League: NCAA Division I FCS
Head Coach: Brock Spack
Team Mascot: Reggie Redbird
Year Opened: 1963
City / State: Normal / Illinois
Rivalries & Top Games to Attend
Rival Team: Eastern Illinois Panthers
The Mid-America Classic between Illinois State and Eastern Illinois began in 1901 and is the oldest college football rivalry in Illinois. Despite not having played in the same conference since 1995 the two schools typically meet each year helping preserve the intense rivalry. Illinois State leads the all-time series 54-41-9, so come out and cheer on the Redbirds as they look to extend their lead.
Illinois State Redbirds vs Western Illinois Leathernecks
Rival Team: Western Illinois Leathernecks
You won’t want to miss it when the Redbirds take on in-state rivals Western Illinois. There is always a lot at stake when these two Missouri Valley Football Conference rivals meet as not only are bragging rights on the line but so are games in the standings.