ten office announced the conference schedule for the 2014 football season Thursday, as approved by the Big Ten Directors of Athletics. The 2014 schedule will consist of eight games for each of the Big Ten's 14 teams, feature a new division alignment, include the conference debut of Maryland and Rutgers, and culminate with the fourth-annual Big Ten Football Championship Game.

Illinois will face West Division foes Purdue (Oct. 4), Minnesota (Oct. 25) and Iowa (Nov. 15) at home, and will travel to Nebraska (Sept. 27), Wisconsin (Oct. 11) and Northwestern (Nov. 29). The Fighting Illini's two cross-division foes from the East are Ohio State (Nov. 1, away) and Penn State (Nov. 22, home).

Beginning in 2014, the Big Ten football division alignments will feature Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers in the East Division and Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin in the West Division. Each school will play the other six schools in its division plus two teams from the other division in 2014 and 2015, which will serve as transitional years in which the schools will still be playing eight-game schedules. Beginning in 2016, each school will play three teams from the other division as part of its nine-game schedule. The cross-division games will include one protected matchup on an annual basis between Indiana and Purdue.

On Wednesday, Illinois announced the completion of its 2014 non-conference schedule, which includes home games against Youngstown State (Aug. 30), Western Kentucky (Sept. 6) and Texas State (Sept. 20) and a road game at Washington (Sept. 13). With seven home games in 2014, the Illini will have seven or more games at Memorial Stadium for the fourth consecutive season (eight in 2011 and seven each in 2012, '13 and '14).

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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
 Sept. 27 at Nebraska Lincoln, Neb.
 Oct. 4 Purdue Memorial Stadium
 Oct. 11 at Wisconsin Madison, Wis.
 Oct. 18 OPEN  
 Oct. 25 Minnesota Memorial Stadium
 Nov. 1 at Ohio State Columbus, Ohio
 Nov. 8 OPEN  
 Nov. 15 Iowa Memorial Stadium
 Nov. 22 Penn State Memorial Stadium
 Nov. 29 at Northwestern Evanston, Ill.
 Dec. 6 at Big Ten Championship Game Indianapolis, Ind.