Big Ten releases football schedules for 2015 and 2016

The Big Ten released its football schedules for 2015 and 2016. Indiana’s release on its opponents follows.

Indiana kicks off the 2015 Big Ten campaign at Wisconsin on Oct. 3. The Hoosiers will host Illinois (Oct. 10), Penn State (Oct. 31), Northwestern (Nov. 7) and Purdue (Nov. 28). IU will also travel to Michigan State (Oct. 24), Nebraska (Nov. 14) and Ohio State (Nov. 21).

In 2016, Indiana opens league play at Memorial Stadium with Wisconsin on Oct. 1. Michigan State (Oct. 22), Nebraska (Nov. 5) and Ohio State (Nov. 19) will visit Bloomington as well. The Hoosiers will visit Illinois (Oct. 8), Penn State (Oct. 15), Northwestern (Nov. 12) and Purdue (Nov. 26).

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  1. In 2016, Indiana opens league play at Memorial Stadium with Wisconsin on Oct. 1. Michigan State (Oct. 22), Nebraska (Nov. 5) and Ohio State (Nov. 19) will visit Bloomington.

    One word, “Brutal.”

    Can’t see any of these four falling in the next few seasons as all four appear to have solid coaches that can maintain success.

    Wilson will be in his sixth season in 2016 so hopefully we will be at a very competitive level by this time. If that was our schedule next season I would say we go 0-4, with a strong possibility of losing by 20+. By 2016 I’m hoping there is less than a seven point margin either way.

  2. Tom, I think Minnesota is in the other division and more than likely Indiana won’t play them for a while.

  3. Well, preparing for the 2016 schedule should be a major goal for IU football, giving them something to shoot for. It will certainly be a barometer for how competitive IU football has become. If I’m coach Wilson, I’m using that schedule as a point of emphasis in recruiting the next few classes. “You want to play the best and get lots of exposure, look at our 2016 home schedule. The best will be coming to Bloomington.” Etc, etc. If recruits are intimidated by that schedule, they probably don’t belong in the Big Ten to begin with.

    As far as that schedule goes, if IU wins two of those four games, that would be huge and perhaps an unprecedented success for IU football. I see it as a great opportunity.

  4. Still waiting to see Notre Dame on the schedule. Yeah, I know this is just the conference part of the schedule, but still . . . .

  5. davis; I think you’ll be waiting a long time for IU to play ND again. IU’s Big Ten schedule will be tough enough over the next five years. It’s unlikely that Wilson will want to put another top 25 team on IU’s schedule unless it represents a huge pay-day for IU.

    Assuming IU can win three or four Big Ten games in a good year (not going to happen in 2012), that means IU must win three or four non-conference games in order to qualify for a bowl game. If they do that for a few years in a row, and then start to win more big Ten games, you might see them upgrade their non-conference schedule, but it’s going to be a long time before IU football will purposely schedule other top-25 teams in non-conference play.

  6. I heard there was talk coming from of the conference AD’s that they want to make 7 wins a minimum to be bowl eligible. Don’t know if this plan was approved or when it would take affect if it actually is the case, but I for one am in favor of this. I struggle with a .500 team playing in a bowl and if they lose the bowl game they finish the season with a losing record. To me that should never be the case. A bowl team, even if it were to lose should not finish with a below .500 record.

    This of course would make it more difficult for IU. We’ve struggled just to get to the break even point most seasons. Wilson has three more seasons to get the team prepared to face the onslaught that is set to start in 2015.

  7. Wfw, I agree with your bowl eligibility thoughts. A .500% record is the recipe for mundane bowl game match ups in locations owning the same culture(although I must add Indy is 1 small city that could pull off a collegiate bowl game with resounding success, their sports events track record is just too good to fail). But I do believe Coach KW gets a bigger window than 3 years if the program stays out of trouble and shows steady gains in performance. Recruiting has already jumped up a level when considering the 2 new QB’s coming in vs. the 2 who drug up and left. I think the largest visual improvement of play shows up in the 2nd season(this year)and with new bowl parameters IU will play to bowl eligibility in 2015. I truly believe the pedigrees(Jon Fabris is an absolute stud)of the staff are so good they drag this program kicking and screaming to success. They have enough time on their side to enact the change.

