Washington-Illinois set for Soldier Field

The venue for Washington's game versus Illinois in 2013 has been set, and it's going to be at Soldier Field in Chicago, according to reports.

First thoughts -- very, very cool.

The game is scheduled for Sept. 14, 2013. Illinois is scheduled to come to Washington the following year.

This will be the first meeting between the two teams since 1972.

The Pac-12 and Big Ten briefly had a scheduling alliance, only to see it fall apart a few months later when some Pac-12 teams expressed displeasure. But there are still plenty of matchups between the two conferences over the next few years -- including four in 2012 (Illinois at ASU Sept. 8; Nebraska at UCLA Sept. 8; Wisconsin at Oregon State Sept. 8; Cal at Ohio State Sept.15).