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Indianapolis College Football: Giants of the Gridiron

Hoosiers are well known for being Indianapolis sports enthusiasts, whether it’s professional or college sports. When it comes to football, no one’s a stranger to the famed Indianapolis Colts, but what some may not know is that Indianapolis college football makes for some great fall entertainment.

Butler University

Butler University, home of the Bulldogs, started its football program back in 1951. Recently, the Bulldogs had one of their best football seasons with a record of 19-11 and finished out the season by picking up two regular season tournament championships. Butler University football competes in both the NCAA Division I Horizon League and in the Pioneer Football League. Numerous Butler athletes have been name to the Academic All-Pioneer Football League team, including six from the 2008 season.  Additionally, two of those six players were named to the 2008 ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District V team. The Butler Bulldogs football team is coached by Jeff Voris and they play at the Butler Bowl.

Marian College

Marian College’s football program is fairly young, its first season being in 2007. The Knights compete as a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Making a splash in the Mid-States Football Association Mideast League, the Knights have excelled at both football and academics; the team has recently had four members named to the MSFA All-Academic team. The Knights are coached by Ted Karras.

University of Indianapolis

University of Indianapolis footballThe University of Indianapolis football team competes in Division II of the NCAA. Headed by coach Joe Polizzi, the Greyhounds began playing as a team in the Hoosier College Conference in 1947 and have come a long way since then. Playing in Key Stadium, the Greyhound team has brought many honors the University of Indianapolis including having five athletes recently honored with All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference accolades.

Indianapolis college football is a definite must see, and the games are some of the best things to do in Indianapolis. Not only are these Hoosier athletes talented, but they play with Hoosier pride. Be sure to grab your blanket and your football spirit this fall as you cheer on your favorite Indianapolis college football team.