  8. Wilson has six years remaining on his contract and Glass will give him five of those to build the program. If IU is 2-10 in 2017, Wilson will be gone.

    My concern is that IU has significant success in 2013 or 2014 and a lot of teams come after Wilson with offers of a guaranteed salary of $3.5 or more. IU needs to protect Wilson and his best assistant coaches, so my hope is that IU has some early success, increases attendance at Memorial Stadium and provides Glass with the budget necessary to help Wilson retain his best assistant coaches. IU needs coaching stability over the next three years (at minimum). Unfortunately, IU is vulnerable to losing coaching talent before Wilson’s program is fully implemented.

    Of course, those are the type of problems Glass would love to have.

  9. If Coach Wilson has this type of success, we will have to come up with the kind of support to keep him here. That’s a great outcome, the response to which will say a lot about Hoosier fans.

    The way things are shaping up in the conferences, we will have to be a real contender to continue our participation in the top conference in the college world, The Big Ten. As it should be. Time to end the moaning and do our part for the Hoosiers.

  10. Tsao, I concur. There are too many people in the Hoosier Nation that continue to believe that IU can never be competitive in Big Ten football. The more people that hold that opinion, the more likely it will become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

    I believe it has always been a matter of leadership and I believe IU now has that leadership, in both Glass and IU’s President. Now the Hoosier Nation needs to support the football program by putting butts in the seats, making some noise at the games, and writing some checks.

  11. That’s three of us,…and I am sure there are others. I really have no patience for those who are down in the mouth and continue to believe anything that require hard work is impossible.

    Hoosiers are very unique people. Hard work is something we know and we welcome. The greatest challenges are those that eventually become the most satisfying. Tom Crean took a situation that was the essence of ‘depressive’ and in a matter of week turned it into the source of Hoosier Pride.

    I believe Kenneth Wilson and his coaches and players will do the same thing. I don’t expect miracles; I expect self-respect.

  12. Hoosier Clarion, I wasn’t implying that Wilson only has three years to make something happen before he could possibly shown the door. All I was saying is that he has three years to build up his team and hopefully make them competitive before they face what appears to be a very daunting schedule in 2015.

    If Wilson can get three or four wins this year, five or six in 2013, and six plus in 2014 then IU should be positioned to be very competitive when facing their 2015 and beyond schedules.

  13. Wfw, Actually that is how I interpreted your post. I simply added to the speculation and anticipation of the programs course for success. The description “bigger window than 3 years” was probably a poor choice of added verbiage. I still hold that for the 6 decades of following Hoosier FB this is by far the best staff I have seen assembled at Bloomington. Hopefully you’ll get to change your moniker in seasons to come.

  14. hey Waitingforwins——under your most optimistic scenario, Wilson has 18 wins in four years vs. Lynch’s 19 over a like time period, the time frame to earn a college degree——-and Lynch’s record was ascending also——-progress????—–we all know how fans treat a coach with ‘only’ 19 wins in four years, don’t we???——what improvement is that???———and Podunker, the real problem is if the theoretical upward path hoped for by Waitingforwins does not materialize, Wilson is gone once he realizes FORGET THE CHEESE, JUST LET ME OUT OF THE TRAP———

  15. Barbwire; Wilson’s seven year contract makes it less likely (not impossible, but far less likely) that Glass will fire Wilson before the end of his sixth year as IU’s coach.

    As for your comment suggesting that Wilson will want to escape IU, you make my point for me. If the Hoosier Nation does not show support for IU football with increased attendance at home games and respond positively to improved play (hey, IU can’t get much worse than last year) than Wilson’s job becomes much more difficult and eventually any self-respecting coach will begin to wonder “why am I here?” If the Hoosier Nation is really as apathetic and “down in the mouth” as suggested by some posters’s comments on this site, than IU football will continue to be terrible. I really believe it’s up to us, as members of the Hoosier Nation, to change the future of IU football.

