The Big Ten Conference announced 2016 Homecoming kickoff times on Wednesday morning, and Illinois' October 29 matchup against Minnesota has been slated for an 11:00am CT start. The television network will be announced at a later date, but it'll likely be carried by BTN.
Illinois has played Minnesota 18 times for Homecoming. The most recent matchup came in 2014, when the Illini captured a big 28-24 victory over the Golden Gophers.
2016 Big Ten Homecoming Game Times
Northwestern @ Iowa, 12 pm ET
Rutgers @ Ohio State, 12 pm ET
Purdue @ Maryland, 3:30 pm ET
Illinois @ Nebraska, 3:30 pm ET
Maryland @ Penn State, 12 pm ET
Iowa @ Purdue, 12 pm ET
Illinois @ Rutgers, 12 pm ET
Nebraska @ Indiana, 3:30 pm ET
Northwestern @ Michigan State, 3:30 pm ET
Rutgers @ Minnesota, 12 pm ET
Indiana @ Northwestern, 12 pm ET
Illinois @ Michigan, 3:30 pm ET
Minnesota @ Illinois, 12 pm ET
Illinois @ Wisconsin, 3:30 pm ET
Your eyes do not deceive you. Including their own, Illinois will be participating in five (!!) Homecoming games this Fall. That seems pretty bizarre! But putting potential #DISRESPECT aside, this is pretty great news because three of those games have been assigned 2:30pm CT slots. That means there's a chance the Fighting Illini will be playing on ESPN and/or ABC a few times.
Big Ten announced homecoming kickoff times, opponents today. Most popular opponents: Illinois (4), Rutgers (2), Northwestern (2).— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) May 11, 2016