Kansas, Illinois announce football series in 2023-24

01/07/2014 3:45 PM

01/07/2014 3:45 PM

Adjust your schedules accordingly.

Kansas and Illinois have scheduled a home-and-home football series that will begin in 2023 in Lawrence, the school announced on Thursday. Assuming the schools do not meet in a bowl game before then, it will be the first meeting between the two schools since 1968.

The first game in the series is scheduled for Sept. 9, 2023, at KU’s Memorial Stadium, while Kansas will make the return trip to Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill., on Sept. 7, 2024.

“I am really pleased to add Illinois to our schedule,” Kansas coach Charlie Weis said. “This series gives us another opportunity to play a game in an important area to our recruiting efforts. Additionally, it’s a chance to accommodate our large alumni base in the Chicago area.”

In a series that dates back to 1892, Kansas is 2-3 all-time against the Illini. The Jayhawks defeated Illinois 26-4 on Nov. 1, 1892, the school’s second season of football. After three straight losses, Kansas won the most recent game against Illinois, beating the Illini 47-7 in Champaign on Sept. 21, 1968.

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