The Big Ten Network established their kickoff times for the first portion of the non-conference season this afternoon. For the first two weeks of the year, Illinois will play in that lovely 11:00 AM time slot. The Illini start the year at home on August 30th against Youngstown State (the first-ever meeting between these two) and play Western Kentucky the following week.
Both games will be aired on BTN and BTN2Go, but you might experience some trouble finding these games on-air if you don't live in Chambana. Also scheduled to air on BTN at 11:00 AM on August 30th is Northern Iowa at Iowa, so you might have to rely on the app if they're showing the Hawkeye game in your area. The same holds true for September 6th, when Howard will visit Rutgers and Western Illinois will play at Wisconsin at 11:00 AM CST.
The Illini now have six confirmed kick-off times for the upcoming season. The full schedule is below:
August 30th -- vs. Youngstown State -- 11:00 AM CST (BTN)
September 6th -- vs. Western Kentucky -- 11:00 AM CST (BTN)
September 13th -- at Washington -- 3:00 PM CST (FOX)
September 20th -- vs. Texas State -- Time TBD
September 27th -- at Nebraska -- 8:00 PM CST (BTN)
October 4th -- vs. Purdue -- Time TBD
October 11th -- at Wisconsin -- Time TBD
October 25th -- vs. Minnesota (Homecoming) -- 11:00 AM CST
November 1st -- at Ohio State -- 7:00 PM CST (ESPN/ABC)
November 15th -- vs. Iowa (Dad's day) -- Time TBD
November 22nd -- vs. Penn State -- Time TBD
November 29th -- at Northwestern -- Time TBD
And for all you hopefuls out there...
December 6th -- Big Ten Championship Game -- 7:00 PM CST (FOX)
Just looking at the Big Ten's football schedule for the first three weeks, there are several intriguing match-ups: Wisconsin-LSU in Week One, Michigan State-Oregon and Michigan-Notre Dame in Week Two, and Iowa State-Iowa in Week Three. You can check out the entire network broadcast schedule for the non-conference season right here: http://btn.com/2014/07/16/b1g-announces-times-networks-for-first-three-weeks/