Feb. 1, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - For the first time in school history the Indiana football team will host eight games in 2008, the IU Department of Athletics announced Friday. The school also kicked off its 2008 football season ticket renewal campaign today. Single-game tickets will go on sale at a later date.
The Hoosiers hosted seven games for the sixth time in Memorial Stadium history last season and posted a 5-2 record, the program's most home victories since a 6-1 mark in 1993.
"We are excited for the opportunity to play eight games at The Rock," Indiana head coach Bill Lynch said. "This is a challenging schedule and some good football teams will come to Bloomington in 2008. We need each and every one of you to come out and give us the home field advantage we enjoyed last season."
Indiana will play eight of its first 10 games in Bloomington, opening with its first-ever meetings against Western Kentucky (Aug. 30) and Murray State (Sept. 6). Following an off week, the Hoosiers return to The Rock to face Ball State for the third straight season on Sept. 20. IU has defeated BSU the last two seasons and holds a 4-0 mark all-time against the Cardinals.
The Hoosiers kick off Big Ten play at home against Michigan State (Sept. 27) and then head to Minneapolis to face Minnesota (Oct. 4). Returning to Bloomington on Oct. 11, Indiana will look for its third straight victory over Iowa.
IU travels to Champaign in 2008 to meet up with the Fighting Illini of Illinois on Oct. 18 and welcomes Northwestern to Memorial Stadium for Homecoming on Oct. 25.
In its final non-conference matchup, the Hoosiers host Central Michigan on Nov. 1. IU holds a 3-0 edge in the all-time series against the Chippewas, scoring triumphs in 2002, 2004 and 2005.
Indiana wraps up its home conference slate with a Nov. 8 date against Wisconsin before closing Big Ten action away from Bloomington against Penn State (Nov. 15) and Purdue (Nov. 22). The Hoosiers will be looking for back-to-back Old Oaken Bucket victories for the first time since the 1993-94 seasons.
Season tickets are now on sale for the 2008 Indiana football season. To order, contact the IU Athletics Ticket Office at 1-866-IUSPORTS or visit IUHOOSIERS.com.
"Our fans were unbelievable last year," Lynch said. "The atmosphere at the Purdue game truly helped us bring the Old Oaken Bucket back to Bloomington. We need that intensity every week, so order your season tickets now and help us Defend The Rock."
2008 Indiana Football Schedule
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