The Big Ten released their football schedule today and the University of Illinois found themselves in the national spotlight. 

If (and this is a BIG if) everything goes as planned for the next month the University of Illinois will host Ohio State on September 3rd, a Thursday night game, and will be the first game between two power 5 schools.

The entire country will be watching this game so it will be a chance for Lovie Smith and his team to show the college football world if they're ready to be a team to contend with.

The last time Illinois played Ohio State with a ton on the line this happened:

AKA the most exciting Illinois football game in the past 20 years.

Like I said, there are a bunch of hurdles to get to September 3rd, but if they pull it off it will be nice to see Champaign back in the national spotlight.