While it’s not exactly like Wisconsin adding LSU, it is… meh, who the hell am I kidding; it’s absolutely nothing like UW adding one of the premier teams in the SEC.
Regardless, Illinois announced Friday a pair of additions to its future home football schedule. On Sept. 26, 2015, the Illini will play host to Middle Tennessee State, while the program will entertain Western Kentucky on Sept. 16, 2017.
The Illini and MTSU have met twice previously in football, the last coming in 2000. The Illini and Hilltoppers have never faced each other on the gridiron.
With the addition of MTSU, three of the Illini’s four nonconference games in 2015 (Kent State, Western Illinois)are set. The WKU game is the first of just three nonconference games in 2017 as, the year before, the Big Ten will move to a nine-game conference schedule.