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Illinois Football Spring Game 2022: Date, Time, How to Watch

While it’s not nearly as exciting as the real deal, it’s the last taste of Illinois football until the 2022 college slate kicks off in August.

Illinos Football Memorial Stadium Spring Game
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With the Super Bowl now in the rearview mirror, it feels like football season is a million miles away. While full-weekend slates on the gridiron won’t return until late August, several college programs will partake in spring scrimmages in the coming months. Illinois football will host its annual Orange and Blue Spring Game on April 21, 2022, at 7:30 PM CT, which will air on Big Ten Network.

The Illini are entering their second year under head coach Bret Bielema in 2022. His first season in Champaign resulted in a 5-7 record but included several moments that inspire hope for the future. Illinois upset two ranked Big Ten opponents — No. 7 Penn State and No. 20 Minnesota — on the road. There is still plenty of work to do, but Bielema and co. seem up for the challenge.

After finishing 10th in the conference in total offensive yards per game last season, Illinois tabbed Barry Lunney Jr. as its next offensive coordinator. The Illini saw firsthand what Lunney Jr. is capable of when falling to UTSA, his former school, 37-30 in their second game of the 2021 campaign. The Roadrunners won Conference USA and achieved a top-25 national ranking last season largely thanks to Lunney Jr.’s offense ranking 11th in the nation in scoring and 34th in total offense.

Illini fans will get their first glimpse of Lunney Jr.’s blueprints for the offense during the Orange and Blue Spring Game. While it’s not nearly as exciting as the real deal, it’s the last taste of Illinois football until the 2022 college slate kicks off in August.

Illinois Football Spring Game 2022

Date: Thursday, April 21

Time: 7:30 PM CT

Location: Memorial Stadium, Champaign, IL

TV: Big Ten Network

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