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Top five IU sporting events for the fall semester



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Fans wait in line at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall prior to the doors opening for Hoosier Hysteria on Oct. 21. Evan De Stefano Buy Photos

1. Football vs. Iowa, 12 p.m. Oct. 13, Memorial Stadium

IU's game against Iowa will be during homecoming weekend in Bloomington. The stadium will be packed as the Hawkeyes come to town to face the Hoosiers. The festivities of the weekend are highlighted by the football game. Iowa figures to be a strong team in 2018, bringing back quarterback Nathan Stanley, but he’ll have to overcome a loud Memorial Stadium. It’s a game that could also be key in IU’s season. This figures to be the most fun and raucous sporting event of the fall season. The last time the two teams played, IU fell just short, losing to the Hawkeyes, 35-27, in Bloomington.

2. Hoosier Hysteria, Time TBA, Sept. 29, Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall

Romeo. Langford. Is there more that needs to be said? Langford is one of the most hyped basketball recruits to play for the IU men's basketball team in years, and Hoosier Hysteria will be the first chance for Indiana fans to see Langford wearing the cream and crimson. While there isn’t a game of any meaning played that night other than the men's team's scrimmage, Hoosier Hysteria is always a fun night for fans to meet their team, and hear from the coaches. Along with the scrimmage, fans are introduced to both the men's and women's teams, while also watching a three-point contest for both teams and a slam dunk contest for the men's team. Add in the fact the women's team is coming off a WNIT Championship from the 2017-18 season, and there will be plenty of hype surrounding the event this year.

3. Men’s soccer vs Butler, 8 p.m. Oct. 16, Bill Armstrong Stadium

IUs men's soccer team came so close to winning the national championship a year ago, and, in 2018, the team has the talent to compete for a title yet again. The Hoosiers have four games set for broadcast on national television, and with an 8:00 p.m. start. This will be an in-state battle for IU against the Bulldogs, and a game to prove themselves to the nation. The Hoosier Army will be packed in for this one. 

4. Football vs Penn State, Time TBA, Oct. 20, Memorial Stadium

Penn State projects to be the best team coming to Bloomington this season. Led by quarterback Trace McSorley, the Nittany Lions will without a doubt be a contender in the Big Ten, and a possible top-10 team in the nation. Penn State will certainly be favored coming into this game, which will be played on national television, but the Hoosiers will have a chance to pull an upset. 

5. Men’s soccer vs Michigan State, 4 p.m. Oct. 28, Bill Armstrong Stadium

Michigan State comes to Bloomington in the last game of the regular season for the men’s soccer team. It’s a game that could prove to have major importance for seeding in the Big Ten Tournament, but also a game with national implications. Michigan State will likely be the top team that IU plays in Bloomington this year, a top-10 team from a year ago. 

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