Illinois will play season opener under the lights on Friday, October 23rd

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CHAMPAIGN (WCIA) — Illinois Football will kick off the season at Wisconsin on Friday October, 23rd. They will face the No.16 Badgers in a prime time matchup, with kickoff set for 7pm CT on Big Ten network. This will be the first Big Ten game of the 2020 season.

Last season the Illini shocked No. 6 Wisconsin at Memorial Stadium. James McCourt kicked a last-minute filed goal to bring the Illini to a 24-23 win. This season, expectations are different. Defensive end Owen Carney Jr. says they’re looking to rise above the underdog status.

“We have a big chip on our shoulder,” says Carney. “We know what we’re capable of on all positions. In every room we have a dog, and the ones behind us have the same mentality. So we just feel like it’s our time. We had our rough patches back in 2017, when at the time there were 10 freshman on the field. It’s our time to be the bully now.”

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