The most intriguing postseason matchups for Indiana Football.
Indiana football has had a great football season and they have earned a bid to a very good bowl game. The Big Ten announced yesterday it would allow Ohio State to be awarded the East division championship despite not meeting the original criteria of playing six games. As a result, Indiana is deprived of the chance to play Northwestern and have a better shot at making the College Football Playoff.
Still, the Hoosiers have likely done enough to make it to a New Year’s Six bowl. There is an outside shot they still make the Playoff, but it is so slim that I will not be considering it here. Here are the most intriguing potential bowl matchups Indiana could have.
Going up against USC would be fun to see since it is a historically great program. It would also be fun to see a rematch of Indiana’s only Rose Bowl appearance in 1968. The Hoosiers would probably be super fired up to get revenge for that loss (sarcasm).
I also just hate the Pac-12, and it would be great to see their fabled program get smacked by a program with almost no historical greatness to its name.
The memories of losing to Tennessee last season still sting, and this could be an opportunity to get back in the win column against the SEC. Florida is a very good team led by potential top-10 draft pick Kyle Trask.
Trask is second in the nation in passing yards and first in touchdowns. If Ohio State had played as many games as Florida, Justin Fields may be around those types of numbers as well. The Hoosiers defense made Fields look silly at times in that game, and it would be interesting to see how the secondary handled the best statistical quarterback in college football this season.
It would be fun to see Iowa State play Indiana because they are schools of similar statures. Iowa State is a program that has had long stretches of mediocrity in its football history but has been on the upward slope under coach Matt Campbell. This matchup would feature two up-and-coming schools without storied histories, but with very bright futures.