BLOOMINGTON — Indiana football will open the season in just over a month.
For the second time in three seasons, Indiana will travel to Miami to face Florida International to open the season. In 2016, Indiana opened the season with a 34-13 victory.
What is interesting is this will be the second time in a row Indiana has played FIU on the road. The Panthers were scheduled to play in Bloomington last season, but the game was cancelled because of Hurricane Irma, which devastated much of south Florida.
Instead, Indiana played Charleston Southern.
IU and FIU played in Bloomington in the first game of the contract in 2015 with IU winning 36-22. Indiana and Florida International have one more game on the books in the future with the Panthers heading to Bloomington in 2024.
Here are a few other scheduling notes as Indiana prepares to open training camp Friday:
Last year, Indiana opened the season with a Big Ten game when it dropped a 49-21 decision to No. 2-ranked Ohio State.
This year Purdue opens the regular season with a conference game, traveling to Northwestern on Aug. 30.
While Indiana will be back playing a non-conference opponent to open the season this year when it travels to play Florida International on Sept. 1, that doesn't necessarily mean conference season openers are going away anytime soon.
In 2020, Indiana will travel to Madison to face Wisconsin on Sept. 5. The following season, in 2021, Indiana will be on the road again in the season opener to play at Iowa on Sept. 4. There's a good chance it will happen in 2022, too. Right now, IU only is showing three non-conference games on its roster facing Idaho, Western Kentucky and Cincinnati. But the earliest of those games is Idaho on Sept. 10, which gives the impression Indiana could open the season with a conference game the week before.
BALL STATE BACK
Ball State has had Indiana's number in recent seasons, but the two schools are resuming a rivalry beginning in 2018.
Indiana will play host to Ball State on Sept. 15 at noon in the first of a three-game series.
Ball State will be the host school in 2019 when the teams meet at Lucas Oil Stadium to open the season Aug. 29. The next year, in 2020, Indiana and Ball State will be back in Bloomington on Sept. 19.
The last time the teams played was in 2016 with IU winning 30-20. Prior to that, however, the Cardinals had won three in a row. Ball State won 42-20 in 2008, then won a neutral site game in Indianapolis 27-20 in 2011. In 2012, Ball State beat Indiana in Bloomington, 41-39.
6 GAME TIMES SET
The game times for six games — three away and three at home — have already been revealed for Indiana for the 2018 season.
IU opens the season Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. at Florida International. The following week, Sept. 8, Indiana hosts Virginia at 7:30 p.m. Then comes the noon kickoff against Ball State on Sept. 15.
On Oct. 6, the road game at Ohio State will kick off at either 3:30 or 4 p.m. The following week IU hosts Iowa for homecoming at noon.
The other known game time is Oct. 26 when the Hoosiers travel to Minnesota for an 8 p.m. start.
Looking to the future for Indiana football, here is what is known regarding non-conference opponents.
This season, IU plays Florida International, Virginia and Ball State. Next year's non-conference opponents are Ball State, Eastern Illinois and Connecticut with the first game being played in Indianapolis and the second two in Bloomington. In 2020, IU plays Western Kentucky, Ball State and Connecticut. The Connecticut game is on the road.
Indiana will face Idaho and Cincinnati in both 2021 and 2022. The Hoosiers will also have a home-and-home against Western Kentucky in those two seasons. IU has a three-game contract beginning with Louisville in 2023 and a two-game set with Charlotte starting in 2023 as well.