Middle Tennessee, Western Kentucky added to schedule

Middle Tennessee, Western Kentucky added to schedule

CHAMPAIGN — The first nonconference foe for Illinois football in 2017 is known.

Western Kentucky will make its second trip to Memorial Stadium on Sept. 16, 2017, two weeks before Illinois begins Big Ten play at home against Nebraska.  

The Hilltoppers, who will play its final season in the Sun Belt this fall before moving to Conference USA next season, are slated to tangle with the Illini on Sept. 6, 2014 in their first-ever game against Illinois.

It is one of three nonconference games Illinois will have that season. The Big Ten will start to play nine league games starting in 2016.

Illinois also took another step towards finalizing its four nonconference opponents for the 2015 season on Friday.

The Illini will host Middle Tennessee on Sept. 26, 2015 in their final nonconference game before they play Nebraska on Oct. 3 to start Big Ten action in Champaign.

Illinois has nonconference home games against Kent State (Sept. 12) and Western Illinois (Sept. 19) already on the schedule.

The Blue Raiders, who moved from the Sun Belt to Conference USA this year, have played Illinois twice in Champaign, but not since 2000. Illinois beat Middle

Tennessee 35-6 in 2000 when the Blue Raiders were in their second year at the FBS level. Illinois beat Middle Tennessee 48-20 in 1998 when the school from Murfeesboro was still I-AA.

2015 schedule (incomplete)
Date Opponent

Sept. 12 vs. Kent State

Sept. 19 vs. Western Illinois

Sept. 26 vs. Middle Tennessee

Oct. 3 vs. Nebraska

Oct. 10 at Iowa

Oct. 24 vs. Wisconsin

Oct. 31 at Penn State

Nov. 7 at Purdue

Nov. 14 vs. Ohio State

Nov. 21 at Minnesota

Nov. 28 vs. Northwestern

2017 schedule (incomplete)
Date Opponent

Sept. 16 vs. Western Kentucky

Sept. 30 vs. Nebraska

Oct. 7 at Iowa

Oct. 14 vs. Rutgers

Oct. 21 at Minnesota

Oct. 28 vs. Wisconsin

Nov. 4 at Purdue

Nov. 11 vs. Indiana

Nov. 18 at Ohio State

Nov. 25 vs. Northwestern


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