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Illinois Football to open season Friday, Oct. 23 at Wisconsin

11 days.

NCAA Football: Wisconsin at Illinois Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports

Mark your calendars.

Almost 300 days (298 to be exact) after the Redbox Bowl on Dec. 30, 2019, Illinois Football officially kicks off its 2020 season Friday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. in Madison, Wisconsin.

The Illini will look to repeat last year’s performance in which they upset the then No. 4 ranked Wisconsin Badgers on a last-second James McCourt field goal.

It will be the only Friday night game, according to a team spokesperson. Illinois will square off against Purdue on Halloween from Memorial Stadium the following week.