IU-Virginia will be primetime

Remember two years ago when we all huddled around our computers to watch Indiana lose 47-7 to Virginia on ESPN3.com?

Not this season.

Kevin Wilson’s first home game, on Sept. 10 against Virginia, will be a part of the Big Ten Network’s primetime package.

Kickoff will be 7 p.m.

Below is the press release from the Big Ten Network:

Sept. 2, 7:30pm ET     Youngstown State at Michigan State
This game will mark just the 10th night game in the 88-year history of Spartan Stadium, and the first since last year’s thrilling and memorable overtime victory against Notre Dame. It will be the first-ever meeting between the Spartans and the Penguins.

Sept. 10, 7pm ET        Virginia at Indiana
First-year Indiana coach Kevin Wilson will make his Memorial Stadium debut under the lights. The teams met two years ago in Charlottesville, but it will be the first time that Indiana has hosted an ACC team in Bloomington since 2000.

Sept. 17, 7pm ET        Arizona State at Illinois
The Fighting Illini will play the Sun Devils in Champaign for the first time since 1987, and for only the third time in history. Arizona State will be the first Pac-10/Pac-12 team to visit Memorial Stadium since 1994.

Sept. 24, 7pm ET        North Dakota State at Minnesota
Jerry Kill will coach his first home night game as Minnesota’s head coach, but it won’t be his first night game at TCF Bank Stadium. Kill’s Northern Illinois won at Minnesota 34-23 almost a year ago to the day, on Sept. 25, 2010. It will be North Dakota State’s first visit to TCF Bank Stadium.

Oct. 8, 7pm ET           Michigan at Northwestern
The game will mark just the 13th night game in Northwestern’s home stadium history. The primetime contest will be played almost 76 years to the date of the first-ever night game in Big Ten history, when Northwestern hosted Purdue on Oct. 5, 1935, in Evanston.

Oct. 15, 7pm ET         Northwestern at Iowa
Iowa will host only its sixth primetime game ever at Kinnick Stadium, and first against Northwestern. The Hawkeyes are 3-2 all-time under the lights in Iowa City, but Northwestern has won the last three meetings at Kinnick Stadium (2006, 2008 and 2009).

Oct. 22, 7pm ET         Penn State at Northwestern
In last year’s meeting at Beaver Stadium, the Nittany Lions overcame a three-touchdown deficit and Joe Paterno became the first major college coach to earn 400 career victories. Penn State is one of only two Big Ten teams that are undefeated against a Pat Fitzgerald-coached team.

9 comments

  1. I am so pumped for this game. We have had several night games in pre season or to kick off the season and it is always some small school…it will be really cool to have Virginia come in here for the first game. Very excited for this!!!

  2. I’m with you jpat, there should be a great atmosphere for this game. I’d like to see them play more games later in the day period. I have a two hour drive and those noon kickoffs start to hurt after awhile lol.

  3. I spent 4 years at IU when the most games any team won was 4. The best game (and best time I ever had at a game) was in Septmeber 2005 (I think) when my oldest son was a Freshman and IU played Kentucky (why don’t we do that anymore) under the lights. This one should be a great time. Starting these games later (particularly with the time change for us in the Chicago area and Northwest Indiana) would give those of us who want to go to the games but not spend $150 per night (2 nights required) at the Fairfield Inn a chance to put bodies in the stadium and $ in the Athletic Department’s budget. I’m looking forward to (maybe) this season but the certainly the seasons to come under Wilson.

  4. I’d like to see KY back on the schedule, too. Plus, when we host the Wildcats, all the dead opossums seem to disappear from roadways that weekend.

  5. drove 11 hours my junior year to watch iu get destroyed by uva…. now living in virginia, do I make the 11 hour trip back?????

    I have a feeling the results will be completely different with this team

  6. Oh that UVa game was such a disappointment. How did IU come in so unprepaired, and without a plan to stop a so-so team? I am looking for to seeing the Wilson teams move the ball and create mis-matches on offense.

    lets go IU.

  7. That Virginia game pretty much summed up the Lynch regime, and he should have been canned based on that game alone. Virginia finished 3-9 that year and fired their coach; if we were smart, we’d have done the same, and we’d be in year two under Coach Wilson by now.

    I remember this website was afire that day – couldn’t believe how many ardent Lynch supporters were digging in their heels.

  8. It is my most fervent wish that we return the favor to UVA with a cherry on top. I gag when I remember that game.

  9. And whoa! Northwestern gets THREE of these things??? Nobody else more than one? Let me try to unravel this Byzantine mystery…RAY-tings…plus…Chi-KAH-go…equals…mo-NAY-da por el Big Twelvio…? Am I getting warm here?

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