Midseason bowl projections still include Hoosiers #iufb

Saturday’s collapse against Rutgers has dampened the mood surrounding Indiana’s football season, but the national folks who make their ridiculously early bowl projections still see the Hoosiers playing in December.

Right now, it appears that IU is ticketed for Texas.

The Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl seems to be the popular choice for Indiana this week. ESPN’s Mark Schlabach and Brett McMurphy each slotted IU in this bowl, with Schlabach pitting the Hoosiers against Boise State and McMurphy projecting a matchup against Colorado State.

The Sporting News also likes IU in the Armed Forces Bowl, predicting a matchup with San Diego State. The Armed Forces Bowl will be played on Tuesday, Dec. 29 at 2 p.m. at Amon G. Carter Stadium on the campus of TCU. ESPN will carry the broadcast.

Over at Sports Illustrated, Indiana is the pick to represent the Big Ten in the Heart of Dallas Bowl on Dec. 26 at Cotton Bowl Stadium. SI projects a contest between IU and Southern MIssissippi.

USA Today also sees the Hoosiers going bowling, but can’t make up its mind where that will be. Here, IU is slotted both for the Armed Forces Bowl against Washington State, and in the Heart of Dalls Bowl against Marshall.

The Rutgers loss, however, did do some damage to IU’s postseason hopes as reflected in the projections of CBS Sports and SB Nation. Neither outlet includes the Hoosiers this week.

6 comments

  1. Bowl projections are more than ridiculous this time of year. No one knows how teams will finish the season. Imagine IU runs the table beating MSU, Iowa, UM, Md, and PU; I would say their bowl setting would be far different than if we finish the season with only wins against MD and PU.

    It would be nice to start this run with a win over MSU. Go Hoosiers!

  2. v13, it is highly unlikely, unless MSU watched Saturday’s game and decides they can take this week off. I just want Sudfeld to survive the game in one piece!

  3. As frustrated as I am, the sky is the limit if Sudfeld is healthy and Howard comes back. Yes, I can see stealing one of these upcoming tough games.

  4. First, from what I read, Howard is doubtful for the balance of the season which is no surprise…ankle injuries are tricky and take a long time to heal. Nate still looks a little gimpy although he obviously is very effective. I don’t believe a bowl is realistic for this season. Yes, if Howard were to come back at anywhere close to 100% and barring further key injuries, a bowl is possible by beating Maryland and PU. But, how realistic is that? We all need to remember that while or talent and depth level has improved dramatically, we still are not consistently competitive at this level. We are not yet a next man up program at most positions including but not limited to QB.

  5. Podunker, I agree unless Howard is back but MSU has played close games IE Rutgers and their defense is vulnerable to the pass. Without Howard I think IU will be fortunate to win the two games needed to be bowl eligible.

    IUfan, you are right about talent level. We are closer to the next man up but still short of having top talent in two deep roster. Every team is hurting with key injuries, many are fortunate not to have those injuries happen, just look at MSU defense ranks this year with the injuries they have had. Teams can deal with injuries unless it strikes at key positions. PSU running game was hurt until their freshman star came back while Iowa can crank out RB when a starter goes down because the OL is the key. Majette may be the RB that IU needs to overcome the loss of Howard, we will just have to wait and see.

  6. I hate to say this, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Indiana only wins one or two more games.
    High hopes at the beginning of the season, but the injuries to Nate and Jordan have set them back and they are not deep enough yet to consistently compete in the B1G. I just hope we don’t start over with a new coach anytime soon. We need a consistent coaching staff to build this thing and even though I thought they would be ready by now, it may be another year or two.

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