Amid an offseason that coach Kevin Wilson said has carried “a great vibe,” the Indiana football team released its 2014 schedule on Tuesday that includes Big Ten Conference matchups with new foes. The Hoosiers, a member of the Big Ten’s East Division, play both of the league’s new teams this season. Their conference opener falls Sept. 27 against Maryland at Memorial Stadium and play at Rutgers on Nov. 15. Maryland comes to the Big Ten via the Atlantic Coast Conference, while Rutgers makes the switch from the American Athletic Conference. The rest of the Big Ten slate consists of the regular opponents: Michigan State, Penn State and Purdue at home, with Iowa, Michigan and Ohio State on the road. In the non-conference, the Hoosiers open Aug. 30 against the Football Championship Subdivision’s Indiana State before continuing their series by traveling to Bowling Green on Sept. 13. The Hoosiers then play Sept. 20 at Missouri, winner of last season’s Cotton Bowl. Indiana also sandwiched in a Nov. 4 game against North Texas. For the Hoosiers, who haven’t played in a bowl game since 2007, it will be tough sledding. Nine of their 2014 opponents did so last season, and Penn State would have qualified as well if not under NCAA sanctions. The Big Ten will move to a nine-game conference schedule starting in 2016, creating a rotation by which each team will play every other team at least once every four years. In 2014, Indiana plays just one West Division opponent — Purdue — with each of Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern and Wisconsin off the schedule. Season tickets go on sale starting Wednesday. Fans can either contact the IU Athletics Ticket Office by calling 1-866-IUSPORTS or visit iusports.com. "The support from Hoosier Nation has been awesome this offseason," Wilson, Indiana’s fourth-year coach, said in a news release.
Indiana's 2014 football schedule to include new Big Ten members Maryland, Rutgers
Louisville Courier-Journal | Feb 13