The in-state football showdown between ISU and the University of Illinois has been pushed back from 2020 to 2028. The contest slated for September 4 of this year was canceled due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The game is now set for September 2, 2028, at the Memorial Stadium on the Champaign campus.

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It worked out well the last time the Redbirds played a Big Ten school from the state. On September 10, 2016, Sean Slattery ’17 kicked a 33-yard field goal as time expired in Illinois State’s 9-7 win at Northwestern.