Analysis: Illinois’ 2020 Season Will Be Defined Before Thanksgiving

Matthew Stevens

The new 2020 Big Ten Conference football schedule should give Illinois fans a true sense of where their favorite football team stands before the Thanksgiving holiday.

In the first five weekends of this 2020 season, Illinois will have four divisional games and the only Eastern Division crossover game (at Rutgers) being the only contest the Illini can be assured on Sept. 19 (which was when this schedule was released on Fox’s Big Noon Kickoff pre-game show) they’ll be favored to win.

First five games of the 2020 season for Illinois:
Oct. 24 at Wisconsin
Oct. 31 PURDUE
Nov. 7 MINNESOTA
Nov. 14 at Rutgers
Nov. 21 at Nebraska

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