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Illinois Football announces kickoff times for Ball State, Western Kentucky games

The Fighting Illini will get a Week 2 primetime game at Memorial Stadium.

NCAA Football: Ohio State at Illinois Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Illinois Football has announced the kickoff times for the first two games of the season. The Fighting Illini will host Ball State to open the year on September 2 at 11 AM CST on the Big Ten Network.

BTN will also carry Illinois’ second game of the year, now a prime time 7 PM CST game against Western Kentucky on September 9. This matchup now marks the first of three straight primetime games for Illinois.

Illinois will visit Tampa to play USF at 6 PM CST in Week 3 on ESPN to end non-conference play. Illinois will then open Big Ten play under the lights at Memorial Stadium on Friday, September 29 at 7 PM CST to face the Cornhuskers; that game will be aired on FS1.

7 out of 12 Illini games now have kickoff times. The remaining starts will be announced during the season.

Illinois Football 2017 Schedule

Date Opponent Home/Away Time TV
Date Opponent Home/Away Time TV
Sept. 2 Ball State Home 11 am CST BTN
Sept. 9 Western Kentucky Home 7 pm CST BTN
Sept. 15 at USF Away 6 pm CST ESPN
Sept. 29 Nebraska Home 7 pm CST FS1
Oct. 7 at Iowa Away 11 am CST TBA
Oct. 14 Rutgers Home TBA TBA
Oct. 21 at Minnesota Away 2:30 or 3 pm CST TBA
Oct. 28 Wisconsin Home 11 am CST TBA
Nov. 4 at Purdue Away TBA TBA
Nov. 11 Indiana Home TBA TBA
Nov. 18 at Ohio State Away TBA TBA
Nov. 25 Northwestern Home TBA TBA