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Big Ten announces Illinois’ conference opponents

It’s a favorable schedule.

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The Big Ten announced who Illinois will be playing this upcoming season — and where those games will be played.

For the 2022-23 season, Illinois will play seven teams both home and away, while they play six teams only once.

Here's how that looks with my gut reaction in parentheses.

Home & Away:

  • Indiana (sure, that’s a good test)
  • Minnesota (should be 2 wins)
  • Nebraska (also 2 wins, thanks, Fred!)
  • Northwestern (mhmmmmm)
  • Ohio State (great test)
  • Penn State (Illinois is better)
  • Wisconsin (yay, I’ll be at that game in Madison!)

Home Only:

  • Michigan (ooooooo, Orange Krush will like that one)
  • Michigan State (also oooooo)
  • Rutgers (thank the lord)

Away Only:

  • Iowa (ughhhhhhhhhhh no Fran in the CU)
  • Maryland (ughhhhhhhhhhh)
  • Purdue (ughhhhhhhhhhhhhh)

Anywho, Illinois is 44-16 over the past three years in conference play, so basically 15-5 on average. I see that as possible again if the team gels early on.