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IU football schedules two-game series with Indiana State


A rainbow stretches over Memorial Stadium after heavy rain during the game against Charleston Southern on Oct. 7, 2017. IU opens the season at home Saturday night against Virginia.  Levi Reece Buy Photos

IU football added two future home games to its nonconference schedule and will play Indiana State in Bloomington in 2025 and 2027, IU Athletics announced Tuesday.

IU will pay Indiana State a total of $975,000 for the two matchups, per the contract agreement for the two-game series. For the first game on Sept. 13, 2025, IU will pay $475,000 to their in-state foe. The Hoosiers will then pay $500,000 for the second game on Sept. 11, 2027. 

The Hoosiers and Sycamores recently completed a three-game series in 2014. For three consecutive season openers from 2012 through 2014, IU beat Indiana State at home. The Sycamores' current coach is Curt Mallory, the son of IU's winningest coach Bill Mallory. Curt went 0-11 in his first season with Indiana State in 2017.

The games against Indiana State begin to take IU's nonconference schedule plans into the second half of the next decade. IU already has a home game Louisville on its schedule for 2025, but the 2027 game with Indiana State is the first officially schedule game of that season for the Hoosiers. 

As an FCS school, Indiana State will be able to qualify as a win toward bowl eligibility for IU in 2025 and 2027 by virtue of the Hoosiers only hosting four conference games in those seasons. 

Other future nonconference opponents for IU include Connecticut (2019 and 2020), Cincinnati (2021 and 2022) and Louisville (2023 through 2025). 

Jake Thomer

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