Five seasons set for Illini Football

CHAMPAGNE, IL — Start times for five Illinois football games were announced Thursday by the Big Ten Conference and its television partners, including a 3 p.m. CT kickoff for the home game against Wyoming on day one of the college football season (Aug. 27).

Sat, Aug 27 » Wyoming in Illinois (3pm CT, Big Ten Network)
Fri, Sept 2 » Illinois in Indiana (7pm CT, FS1)
Saturday, September 10 » Virginia in Illinois (3pm CT, ESPNU)
Thu, Sept 22 » Chattanooga, Illinois (7:30pm CT, Big Ten Network)
Saturday, October 15 » Minnesota in Illinois (11am CT, TBA) – Homecoming/With Illinois Celebration

Start times and broadcast information for the remaining 2022 football games will be selected during the 6 or 12 day in-season television channel selection process.

The 2022 Fighting Ilini

Illinois is entering its second season under head coaching Bret Bielema, whose first season at Champaign was highlighted by back-to-back wins against top-25 opponents as the Illini thrived in the atmosphere of big games. Illinois won a 9-overtime showdown in front of 105,001 fans in No. 7 Penn State and upset the then-Big Ten West, who topped No. 20 Minnesota, for the Illini’s first win over a college football playoff-ranked opponent.

Illinois’ scoring defense, third down defense and total defense improved more than 50 spots in the nations rankings as of 2020 under the recently expanded defensive coordinator Ryan Walters. The Illinois offensive will be led by a new offensive coordinator Barry Lunay Jr.who comes to Champaign after helping UTSA climb the national ladder in 2021.

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Illinois has an exciting season ticket package that includes five of seven home games ahead of mid-October and six opponents who played in bowl games in 2021. Big Ten home games include Iowa (October 8), Minnesota on Homecoming (October 15), Michigan State for Father’s Day (November 5), and Purdue for Seniors’ Day (November 12).

The popular I FUND FamILLy 4 Pack Season Ticket Package is available for $429 and includes four Season Tickets ($82.25 per ticket) and a $100 I FUND Captain’s Club Membership. Captain’s Club members are entitled to a complimentary season ticket as part of their benefits.

A single-game FamILLy 4 Pack is available for the August 27th game against Wyoming, which opens the college football season. The package includes four tickets for just $59.

Season tickets for the public are now available for the 2022 season. Single match tickets are scheduled to go on sale to the general public on Wednesday 15th June. I FUND members have exclusive access to a single-game presale on Tuesday, June 14th.

2022 Illinois football schedule

date Opponent time/television
Sat 27 Aug Wyoming 3pm CT/BTN
Fri 2 Sept in Indiana 7 p.m. CT/FS1
Sat 10 Sept Virginia (Varsity I Day) 3 p.m. CT/ESPNU
Thu 22 Sept Chattanooga (Hall of Fame Weekend) 7:30pm CT/BTN
Sat 1 Oct in Wisconsin TBA
Sat 8 Oct Iowa TBA
Sat 15 Oct Minnesota (homecoming/with Illinois celebration) 11 a.m. CT/TBA
Sat 29 Oct in Nebraska TBA
Sat 5 November State of Michigan (Father’s Day) TBA
Sat 12 Nov Purdue TBA
Sat 19 Nov in Michigan TBA
Sat 26 Nov in the north-west TBA
Sat 3 Dec Big Ten Championship Game TBA

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