Illinois State to face Colorado State in 2018

(STATS) - Illinois State and Colorado State announced a first-ever meeting Sept. 22, 2018 in Fort Collins on Thursday.

Illinois State defeated an FBS opponent this past season, 9-7 at Northwestern.

"I think this game is a great opportunity for our players, and I like to play one of these games at least every other year," Redbirds coach Brock Spack said.

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Illinois State, from the Missouri Valley Football Conference, has only faced one other Mountain West team in program history, a Sept. 27, 1997 loss at UNLV.