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    Illinois Announces Future Series with North Carolina
    Illinois Director of Athletics Mike Thomas has completed football schedules through 2017.

    Illinois Director of Athletics Mike Thomas has completed football schedules through 2017.

    Sept. 26, 2013

    Illinois Future Schedules (as of 9/26/13)

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The University of Illinois has announced a future home-and-home series with North Carolina, as well as three other non-conference games to complete the 2015, 2016 and 2017 football schedules.

    "We have worked very hard at securing future football opponents and we're happy to be able to include a peer institution in North Carolina," said Director of Athletics Mike Thomas. "We want to keep an opponent from one of the five major conferences on the schedule and maintain seven home games each season, even with the challenges posed when the Big Ten moves to nine conference games. This series accomplishes that goal."

    Illinois Football Future Schedule Additions/Changes:
    • Illinois added a home-and-home series with North Carolina in 2015 & '16, with the Illini traveling to Chapel Hill on Sept. 19, 2015, and the Tar Heels coming to Champaign on Sept. 10, 2016.

    • Previously announced 2015 non-conference games against Kent State and Western Illinois were each moved one week earlier to accommodate the UNC series. The Fighting Illini will now host Kent State on Sept. 5, 2015 (previously announced as Sept. 12), and Western Illinois on Sept. 12, 2015 (previously announced as Sept. 19).

    • In addition to UNC coming to Champaign, the 2016 schedule was completed with Murray State (Sept. 3, 2016) and Western Michigan (Sept. 17, 2016) also visiting Memorial Stadium. The Big Ten schedule shifts from an eight-game conference slate to nine games starting in 2016, meaning each school will have only three non-conference games beginning with the 2016 season.

    • The 2017 schedule was completed with the addition of a home game against Ball State on Sept. 2, 2017. Previously announced games at South Florida (Sept. 9) and at home against Western Kentucky (Sept. 16) round out the 2017 non-conference slate.

    • Future schedules are now complete through 2017. Big Ten schedules have not been released beyond 2017 and only one non-conference game has been announced by Illinois for 2018, home vs. South Florida on Sept. 15. No non-conference games have been announced beyond 2018.

    • All Illinois future schedules as they stand today can be found here.

    The 2013 Fighting Illini (2-1) host Miami (Ohio) on Saturday at 11 a.m. CT and tickets are on sale now. Next week, Illinois will travel to Nebraska to open Big Ten play before their second of two bye weeks, which is followed by the Illini's Big Ten home opener on Oct. 19 against Wisconsin. Coca-Cola Family 4-Pack tickets for the prime-time game against the Badgers are available for just $99.

    Future Schedules

     2014 ILLINOIS FOOTBALL SCHEDULE (Final)
     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 (Foundation Weekend) 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 (Homecoming) Memorial Stadium
     Nov. 1 at Ohio State Columbus, Ohio
     Nov. 8 OPEN  
     Nov. 15 Iowa (Dad's Day) Memorial Stadium
     Nov. 22 Penn State Memorial Stadium
     Nov. 29 at Northwestern Evanston, Ill.
     Dec. 6 at Big Ten Championship Game Indianapolis, Ind.

     2015 ILLINOIS FOOTBALL SCHEDULE (Final)
     Date Opponent Location
     Sept. 5 Kent State Memorial Stadium
     Sept. 12 Western Illinois Memorial Stadium
     Sept. 19 at North Carolina Chapel Hill, N.C.
     Sept. 26 Middle Tennessee State Memorial Stadium
     Oct. 3 Nebraska Memorial Stadium
     Oct. 10 at Iowa Iowa City, Iowa
     Oct. 17 OPEN  
     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.

     2016 ILLINOIS FOOTBALL SCHEDULE (Final)
     Date Opponent Location
     Sept. 3 Murray State Memorial Stadium
     Sept. 10 North Carolina Memorial Stadium
     Sept. 17 Western Michigan Memorial Stadium
     Sept. 24 OPEN  
     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.

     2017 ILLINOIS FOOTBALL SCHEDULE (Final)
     Date Opponent Location
     Sept. 2 Ball State Memorial Stadium
     Sept. 9 at South Florida Tampa, Fla.
     Sept. 16 Western Kentucky Memorial Stadium
     Sept. 23 OPEN  
     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

     2018 ILLINOIS FOOTBALL SCHEDULE (as of 9/3/13)
     Date Opponent Location
     Sept. 1 TBA  
     Sept. 8 TBA  
     Sept. 15 South Florida Memorial Stadium
     Sept. 22 TBA  
     Two non-conference games and Big Ten games TBA

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