Indiana and Louisville have agreed to a multi-year three-game series that will feature both the football and men’s basketball teams of each respective program. The agreement was announced in a joint statement from both universities and was reported by Alex Bozich of Inside the Hall.
The basketball series kicks off on New Year’s Eve 2016, when the Cardinals and Hoosiers face off at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, though it is technically a neutral site game despite being in the Hoosiers’ home state.
The following year, on Dec. 9, the series heads to Louisville’s KFC Yum! Center as a home game for the Cardinals before wrapping up in Bloomington on Dec. 8, 2018.
The football series won’t kick off for a while, with the first game taking place at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 16, 2023 before heading to Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on Sept. 7, 2024 and then finishing in Bloomington on Sept. 6, 2025.
Though Indiana basketball and football are in something of a rough spot and likely headed toward a rebuild in the near future, this is still a great series.
Both schools have eight national championships between them and are two of the most storied athletic programs in sports history, so it only makes sense to have a series between the two happen. If I may break out a pro wrestling reference, think of it as a yearly Champion vs. Champion match.
On top of that, Louisville has never defeated Indiana in football, with the Hoosiers winning the two games in 1985 and 1986, respectively, and has not played a team from the Big Ten in football since losing to Illinois in 2001.
Simply put, this series is going to electrify the fans of both teams when it officially kicks off next year.
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