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Illinois Football's Homecoming game vs. Minnesota set for 11:00am CT kickoff

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Also, Illinois is the most popular Homecoming choice for opposing teams.

Mike Granse-USA TODAY Sports

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

October 1

Northwestern @ Iowa, 12 pm ET

Rutgers @ Ohio State, 12 pm ET

Purdue @ Maryland, 3:30 pm ET

Illinois @ Nebraska, 3:30 pm ET

October 8

Maryland @ Penn State, 12 pm ET

October 15

Iowa @ Purdue, 12 pm ET

Illinois @ Rutgers, 12 pm ET

Nebraska @ Indiana, 3:30 pm ET

Northwestern @ Michigan State, 3:30 pm ET

October 22

Rutgers @ Minnesota, 12 pm ET

Indiana @ Northwestern, 12 pm ET

Illinois @ Michigan, 3:30 pm ET

October 29

Minnesota @ Illinois, 12 pm ET

November 12

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.