CHAMPAIGN - Illinois football has completed its nonconference schedule through 2022, announcing Wednesday eight additional games against non-power five opponents.
Aug. 31, 2019 vs. Akron
Sept. 14, 2019 vs. Eastern Michigan
Sept. 5, 2020 vs. Florida Atlantic
Sept. 19, 2020 vs. Bowling Green
Sept. 4, 2021 vs. UTSA
Oct. 2, 2021 vs. Charlotte
Sept. 17, 2022 vs. Wyoming
Sept. 24, 2022 vs. Central Michigan
The Illini already schedule home-and-home matchups with one power-five nonconference opponent through 2026. The Illini will finish the second part of a home-and-home with North Carolina when they host the Tar Heels Sept. 10, 2016, at Memorial Stadium. The Illini also have home-and-home series scheduled with South Florida (2017-18), Connecticut (2019-20), Virginia (2021-22), Kansas (2023-24) and Duke (2025-26).
The Big Ten officially moves to a nine-game conference schedule in 2016. Illinois worked the schedule to ensure it will host seven home games, including its two remaining games against Northwestern at Soldier Field, through the 2026 season.
Interestingly, Illinois will play all three of its non-conference games at home in even years (when the Illini play five B1G road games) and will play one non-conference game on the road in odd years (when the Illini play four B1G road games).