2020 Illinois State Redbirds football
ConferenceMissouri Valley Football Conference
Ranking
STATSNo. 22
2020 record1–3 (1–3 MVFC)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorKurt Beathard (5th season)
Defensive coordinatorTravis Niekamp (3rd season)
Home stadiumHancock Stadium
(Capacity: 13,391)
Seasons
← 2019
2021 →
2020 Missouri Valley Football Conference standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 2 South Dakota State +^   5 1         8 2  
No. 12 Missouri State +^   5 1         5 5  
No. 7 North Dakota ^   4 1         5 2  
No. 6 North Dakota State ^   5 2         7 3  
No. 14 Southern Illinois ^   3 3         6 4  
Northern Iowa   3 4         3 4  
South Dakota   1 3         1 3  
Illinois State   1 3         1 3  
Youngstown State   1 6         1 6  
Western Illinois   1 5         1 5  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
  • Note: Indiana State opted out of the spring season.
    † – Illinois State and Western Illinois opted out of the remainder of the spring season on March 21 and April 5, 2021, respectively.
Rankings from STATS Poll

The 2020 Illinois State Redbirds football team represented Illinois State University in the 2020–21 NCAA Division I FCS football season. They were led by twelfth-year head coach Brock Spack and played their home games at Hancock Stadium as a member of the Missouri Valley Football Conference.

On March 21, 2021, Illinois State announced that it would opt-out of the remainder of the 2021 spring season due to safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.[1]

Previous season

Main article: 2019 Illinois State Redbirds football team

The Redbirds finished the 2019 season 8–4, 5–3 in MVFC play to finish in a three-way tie for third place. They received an at-large bid to the FCS Playoffs where they defeated Southeast Missouri State and Central Arkansas to advance to the quarterfinals where they lost to North Dakota State.

Schedule

Illinois State released their full schedule on July 15, 2019.[2]

The Redbirds football team had non-conference games scheduled at Illinois on September 4, versus Eastern Illinois on September 12, and versus Dixie State on November 21. All were canceled prior to the scheduled start of the 2020 season.[3][4][5]

On January 21, 2021, the Missouri Valley Football Conference office released an altered spring season schedule based on the participation of ten league schools.[6]

Scheduled games against South Dakota State (March 27), Southern Illinois (April 3), North Dakota (April 10), and Missouri State (April 17) were canceled when the Redbirds opted out of the remainder of the spring season.[1]

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
February 27 12:00 p.m. South Dakota No. 7 NBCSCH/ESPN+ L 20–27 1,853
March 6 4:00 p.m. at No. 3 Northern Iowa No. 15 ESPN+ L 10–20 1,920
March 13 2:30 p.m. at No. 5 North Dakota State No. 22 NBC ND/ESPN+ L 13–21 6,145
March 20 12:00 p.m. Western Illinois
  • Hancock Stadium
  • Normal, IL
ESPN+ W 26–18 1,853

[7][8]

References

  1. ^ a b "Illinois State football abandons remainder of 2021 spring season". 247Sports. Retrieved March 23, 2021.
  2. ^ Kelley, Kevin (July 15, 2019). "Illinois State releases 2020 football schedule". FBSchedules.com. Retrieved January 14, 2020.
  3. ^ "Big Ten Announces Plans for 2020 Football Season, Medical Protocols for All Sports". BigTen.org. August 5, 2020. Retrieved August 6, 2020.
  4. ^ "Dixie State Athletics Postpones 2020 Football Season". DixieStateAthletics.com. August 12, 2020. Retrieved August 13, 2020.
  5. ^ "EIU / ISU Announce Cancellation Of Mid-America Classic". EIUPanthers.com. August 14, 2020. Retrieved August 15, 2020.
  6. ^ "Valley Football Announces 2021 Spring Schedule". Valley-Football.org. January 21, 2021. Retrieved January 22, 2021.
  7. ^ "2020 Illinois State Football Schedule". FBSchedules.com. April 15, 2020. Retrieved April 16, 2020.
  8. ^ "Missouri Valley Football Conference Announces League Slate". Valley-Football.org. September 24, 2020. Retrieved September 25, 2020.