Indiana Football: Non-Conference opponents Hoosiers should play

Stevie Scott, Indiana football. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)
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The Indiana football team has not branched out much with their non-conference opponents in recent years. What teams should the Hoosiers schedule?

The Hoosiers are starting to make some strides in football and are trying to climb up the ranks of the Big Ten. They were able to finish ahead of Michigan State last year and even got themselves ranked in the top 25 for a week.

They are trying to prove that last year was no fluke and have a great 2020. Part of what will help with their record is the fact that their non-conference schedule is pretty weak. While it should give the fans three wins, it doesn’t bring much excitement.

While their schedule is pretty set for most of the next five years, it doesn’t mean we can’t start dreaming about teams we would love the Hoosiers to play. They do play Louisville in a few years and that should at least be a better game then what they have been playing as of late. Playing the Cardinals should bring a little more excitement but still not that marquee name or different opponent many would hope for.

Indiana seems to be showing more life in football and needs to improve its non-conference schedule, but they are not quite ready for the top teams in the country. While they probably won’t back down from any team, playing the likes of Alabama and Clemson is probably not in the cards just yet. Yes, it would be great to get some of those teams to play in Bloomington but that is probably not going to happen.

Instead, we are going to look at teams we would love to see them play and could probably get a home and home with. There are a few teams here that it would be a stretch to get that series but not completely out of the realm of possibility.

There are also a few teams that the Hoosiers could absolutely get to do a home and home with and would be a great challenge and also bring a lot of excitement to the fans and fill the stands.