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The Gary Barta revenge tour is still on

Although the Big Ten tweaked its schedule, Indiana kept its season-opening trip to Iowa

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Indiana’s football program will still have an outlet for its collective frustration with Gary Barta. Not even the Big Ten office would deprive the Hoosiers of that.

When the conference revealed its updated 2021 football schedule on Friday, IU learned that it will, indeed, make its long-planned trip to Iowa City to open the season on Sept. 4. So, start the countdown.

Not only is the Iowa game still on the books, the first four games will remain the same as they were arranged on the original slate, setting up as:

Sept. 4: at Iowa

Sept. 11: vs. Idaho

Sept. 18: vs. Cincinnati

Sept. 25: at Western Kentucky

From there, the Big Ten did some mixing and matching. IU was originally supposed to travel to Maryland on Oct. 2, but will instead head to Penn State that weekend. Rather than host Michigan the following week, IU will have a bye before welcoming Michigan State to Bloomington on Oct. 16. Indiana’s original idle week, scheduled for Oct. 23, will now feature a home game against Ohio State. Oct. 30 will see the Hoosiers make their trip to Maryland.

Rather than bring the Wolverines to Bloomington for a third straight season, IU will now travel to Michigan on Nov. 6. The Hoosiers will host Rutgers on Nov. 13 and then play the final two games — vs. Minnesota on Nov. 20 and at Purdue on Nov. 27 — as originally scheduled.

So, to recap, here’s what the rest of the calendar looks like:

Oct. 2: at Penn State

Oct. 16: vs. Michigan State

Oct. 23: vs. Ohio State

Oct. 30: at Maryland

Nov. 6: at Michigan

Nov. 13: vs. Rutgers

Nov. 20: vs. Minnesota

Nov. 27: at Purdue

Hey, quick side note: why in the world is IU traveling to Purdue this year?

Anyway, with all that figured out, how many wins are we feeling? Seven? Eight? More? Not enough? However many wins pile up, you better believe Tom Allen wants that first one — and not just because it’s the first one. You might say he has a reason or two that makes that trip to Iowa personally important.