Illinois completes 2014 Non-Conference Football Schedule

By Kevin Kelley -
Illinois Fighting Illini

Illinois has completed their 2014 non-conference schedule. (Bradley Leeb-USA TODAY Sports)

The Illinois Fighting Illini have completed their 2014 non-conference football schedule with the addition of games against Texas State and Western Kentucky, the school announced today.

Illinois opens the 2014 season with consecutive games at Memorial Stadium in Champaign. Youngstown State visits on Aug. 30 in the season-opener for both schools. The following week, Western Kentucky visits for their first ever match-up with the Illini.

On Sept. 13, the Fighting Illini hit the road to face the Washington Huskies. Illinois trails in the overall series 5-4, but the two schools haven’t met since 1972.

Illinois’ final non-conference game in 2014 is at home on Sept. 20 against Texas State of the Sun Belt.

The Big Ten has not yet announced the 2014 conference schedule, but Illinois knows they will face Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue, and Wisconsin from the West Division and two teams from the East Division.

Today’s announcement means that Northwestern, Rutgers, and Wisconsin are the only three Big Ten schools that have yet to finalize their 2014 non-conference schedule.

The Sept. 6 game at Illinois also completes the 2014 non-conference schedule for Western Kentucky. The Hilltoppers open the season at home against Bowling Green on Thursday, Aug. 28. They also travel to Navy on Sept. 27 and later host Army on Nov. 15.

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11 Comments to Illinois completes 2014 Non-Conference Football Schedule

  1. Ben Big Tecn said....

    WOW, I wish I had season tickets for the Illini now!!! Adding Western Kentucky and Texas State along with Youngstown State to the non-conference home schedule puts shivers all over me. This is the best they could do???????????????

    May 15, 2013 at 7:03 pm
    • nampa native said....

      Illinois is such a crappy team that they will not schedule any decent teams. I am surprised that they did not cancel the Washington series so that they could play Peoria junior college. Their argument would be that it is a natural home state rival, just like arm wrestling your 85 year old grandfather at Thanksgiving .

      May 15, 2013 at 7:37 pm
    • Kevin Kelley said....

      Western Kentucky is pretty good. And Bobby Petrino is the coach there now so look out!

      May 15, 2013 at 8:11 pm
  2. Josh said....

    Texas State wins this game. They are a sleeping giant.

    May 15, 2013 at 7:50 pm
  3. nampa native said....

    Western Kentucky would beat 80% of the high schools in Texas-they are that good!

    May 15, 2013 at 9:29 pm
  4. Colin said....

    What’s that a Big 10 program and fan base doubting a Mid-Major Program from Texas? Now where have I seen this before…hmmmmm? Reminds me the smell of Roses :)

    May 15, 2013 at 11:11 pm
    • Bill said....

      At last an honest Texan. Thanks for validating what we all suspected—TCU is a mid-major.

      May 16, 2013 at 7:16 am
  5. Jeremiah Johnson said....

    Illinois 2-10 Overall Record, 0-8 Conference? If anybody should be disappointed about the scheduling it should be Texas State & Western Kentucky fans and not the Illinois Fans.

    May 16, 2013 at 7:55 am
    • Ryan said....

      Texas State fans are excited to play a B10 team. We could get rolled or we could win a squeaker. All I know is that road tripping plans are unfolding as I type this up.

      May 16, 2013 at 1:58 pm

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