Illinois, Big Ten announce 2016 and 2017 football schedules

Nov 24, 2011; Evanston, IL, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini head coach Tim Beckman leads his team to the field before the game against the Northwestern Wildcats at Ryan Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

The Big Ten announced the conference schedules for the 2016 and 2017 football seasons Thursday, as approved by the Big Ten Athletic Directors. The 2016 season will mark the much anticipated start of the nine-game conference schedule in the Big Ten with the addition of Maryland and Rutgers to the conference.

Illinois, who will be in the newly aligned Big Ten West Division starting in 2014, will play each of their six West Division foes – Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue, and Wisconsin – in both 2016 and 2017. The Fighting Illini will play three East division teams in a crossover game in 2016 and 2017.

The Illini will have road crossover games against East division opponents Rutgers (Oct. 15), Michigan (Oct. 22) and a home game against Michigan State (Nov. 5). The remaining East Division schools include Indiana, Maryland, Ohio State, Penn State.

The 2017 Illini will feature three new East Division opponents – at home against Rutgers (Oct. 14) and Indiana (Nov. 11), and at Ohio State (Nov. 18).

All Illini non-conference games for the 2016 and 2017 seasons, as well as two for the 2015 season, have yet to be announced.

2016 Schedule
Oct. 1 — at Nebraska
Oct. 8 — Purdue
Oct. 15 — at Rutgers
Oct. 22 — at Michigan
Oct. 29 — Minnesota
Nov. 5 — Michigan State

Nov. 12 — at Wisconsin
Nov. 19 — Iowa
Nov. 26 — at Northwestern
Three non-conference games TBA

2017 Schedule
Sept. 30 — Nebraska
Oct. 7 — at Iowa
Oct. 14 — Rutgers
Oct. 21 — at Minnesota
Oct. 28 — Wisconsin
Nov. 4 — at Purdue
Nov. 11 — Indiana
Nov. 18 — at Ohio State
Nov. 25 — Northwestern
Three non-conference games TBA

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Topics: Big Ten, Illinois Football, NCAA

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