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Hoosiers To Kick-Off Football Season Oct. 24 Against Penn State

Indiana football coach Tom Allen watches over practice September 30 at the IU practice fields.

Coach Tom Allen gets his team ready before its first game in two weeks. (Scott Burns / Indiana University Athletics)

The Indiana Hoosiers finally have a time and date for their season opener in two weeks against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Memorial Stadium.

The Big Ten announced Monday the game will kick off at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24, on Fox Sports 1.

Indiana head football coach Tom Allen said its more important than ever to make sure there are no positive COVID-19 cases among players, coaches and staff until then.

“We’re trying to protect that group at every way possible,” Allen said. “But we’re not going to quit talking about it. So far, we’re doing some good things, but it has to continue.”

There are currently no positive cases within the program. The last one was reported on Sept. 17.

IU announced it will limit spectators at the game to just the families of players and coaches.

“We don’t all live in a bubble,” Allen said. “We’re going to have to make some sacrifices.”

The university is also prohibiting tailgating for fans on campus.

Allen said the pandemic has made preparation for this first game unusual, but there are always nerves before the season starts.

“There are first game normal concerns, but they’re just heightened because of the amount of time we’ve been apart and not being able to do game-like things as much as you’d like before you play a team like Penn State,” Allen said.

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