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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana and Florida International will help usher in the 2016 college football season on Thursday, Sept. 1, in Miami, the two schools announced Thursday afternoon. The game originally was scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 3.

IU last opened on a Thursday in 2013. The Hoosiers defeated Indiana State, 73-35, on Aug. 29.

Indiana earned a 36-22 victory over FIU at Memorial Stadium on Sept. 12 last season in the first meeting between the two programs. The Hoosiers and Panthers will meet in Bloomington in 2017 and again in Miami in 2018.

IU kicks off its seven-game home schedule against Ball State on Saturday, Sept. 10. Season tickets are available at IUHoosiers.com, by phone at 1-866-IUSPORTS or in person at the Assembly Hall Ticket Office.

2016 INDIANA FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

Sept. 1 at Florida International

Sept. 10 Ball State

Sept. 24 Wake Forest

Oct. 1 Michigan State

Oct. 8 at Ohio State

Oct. 15 Nebraska

Oct. 22 at Northwestern

Oct. 29 Maryland

Nov. 5 at Rutgers

Nov. 12 Penn State

Nov. 19 at Michigan

Nov. 26 Purdue

Dec. 3 Big Ten Championship Game