No trip to Wisconsin to face Bret Bielema’s old school in the second game of the season.
The changes don’t affect the three nonconference games for the Illini, who will still host Wyoming on Aug. 27, Virginia on Sept. 10 and FCS program Chattanooga on Sept. 24 at Memorial Stadium in Champaign.
And Illinois won’t travel to play at Penn State’s Beaver Stadium for the third straight season. The Illini were scheduled to play the Nittany Lions in University Park, Pa., on Oct. 15, but instead will host Minnesota that day.
But the Big Ten opener is now at Indiana on Sept. 3 instead of at Camp Randall Stadium against Wisconsin. The Illini will play the Badgers in Madison, Wis., on Oct. 1 now. Illinois hasn’t played Indiana on its home field since a 52-35 loss to the Hoosiers on Nov. 9, 2013.
A trip to Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, Ind., for the first time in nine years.
Those are some of the notable changes that went into effect on Wednesday as the Big Ten announced revised football schedules for the 2022 season.
The only Big Ten game that remained unchanged for Illinois with all of Wednesday’s revisions was the Nov. 26 regular-season finale at Northwestern.
Here’s a look at the revised 2022 schedule for the Illini, with times still to be determined:
Aug. 27, vs. Wyoming Sept. 3, at Indiana
Sept. 10, vs. Virginia Sept. 24, vs. Chattanooga
Oct. 1, at Wisconsin Oct. 8, vs. Iowa
Nov. 5, vs. Michigan State Nov. 12, vs. Purdue
Oct. 29, at Nebraska Oct. 15, vs. Minnesota