Kansas and Illinois will meet on the gridironfor the first time since 1968 when the Jayhawks host the Illini in 2023 as thefirst part of a home-and-home series, it was announced Tuesday afternoon.
The 2023 home game against Illinois is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 9, atMemorial Stadium in Lawrence. KU will travel to Champaign, Ill., for a returngame at the Illini's Memorial Stadium on Sept. 7, 2024.
"I am really pleased to add Illinois to our schedule," said Kansasfootball head coach CharlieWeis. "This series gives us another opportunity to play a gamein an important area to our recruiting efforts. Additionally, it's a chance toaccommodate our large alumni base in the Chicago area."
Kansas trails the all-time series with Illinois, 2-3. KU defeated the Illini,26-4, on Nov. 1, 1892 in Lawrence in the programs' first ever meeting. The 1892meeting came in KU's second year of fielding a football team.
Illinois put together three-straight wins over KU, all in games played inChampaign. The Illini took a 30-0 win in 1916, followed by a 22-0 victoryversus the Jayhawks in 1917. They closed out the winning streak with a 25-0triumph over KU in 1929.
The Jayhawks won the most recent game against Illinois, putting together a 47-7win in Champaign on Sept. 21, 1968.
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