Oct 25, 2014; Champaign, IL, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini players celebrate their win in the end zone with the band and student section singing the alma mater after the game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Memorial Stadium. Illinois beat Minnesota, 28-24. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
Big Ten football might offer Boston College some interesting scheduling opportunities in the future, and is the most “doable” of the other major conferences to schedule.
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Most Big Ten teams are on this end of the United States, and despite never having been in the conference, Boston College does have some history with its membership. Of course, some of them used to occupy the same conference as the Eagles, but even so, the maroon and gold have faced some Big Ten heavy-hitters on occasion.
What Big Ten football teams might Boston College see in the future?
Boston College Big Ten Football Schedule-A-Team: Illinois Fighting Illini
All-Time History With Boston College: None
Last Faced: Not applicable
Travel (if necessary): Maybe about a two-hour flight out to Illinois. Not in “driving range.”
Mutual Interest Factor: How much of one could there be, considering they have never played one another?
Intrigue Factor: They have the same color scheme as Syracuse, a team we play. Assuming that counts for absolutely nothing, then that should answer the question.
The Verdict: Would be open to the idea of scheduling home or away, but it seems unlikely.
Boston College and Illinois rarely meet in, well, any sport. An ACC-Big Ten Challenge game in the future is within reason, but that’s basketball, not football. The Fighting Illini do have a home-and-home with UConn on their future schedule, and they are going to meet ACC teams North Carolina and Virginia.
There is no specific reason why Boston College and Illinois would not schedule one another someday, but there does not seem to be any mutual interest. It might be a good thing for the Eagles if it happens, as they have recruited Illinois in the past – there are two Illinoisans on the active roster: Nick Lifka and Andy Gallik.