BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana University Department of Athletics has released schedules for the 2010, 2011 and 2012 football seasons, as announced today by Vice President and Director of Athletics Fred Glass. Several games are the product of multi-game agreements entered into by Glass, including series with Navy, Missouri, Wake Forest, Virginia, Ball State, Indiana State, and Delaware State, one of the nation’s great historically black colleges and universities (HBCU). The Big Ten Conference has released conference schedules through 2012, and for the first time in recent IU Athletics history the Department of Athletics is releasing to the general public in advance, the full schedules for three upcoming seasons.
“Games at Memorial Stadium are becoming must see family events again. Breaking with recent tradition to release future football schedules will give our fans time to plan for football weekends both here in Bloomington and for road games. Scheduling high quality non-conference opponents like Navy, Missouri, Wake Forest and Virginia and having in-state contests against Ball State and Indiana State to go along with our home Big Ten schedule will bring great football to Memorial Stadium. We hope our fans will come experience the excitement of college football in Bloomington,” Glass said.
The 2010 schedule features six home games, including Michigan and Iowa, as well as a second straight Thursday night season opener. Indiana will also face Penn State at FedExField, home of the Washington Redskins and the NFL’s largest stadium. Four of the Hoosiers’ opponents won games this postseason, including the Rose Bowl, Orange Bowl, Capital One Bowl and Champs Sports Bowl.
“We are looking forward to taking on this challenging schedule,” Indiana head coach Bill Lynch said. “The Big Ten Conference certainly proved its worth during the bowl season. We appreciate the fan support we received in 2009 and will need Hoosier Nation to come out in full force once again in 2010 as we take on the Big Ten’s best.”
Indiana will start a pair of two-game series against in-state schools Ball State and Indiana State. The Hoosiers play Ball State in both 2011 and 2012, and IU will play the first of two home games against Indiana State in 2012. The other ISU home date will be in 2013.
The Hoosiers also added some high caliber out-of-state opponents on future schedules. Indiana will play Virginia at Memorial Stadium on Sept. 10, 2011, completing a home-and-home series that commenced last year. The Hoosiers will host Delaware State at home on Sept. 24, 2011. IU begins a home-and-home series with Navy in 2012 and 2013. The sequence of that series is yet to be determined.
In future years, Indiana has signed on to play a series against Missouri (2013 and 2014) of the Big 12 and perennial MAC title contender Bowling Green (2013, 2014 and 2017). IU has also reached a home-and-home agreement to play Wake Forest in 2015 and 2016.
The IU Department of Athletics will begin mailing season ticket renewals in the coming weeks. To order season tickets, contact the IU Athletics Ticket Office at 1-866-IUSPORTS or visit IUHoosiers.com.
Indiana kicks off the 2010 campaign on a Thursday night for the second straight season. The Hoosiers will host Towson on Sept. 2, in the first meeting between the two schools. IU played its first Thursday game in Memorial Stadium in 2009, as it earned a 19-13 victory over Eastern Kentucky.
After an off week, Indiana hits the road when it travels to Bowling Green, Ky., to face Western Kentucky on Sept. 18. The Hoosiers defeated the Hilltoppers, 31-13, in the lone meeting between the two programs on Aug. 30, 2008.
Akron returns to the Bloomington for the second time and meets IU for the third time in four seasons on Sept. 25. Indiana collected a 41-24 win in 2007 and a 38-21 triumph in Ohio last year.
For the second consecutive season the Hoosiers open conference play against Michigan and Ohio State. Following a late 36-33 loss in Ann Arbor in 2009, the Wolverines travel to Memorial Stadium for the first time since 2006 on Oct. 2. IU pays its first visit to Ohio Stadium since 2006 to face the Buckeyes the following Saturday.
Taking a break from Big Ten play and celebrating Homecoming, Indiana wraps up non-conference play with its first-ever meeting against Arkansas State on Oct. 16. The 2010 Homecoming date was previously scheduled for the weekend of Oct. 30, but the addition of a third home football game in October prompted the change. The Hoosiers have won five of their last six Homecoming contests, including a 27-14 victory over Illinois in 2009.
“Moving Homecoming from the last weekend of October to the middle of the month should provide us with a better chance for warmer weather and peak fall colors in Bloomington. We felt most alumni returning to campus for Homecoming would prefer a mid-October date over late fall,” said Tom Martz, president and CEO, IU Alumni Association.
Indiana hits the road once again at Illinois on Oct. 23 before returning to The Rock for its final two home games of the season. IU hosts two of the Big Ten’s top teams from a year ago in Northwestern (Oct. 30) and Iowa (Nov. 6).
The Hoosiers wrap up their campaign facing Wisconsin (Nov. 13), Penn State (Nov. 20) and Purdue (Nov. 27) for the third straight season. Indiana goes to Madison, Wis., before taking on the Nittany Lions. IU will play in metropolitan Washington, D.C., for the first time since a 1935 meeting with the University of Maryland in Baltimore.
Indiana closes out the season in West Lafayette, Ind., with the 86th battle for the Old Oaken Bucket and the 113th overall meeting between the Hoosiers and Boilermakers.
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