|Illinois State Redbirds football|
|Head coach||Brock Spack |
10th season, 74-45 (.622)
|NCAA division||Division I FCS|
|Bowl record||0–1 (.000)|
|Rivalries||Eastern Illinois (rivalry)|
|Colors||Red and White|
The Illinois State Redbirds football program is the intercollegiate American football team for the Illinois State University located in the U.S. state of Illinois. The team competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and are members of the Missouri Valley Football Conference. The school's first football team was fielded in 1887. The team plays its home games at the 13,391 seat Hancock Stadium. They are coached by Brock Spack.
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Illinois State has won 10 conference titles, four outright.
|Year||Conference||Coach||Overall record||Conference record|
|1937+||Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference||Howard Hancock||5-1-2||3-1-1|
|1950||Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic Conference||7-1-2||5-0-1|
|1999||Missouri Valley Football Conference||Todd Berry||11-3||6-0|
Illinois State has made seven appearances in the Division I-AA/FCS playoffs, garnering a record of 8-7.
|1998||First Round||Northwestern State||L 28-48|
|W 38-37 OT|
North Dakota State
|2016||First Round||Central Arkansas||L 24-31|
Illinois State has one bowl appearance, going 0-1.
The Mid-America Classic is the rivalry game between Illinois State and Eastern Illinois. The rivalry began in 1901 and is the oldest in the state of Illinois. With the 100th game in the series, representatives from both schools met and developed the Mid-America Classic renaming for the rivalry. The two schools also collaborated on a traveling trophy, which holds plaques with the results of the previous 100 games in the series and has room for results of future games in the series. The two teams have played 108 times in total, with Illinois State holding a 57-42-9 advantage in the all-time series as of the end of the 2019 season.
Notable alumni include: