Big Ten Announces 2016 and '17 Football Schedules

Illinois will host four B1G home games at Memorial Stadium in 2016 and five in 2017.
Illinois will host four B1G home games at Memorial Stadium in 2016 and five in 2017.

July 11, 2013

Full 2016 B1G Schedule | Full 2017 B1G Schedule | Future Illinois Schedules

Park Ridge, Ill. - The Big Ten office announced the conference schedules for the 2016 and '17 football seasons Thursday, as approved by the Big Ten Directors of Athletics. The 2016 season will mark the start of the nine-game conference slate in the Big Ten.

Illinois, who will be in the Big Ten West Division starting in 2014, 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's nine B1G games on the road.

The 2017 Illinois 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. Earlier this summer, Illinois announced conference schedules for the 2014 and 2015 seasons, as well as a pair of non-conference games for 2015.

East and West Divisional play will begin in 2014 with the addition of Maryland and Rutgers to the Big Ten Conference, making 2013 the final year of the 12-team league and the Legends and Leaders division names. 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.

Illinois Future Schedule Notes
• All Illinois future schedules, as they stand now, can be found here:
• Illinois 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 Illinois will not face from 2014-17 will be Maryland.
• From 2014-17, there will be 10 crossover games (two each in 2014 & 2015 and three each in 2016 & 2017). Here's the breakdown of how many times Illinois will face each East Division team during that span: Ohio State (3), Penn State (2), Rutgers (2), Michigan (1), Michigan State (1), Indiana (1), Maryland (0).
• While the 2014 Illinois schedule is complete, the Illini still have two nonconference games to set in 2015 and three each in 2016 and '17.

2013 Tickets On Sale | 2013 Schedule
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 also will 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.

 2016 ILLINOIS 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 ILLINOIS 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