IU ATHLETICS RELEASES FOOTBALL SCHEDULES THROUGH 2014
Includes Changes to 2012 Schedule Due to Conference Realignment and Strong Non-Conference Opponents
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana University Department of Athletics has released schedules, including strong non-conference opponents, for the 2012, 2013 and 2014 football seasons, as announced today by Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fred Glass. Due to conference realignment and the new Big Ten divisional structure, some previously scheduled games on the 2012 schedule had to be reset.
Since becoming athletic director, Glass has sought to add quality non-conference opponents to the football schedule and release those schedules out at least as far as the Big Ten has scheduled its conference games, which it has done through 2014.
"Releasing future football schedules gives our fans time to plan for football weekends here in Bloomington and even for road games. Scheduling high quality non-conference national opponents like Navy, Missouri, Wake Forest, South Florida and Virginia, and high quality in-state non-conference opponents such as Ball State and Indiana State to go along with our home Big Ten schedule, will bring football to Memorial Stadium that our fans want to see. We hope our fans will come experience the excitement of great college football in Bloomington," Glass said.
Over the next two years, Indiana will start a pair of series against in-state schools Ball State and Indiana State. The Hoosiers will play Ball State in both 2011 and 2012, and IU will play the first of three home games against Indiana State in 2012. The other ISU home dates will be in 2013 and 2014.
"In building our program, we want to play an exciting and competitive schedule. We look forward to each opportunity," Indiana head football coach Kevin Wilson said. "Each schedule will be challenging, and our players and staff welcome the opportunities that await us."
The Hoosiers have also added some high caliber out-of-state opponents on future schedules. In addition to completing a home-and-home series vs. Virginia in 2011, IU begins home-and-home series with North Texas in 2011, finishing in 2014; Navy in 2012, finishing in 2013; UMass in 2012, finishing in 2017; and Missouri of the Big 12 in 2013, finishing in 2014. Indiana will play home and home series with Wake Forest and South Florida in 2015 and 2016, respectively.
Beginning with the upcoming 2011 season, Indiana will be part of the Big Ten Conference Leaders Division. This divisional alignment ensures that the Hoosiers will annually play fellow members Illinois, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin, as well as rival Purdue. Indiana and Purdue successfully advocated keeping the Old Oaken Bucket as the regular season finale.
Indiana will also compete annually with Michigan State from the Legends Division for the Old Brass Spittoon. The Hoosiers will play two other opponents from the Legends Division each season, rotating among Michigan, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota and Northwestern.
Indiana's 2011 schedule includes a contest against in-state foe Ball State on Sept. 3 at Lucas Oil Stadium, Virginia at home on Sept. 10, and home conference games against Penn State on Oct. 1, Illinois on Oct. 8, Northwestern on Oct. 29, and the Old Oaken Bucket game vs. Purdue on Nov. 26.
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