Mark your calendars: Illini football kick-off five times now set | Sports

Thursday brought news from the Big Ten office on what part of the 2022 Illinois schedule will look like for the second year of the Bret Bielema era. NG Sport Copy Editor Joe Vozzelli Jr. take a closer look:

vs. Wyoming

3 p.m., August 27 (BTN)

The Cowboys are 1-18 all-time against Big Ten competition with Wyoming’s only win a 21-12 win at Wisconsin in 1986. That Week 0 game to start Year 2 of the Bret Bielema era will mark the first time Illinois will face the Cowboys.

in Indiana

7 p.m., September 2 (FS1)

The Illini haven’t played a game in Bloomington, Indiana, since 2013. That all changes in 2022 with that Friday night showdown to start playing the Big Ten for both programs. Cody Latimer led the Hoosiers to a 52-35 win over Illinois nine years ago.

against Virginia

3 p.m., September 10 (ESPNU)

The second leg of this home-and-away series comes in the fall after the Cavaliers routed the Illini, 42-14, last September in Charlottesville, Va. Safe to say, Ryan Walters’ defense will definitely have a point to prove on this particular Saturday.

against Chattanooga

7:30 p.m., September 22 (BTN)

Another untraditional kickoff with Illinois playing its second midweek game of the season opener. This time on a Thursday evening. The very first meeting between the Illini and the Mocs will serve as an appetizer for Hall of Fame weekend at CU.

against Minnesota

11 a.m., October 15 (TBD)

PJ Fleck’s crew rowed without a paddle offensively for much of last season’s 14-6 loss to Illinois in Minneapolis. The Gophers will travel to Champaign with an early kickoff for Illini’s Homecoming game in 2022.

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