    I’ve made the following points before, but I believe they are worth repeating:
    1. IU fans will get the football team they deserve. If they don’t support football, it will continue to be a failed sport at IU.
    2. There is nothing inherently wrong with IU or Bloomington that prevents it from becoming a competitive, even successful football program. IU is a GREAT campus. Bloomington is a GREAT college town. Football has risen in popularity in the State of Indiana (thanks to Peyton manning and the Colts). IU’s football facilities have been improved significantly in recent years. And IU is a very good school for academics.
    3. If the Hoosier Nation does not demand that IU’s leaders commit to improving the football program, it will not improve. If the Hoosier Nation does not go to the games, show some enthusiasm, write checks and become optimistic about IU football, it will remain the doormat of the Big Ten.
    4. Leadership is the key to changing IU football. I believe IU now has that leadership and that IU football will begin to show improvement. When it does, it is key that the Hoosier Nation acknowledge that improvement and increase the support for the football team. That begins by people stopping all the snide, pessimistic, disrespectful and cowardly negative comments about IU football.
    5. “A positive attitude is a force-multiplier.”
    6. It has been done many times before, at colleges inferior to IU, in towns inferior to Bloomington. There is no reason why it can’t be done at IU Bloomington.

    As for your hypothetical comparison between Wilson and Lynch, I think it is irrelevant. Lynch took over, as the result of a tragedy, a program on the rise. Lynch did not have the pedigree (or track record) to be a successful Big Ten coach. Wilson took over a program in decline and the people that hired him believe he has the pedigree to be a successful Big Ten coach. Of course, time will tell, but in the mean time, because of that, Wilson will get the benefit of the doubt for a longer period of time than Lynch was given. That may not appear to be fair, but life is not fair.

    If Wilson takes IU to a bowl game in the next three years, IU’s challenge will be to retain him has the head football coach, and we should all expect that his compensation will increase significantly.

  16. Barbwire Bill. Let’s look at the starting point for both coaches you/we are comparing.

    Lynch was taking over for Hoeppner. He had the luxury of a veteran starting QB in Lewis, as well as a somewhat veteran squad who was familiar with the schemes employed both offensively and defensively. His seven wins were a high water mark. Lynch then started a rebuilding mode where he finished with 3, 4, and 5 wins in his remaining three seasons.

    Wilson on the other hand came in having to not only introduce new systems offensively and defensively, but try and find a capable QB, RB while rebuilding an offensive line with mostly true and redshirt freshman players. Then you have the fact that he was coaching what I would classify as a team filled with marginal talent left over from Lynch. Not a recipe for success.

    Though the one win season was a disappointment there were some positives. Roberson, Houston, and Taylor just to name a few. He just secured his second recruiting class that went heavy on JUCO’s. More than half this team is still made up of recruits from the previous regime, which as I already pointed out are marginal Big Ten players. If Wilson can find a few more players this year and every proceeding year to go along with those that are proving they can play this team could improve quickly and exceed that 18 win mark in his first four years.

  17. Waitingforwins; Very well said!

    No one will ever convince me that Lynch was qualified to transform IU football into a successful Big Ten football program. Had it not been for Hep’s premature and tragic passing, Lynch would never have ascended to a head coaching job for a Big Ten school, or any other school for that matter. At best, he would have been a career Offensive Coordinator for other D-I programs.

    Lynch is a great guy, a nice man, and an honorable man, but he simply did not have the pedigree or background to transform IU football into a successful Big Ten team. He could not attract the best coaches or players that are necessary to transform the program. And after you get the talent, you have to develop it further. Really, it’s all about attracting, then developing better talent!

    Truthfully, we do not yet know if Wilson will have success transforming IU football, but his background and experience at Oklahoma and before that, Northwestern, suggests that he is more likely to do so than Lynch would have, had he been allowed to stay.

    People need to let Lynch go and get behind IU’s new coach, warts and all.

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