LARAMIE, Wyo. - The University of Wyoming and the University of Illinois announced on Wednesday a future football game to be played in Champaign, Ill., on Sept. 17, 2022.
It will be the first meeting in football between the Cowboys and the Fighting Illini. Illinois will be the eighth member of the Big Ten Conference that Wyoming will have faced in its history.
Wyoming has previously played current Big Ten members Iowa, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State and Wisconsin. The Cowboys have one win over a Big Ten team, defeating Wisconsin in Madison, Wis., by a score of 21-12 in 1986.
Although the Cowboys have only one win over Big Ten schools, the Pokes have played a number of close games in its meetings versus current members of the Big Ten. Those close games include six games decided by 10 points or less and nine decided by 14 points or less. Among Wyoming’s strong performances vs. Big Ten teams are: a one-point loss (19-20) to Iowa in the 1987 Holiday Bowl, a three-point loss (34-37) in its most recent trip to Nebraska in 2013, a three-point loss (10-13) at Nebraska in 1968, a five-point loss (22-27) at Northwestern in 1979, a nine-point defeat (28-37) at Wisconsin in 1973, a 10-point loss (32-42) at eventual National Champion Nebraska in 1994, an 11-point loss (10-21) at Michigan State in 1976, a 14-point loss (10-24) at Ohio State in 1997 and a 14-point loss (7-21) at Iowa in 1953.
Prior to its 2022 trip to Illinois, Wyoming is scheduled to play at Big Ten members Nebraska on Sept. 10, 2016 and Iowa on Sept. 2, 2017.