Illinois 2024 Football Schedule: List of Fighting Illini Opponents Ahead of Conference Expansion

    Change is coming to the Big Ten in 2024 and that is reflected in Illinois' 2024 football schedule for the upcoming college football season.

    With the Big Ten expanding and adding four new teams, Oregon, UCLA, USC, and Washington, the Big Ten has shifted away from divisions and created a new scheduling format. How does that change the Illinois schedule?

    Illinois 2024 Football Schedule

    A full breakdown of the Illinois Fighting Illini‘s schedule is below:

    • vs. TBA
      Saturday, August 31, 2024
    • vs. Kansas Jayhawks
      Saturday, September 7, 2024
    • vs. Central Michigan Chippewas
      Saturday, September 14, 2024
    • at Nebraska Cornhuskers
      Saturday, September 21, 2024
    • at Penn State Nittany Lions
      Saturday, September 28, 2024
    • TBA
      Saturday, October 5, 2024
    • vs. Purdue Boilermakers
      Saturday, October 12, 2024
    • vs. Michigan Wolverines
      Saturday, October 19, 2024
    • at Oregon Ducks
      Saturday, October 26, 2024
    • vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers
      Saturday, November 2, 2024
    • TBA
      Saturday, November 9, 2024
    • vs. Michigan State Spartans
      Saturday, November 16th, 2024
    • at Rutgers Scarlet Knights
      Saturday, November 23, 2024
    • at Northwestern Wildcats
      Saturday, November 30, 2024

    The 2024 Big Ten football season will feature a combination of protected opponents and rotating opponents for each university. Each member institution will continue to play nine intraconference games per season, and teams will play every other conference opponent at least twice – once home and once away – and will play rotating opponents no more than three times in five years.

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    Conference schedules will include 12 protected matchups that will continue to be played annually and feature a combination of historic and geographic rivalries, as well as trophy games. These matchups were finalized in conjunction with all 18 member institutions to ensure the traditions of the Big Ten Conference remain strong as the conference evolves.

    For Illinois, their guaranteed annual matchups will be their games against the Northwestern Wildcats and the Purdue Boilermakers. Their only matchup against a new expansion team in 2024 will be traveling to take on the Oregon Ducks in October.

    The Fighting Illini drew a favorable home stretch in 2024 but will have to travel to take on Nebraska, Penn State, and Oregon in some of college football’s toughest environments.

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