IU inks new 3-game football series with Western Kentucky #iufb

Indiana continues to build its future non-conference schedule, announcing Thursday that it has agreed to a new three-year deal with Western Kentucky.

The Hoosiers will host games at Memorial Stadium on Sept. 7, 2019 and Sept. 12, 2020, before traveling to Bowling Green, Ky. for a game on Sept. 25, 2021. The two programs are also set to meet this season on Sept. 19 in Bloomington.

Indiana also announced last week it has worked out a new two-year, home-and-home series with Florida International. IU will host the first of those meetings on Sept. 16, 2017 and will travel to Miami on Sept. 1, 2018. The Hoosiers and Panthers already have a home-and-home matchup on the books. IU hosts FIU on Sept. 12 this year before traveling to Miami on Sept. 3, 2016.

8 comments

  1. That’s a very strong football program. They’d have beaten IU over the last four seasons. W KY certainly won’t be a walkover game any time soon! And they will probably bring some fans to Bloomington. Fred could have done worse.

  2. While our program is improving, we are a very long way from dismissing any opponent as unworthy and certainly WKU has and will continue to give us all we can handle and possibly more. I think having WKU on our schedule is a very good test.

  3. Salukis, FI, Western KY, and Demon Deacons. Not horrible but kind of boring. 0-4, 1-3, 2-2, 3-1, hopefully 4-0. IU ranked 25th and next, OSU. I would like to see a recognizable top 25 team in game 3 or 4 to get excited about but looks like a pretty good schedule to get ready for big ten play. IU will be improved and trying to find 2 or 3 wins in their big ten schedule would be good….More than that would be big success. This next football season could go any direction the wind is blowing with IU being a much improved football team.

  4. I agree with t. If we are intent on making a bowl, we really need to be 4-0 going into B1G competition. I agree that there are 2 wins in the conference schedule (I’m thinking Iowa and Purdue) which would get us there. The other B1G games are a pretty big stretch…those teams are improved and by the time we hit conference schedule, historically, we’ve been pretty banged up; though with better depth and size perhaps not as much as in the past.

  5. I like the FIU series simply because it will give our program more visibility in talent-rich South Florida. CKW and staff have been able to pluck some talented kids out of Central Florida (Gooch and Simmons immediately come to mind, although there are more). Hopefully this will get some of the Miami-Dade county kids to come up North. Charlie Strong got the to go to Louisville, what’s another 90 minutes further North.
    Go Hoosiers!!!

  6. It’s all about getting to a bowl game. That’s what signals to High School players and their coaches that a traditionally weak program has turned the corner. Getting to a bowl game improves recruiting, attendance and fan support. In late November, nobody remembers or cares how a team got to six or seven wins, or how good the non-conference opposition was, they just know that the team is going to a bowl game. That’s why scheduling, for a program like IU, has to be done strategically, and with care.

    One of my roommates in college played for IU (and was a top round NFL draft pick). In the years he played for Corso, IU played Nebraska each season, back when the Cornhuskers were one of the top five teams in the country. IU would be competitive in the first half, and then just get crushed in the second half. My roommate would tell us just how totally beat up IU’s players were after the Nebraska games. He openly questioned why Corso and/or the AD would schedule a team that was so physically superior. It was my roomy’s opinion that such scheduling mistakes cost IU several winning seasons and eventually cost Corso his job. After taking a physical beat down by teams like Nebraska and USC, a lot of IU’s players were physically unable to play for weeks after those losses; not to mention how the team’s morale declined after such blowouts. My roommate believed those scheduling mistakes crippled Corso’s ability to recruit bigger and better players and improve the program over time.

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