103rd Homecoming Game Time Set

This year's Homecoming will be an afternoon kickoff (2:30 pm CT).
This year's Homecoming will be an afternoon kickoff (2:30 pm CT).

May 24, 2013

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Big Ten Conference announced the start times for this year's Homecoming games on Thursday. Illinois' Homecoming matchup with Michigan State on Saturday, Oct. 26, will start at 2:30 p.m. CT. In addition, the Illini's Oct. 5 game at Nebraska, the Huskers' Homecoming game, will kick at 11 a.m. CT. Television information for both games will be announced at a later date.

This year will mark the 103rd Homecoming at the University of Illinois. The Fighting Illini are 44-56-2 all-time on Homecoming, dating back to 1910, a 3-0 win over Chicago. The University of Illinois boasts being one of the first universities to celebrate Homecoming, a tradition on almost every college campus. It was conceived in 1909 by students C.F. Williams and W. Elmer Ekblaw, members of the Shield and Trident senior society. They joined with another society, Phoenix, to organize the three-day event.

The Fighting Illini will again 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 can be purchased here for as low as $99.

In addition to the exciting seven-game home slate, 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 start at $30 and are on sale now.

 Date Opponent Location Time TV
 Aug. 31 Southern Illinois Memorial Stadium TBA TBA
 Sept. 7 Cincinnati Memorial Stadium TBA TBA
 Sept. 14 vs. Washington (Chicago Homecoming) Soldier Field, Chicago, Ill. 5 pm CT BTN
 Sept. 28 Miami (OH)   (Dad's Day) Memorial Stadium TBA TBA
 Oct. 5 at Nebraska Lincoln, Neb. 11 am CT TBA
 Oct. 19 Wisconsin Memorial Stadium 7 pm CT BTN
 Oct. 26 Michigan State  (Homecoming) Memorial Stadium 2:30 pm CT TBA
 Nov. 2 at Penn State University Park, Pa. TBA TBA
 Nov. 9 at Indiana Bloomington, Ind. TBA TBA
 Nov. 16 Ohio State Memorial Stadium TBA TBA
 Nov. 23 at Purdue West Lafayette, Ind. TBA TBA
 Nov. 30 Northwestern Memorial Stadium TBA TBA
 Dec. 7 at Big Ten Championship Game Indianapolis, Ind. TBA FOX