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Illinois announced as Minnesota Football’s 2017 Homecoming opponent

The Gophers will face the Illini on October 21st, 2017.

NCAA Football: Minnesota at Illinois Mike Granse-USA TODAY Sports

We now know who the Gophers will be playing at P.J. Fleck’s first Homecoming game as Minnesota’s head coach.

This isn’t a huge shock. The only other viable opponents for Homecoming were Maryland on 9/30 and Michigan State on 10/14. Minnesota typically avoids September Homecoming games whenever possible and if you have to choose between Michigan State and Illinois, well, obviously you pick Illinois.