Written By Sammy Jacobs (@sammyj108)
Hoosier Nation the countdown to the college football has reached the 200-day mark. While the doldrums of winter are looming over much of the country, Indiana provided the light at the end of a long dark tunnel as they released the 2014 Football schedule. Next year's slate has a mixture of new blood and old foes, as the Hoosiers will play the two new members of the Big Ten conference Maryland and Rutgers.
Indiana will open the season at The Rock against the Indiana State Sycamores on August 30th. After a bye in week two the Hoosiers hit the road for back-to-back non-conference games at Bowling Green (Sept. 13th) and to seek revenge on the Missouri Tigers (Sept. 20). The Hoosiers return home as they welcome the Maryland Terrapins to the Big Ten at the Rock on September 27th. Indiana will finish their non-conference schedule the next week when North Texas invades Bloomington on October 4th. The Hoosiers will return to Big Ten play the next week when they travel to Iowa City to face the Hawkeyes on Columbus Day Weekend (Oct. 11). Up next for Kevin Wilson's squad is the Battle for the Old Brass Spittoon on October 18th. After the second bye week of the year the Hoosiers will travel to the Big House for consecutive years to face the Wolverines to kick off November (Nov. 1st).
The final quarter of the season will se the Hoosiers matchup with Penn State at home on November 8th followed by back-to-back road trips to Rutgers (Nov. 15th) and to Ohio State (Nov. 22nd) before returning home to face-off against Purdue in the Bucket Game on November 29th. Season tickets go on sale tomorrow at IUHoosiers.com.
While the Hoosiers play two fewer home games in 2014 than they did last season, the schedule is much more manageable as Indiana swaps out Navy for North Texas and play a Missouri team that will lose a lot of senior talent, while getting to play a still rebuilding Penn State team at home for the second year in a row. In addition the Hoosiers will not face Minnesota, Northwestern, Nebraska, Illinois, or Wisconsin in Big Ten play.