2020 season-opener moved to a Friday

Indiana football’s season-opening game with Wisconsin will be played a day earlier than originally anticipated.

The Hoosiers will open 2020 on a Friday, Sept. 4, at Wisconsin’s Camp Randall Stadium. A kickoff time and a broadcast network for the contest have yet to be announced.

In 2017, IU coach Tom Allen was quoted as saying he didn’t like the Big Ten’s plan to play games on Fridays, which is normally considered a night for the high school game.

“I think that’s a special night,” said Allen, who was the head coach at Ben Davis in Indianapolis before heading to the college ranks. “I don’t like playing games on Friday night. I think that’s high school night, but it’s not always my decision.”

But a little more than three years after that statement was made, Allen and his Hoosiers will find themselves playing on a Friday.

It’s been three years, as well, since IU last faced Wisconsin. In 2017, the Hoosiers fell, 45-17, to the Badgers in Bloomington.

Next year’s opener will also be the first time IU has begun the season with a conference opponent since 2017, when the Hoosiers faced No. 2 Ohio State at home. The last time IU opened with a Big Ten foe on the road was 1981 at Northwestern.

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  1. This will put the spotlight on the Hoosiers early in the year. It is a chance for IUFB to let the nation and recruits know they are ready to be take as a serious threat. I hope the team and coaching staff show they are up to the task and start the season off right.

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