INDIANAPOLIS – For the first time since the early 90s, the Indiana Hoosiers football team will play in back-to-back bowl games. Last year, IU lost in overtime to Duke in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl and after beating Purdue just last month, IU became bowl eligible for a second straight season. Despite having a new coach and having all kinds of drama within the coaching staff of the program, IU will play in a postseason bowl game, as they will take on the Utah Utes on Dec. 28 in Santa Clara, Calif for the Foster Farms Bowl (8:30 p.m. ET/FS1/93.5 FM)
But, if you look at the Indiana Hoosiers basketball schedule, you’d see there’s a conflict. The basketball team is also playing that night, as the Hoosiers will kickoff Big 10 play against the Nebraska Cornhuskers in Assembly Hall. IU is trying to back up their regular season Big 10 championship a year ago with another one this season, and that defense of the crown starts the same night as the football teams bowl game on the opposite side of the country.
With that being said, IU is accommodating for both teams. The basketball game was moved up from a 7 p.m. ET tip to 6:30 p.m. ET on BTN which should make the game ending around the same time the Foster Farms Bowl kicks off. The staff is wanting the fans in attendance for the basketball game to hang around after, as they will air the football game on the video board upon the completion of the basketball game.
This is a great problem to have though, as it means both teams have meaningful games in December. For IU football to be playing now, it’s a great step for the program’s growth. For it to be the main entrée of the night, it’s a great thing for this IU fan base.
Wednesday Dec. 28 will be IU day.