Oct. 27, 2012; Champaign, IL, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase (2) hands the ball off to running back Donovonn Young (5) during the first half against the Indiana Hoosiers at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reid Compton-USA TODAY Sports

Illinois Football: Big Ten Announces 2016 and 2017 Conference Schedules

After announcing the 2014 and 2015 conference schedules earlier this offseason, the Big Ten Conference did the same thing this week by announcing the conference schedules for the 2016 and 2017 seasons. The 2016 season will mark the first nine-game conference schedule for the Big Ten.

The Fighting Illini will be in the Big Ten West Division starting in 2014 and will play each of the other six West Division (Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin) in 2016 and 2017. They will also play three crossover games against the East Division.

In 2016, Illinois will play their three crossover games at Rutgers (Oct. 15), at Michigan (Oct. 22) and at home against Michigan State (Nov. 5). In 2017, they will play them at home against Rutgers (Oct. 14) and Indiana (Nov. 11), and at Ohio State (Nov. 18).

One thing the nine game schedule will do is make the number of road and home games uneven. Illinois will play five of their nine conference games on the road in 2016 while playing five of their nine conference games at home in 2017.

2016 Illinois Football — Big Ten Schedule

Oct. 1st – @ Nebraska
Oct. 8th – v.s. Purdue
Oct. 15th – @ Rutgers
Oct. 22nd – @ Michigan
Oct. 29th – v.s. Minnesota
Nov. 5th – v.s. Michigan State
Nov. 12th – @ Wisconsin
Nov. 19th – v.s. Iowa
Nov. 26th – @ Northwestern

2017 Illinois Football — Big Ten Schedule

Sept. 30th – v.s. Nebraska
Oct. 7th – @ Iowa
Oct. 14th – v.s. Rutgers
Oct. 21st – @ Minnesota
Oct. 28th – v.s. Wisconsin
Nov. 4th – @ Purdue
Nov. 11th – v.s. Indiana
Nov. 18th – @ Ohio State
Nov. 25th – v.s. Northwestern

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