Illinois will host MTSU in at Memorial Stadium in 2015 and WKU in 2017.
Aug. 9, 2013
CHAMPAIGN, IL - University of Illinois Director of Athletics Mike Thomas announced Friday the addition of two future football games at Memorial Stadium. The Fighting Illini will host Middle Tennessee State on Sept. 26, 2015, and Western Kentucky on Sept. 16, 2017.
Illinois and Middle Tennessee State have met twice previously, both Illinois victories. In 1998, the Illini defeated the Blue Raiders, 48-20, and in 2000, Illinois cruised to a 35-6 win. MTSU is joining Conference USA starting with the 2013 season. The scheduling of MTSU, along with previously announced games against Kent State (Sept. 12) and Western Illinois (Sept. 19), means only one non-conference game has yet to be scheduled for 2015.
In addition to the 2017 matchup with Western Kentucky, Illinois also will host the Hilltoppers at Memorial Stadium on Sept. 6, 2014, in what will be the first meeting between the two 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. The Illinois-WKU game is the first of three non-conference games to be announced for the 2017 season.
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 and single-game 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.
|2015 ILLINOIS FOOTBALL SCHEDULE (as of 8/9/13)|
|Sept. 12||Kent State||Memorial Stadium|
|Sept. 19||Western Illinois||Memorial Stadium|
|Sept. 26||Middle Tennessee State||Memorial Stadium|
|Oct. 3||Nebraska||Memorial Stadium|
|Oct. 10||at Iowa||Iowa City, Iowa|
|Oct. 24||Wisconsin||Memorial Stadium|
|Oct. 31||at Penn State||State College, Pa.|
|Nov. 7||at Purdue||West Lafayette, Ind.|
|Nov. 14||Ohio State||Memorial Stadium|
|Nov. 21||at Minnesota||Minneapolis, Minn.|
|Nov. 28||Northwestern||Memorial Stadium|
|Dec. 5||at Big Ten Championship Game||Indianapolis, Ind.|
|One non-conference game TBA|
|2017 ILLINOIS FOOTBALL SCHEDULE (as of 8/9/13)|
|Sept. 16||Western Kentucky||Memorial Stadium|
|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|
|Two non-conference games TBA|