Illinois, Missouri to resume football with 4-game series

College Football Schedule Illinois

College Football Schedule Illinois

Butkus played at IL from 1962-64, where he was named an All-American three times.

A statue recognizing football legend Dick Butkus and the renewal of the football rivalry between IL and Missouri were among major announcements made Monday by Illini Athletics Director Josh Whitman.

IL now has future home-and-home series scheduled against Virginia, Kansas, Duke, and Missouri.

IL alum George Lundeen will create the Butkus statue and plans to have it finished in time for the 2019 football season.

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It's still a few seasons away, but athletic department officials at both the University of IL and Missouri University have agreed to resume the football Braggin' Rights game. "As our football program advances, it is important that we build our nonconference schedule accordingly".

Missouri will play at IL on September 26, 2026 and September 16, 2028. The opportunity to compete against an opponent from the Southeastern Conference and to play a geographic rival like Missouri will be exciting for our players, coaches, and fans. They most recently played in 2010 in St. Louis where Missouri won 23-13.

Missouri holds a 17-7 advantage in games against IL.

Missouri also announced on Monday that they have completed their 2020 non-conference schedule with the addition of a game vs. UL Lafayette on November 21. When the series does resume, it will be good to see it being played on campus sites as opposed to an NFL stadium that will have been abandoned for football purposes for a decade.

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