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Redbird fans will want to cheer for Illinois State’s football team as it takes on University of Illinois players September 5, 2020. The competition will be in Champaign. The two teams last met in 2009, with the Illini taking the win.

The Illini play in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). It is considered the highest level of collegiate play. Illinois State is in the Football Championship Conference, which allows fewer scholarships than the FBS.

Other Big Ten Conference football games scheduled are ISU against Wisconsin in 2022 and the University of Iowa in August 2024.