After a whirlwind week for the Indiana football program, the Hoosiers learned what’s next on Sunday — the Foster Farms Bowl.
Indiana accepted a bid to play No. 20 Utah (8-4) out of the Pac 12 in the Dec. 28 bowl, which will be played in Santa Clara, Ca. This is the second consecutive bowl game for the Hoosiers (6-6), a feat that hadn’t been accomplished in 25 years. Indiana lost a crazy 44-41 game to Duke in last year’s New Era Pinstripe Bowl.
Indiana coach Kevin Wilson resigned on Thursday amid allegations of mistreatment of players, and athletic director Fred Glass promoted defensive coordinator Tom Allen to be the program’s new head coach. Allen plans to sign a six-year deal.
Utah spent most of the season ranked in the top 25, and the Utes are actually better than their record suggests. Utah started the season 8-2 and pushed No. 4 Washington to the brink before falling 31-24. The Utes dropped their final two games, to Oregon and at Colorado.
Utah is a run-heavy team featuring four players with at least 78 rush attempts. The Utes are led by running back Joe Williams, who has rushed for 1185 yards and 9 touchdowns this season. Starting quarterback Troy Williams (not to be confused with the former Indiana forward) has thrown for 2579 yards with 15 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. Troy Williams has also rushed for 246 yards and 5 scores.
This figures to be a difficult matchup for Indiana. We’ll see what Allen is made of in his first game as Indiana’s head coach.