The season begins with the annual Orange & Blue scrimmage Oct. 26 at 4:30 p.m. Exhibition games vs. Florida Southern on Nov. 2 and Lewis on Nov. 9 will be held at 4:30 p.m. and streamed live on bigtennetwork.com. Illinois opens the regular season vs. Eastern Washington on Nov. 14 at 8:30 p.m., followed by Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Nov. 16 at 4:30 p.m. Bigtennetwork.com will video stream both of those games as well.
Illinois' first road game of the season is Nov. 20 at Vanderbilt, scheduled for 7 p.m. and televised on FSN South. The Illini return to the Assembly Hall on Nov. 23, taking on Jackson State at 3 p.m. That game will be shown on the Big Ten Network.
The ACC/Big Ten Challenge home game vs. Clemson on Dec. 2 is set for 6:30 p.m. on ESPN2. The Illini face Georgia at the United Center in Chicago for the Lexus to December to Remember Classic on Dec. 6 at 11 a.m. (ESPNU). Three consecutive 7 p.m. home games follow, vs. Hawaii on Dec. 8 (BTN), Chicago State on Dec. 10 (bigtennetwork.com) and Detroit on Dec. 20 (BTN).
The 28th annual Busch Braggin' Rights vs. Missouri in St. Louis tips off at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 23 and will be shown on ESPN2. The non-conference schedule wraps up on Dec. 28, with the Eastern Michigan game set for 1 p.m. (BTN).
Times and television information for the South Padre Island Invitational games on Nov. 28 and Nov. 29 are TBA.