Ridiculously early bowl projections: New York? Fort Worth? Detroit?!

Here’s something fun.

It’s far too early to book your travel for a December bowl game, but that won’t stop college football pundits around the country from offering their projections for postseason bowl assignments. So, as Saturday’s showdown with No. 1 Ohio State nears, allow yourself to slip away and dream of December excursions to New York, Fort Worth or Detroit — each of which appear as possible destinations for potentially bowl-bound IU football team.

— In CBS Sports’ latest predictions, Jerry Palm is pencilling in IU and Duke for a trip to the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on Dec. 26.

— ESPN’s Brett McMurphy and Mark Schlabach both see IU playing postseason football, only they’re not sure where. Schlabach has the Hoosiers facing Boston College in the Quick Lane Bowl at Detroit’s Ford Field on Dec. 28. McMurphy has IU and San Jose State meeting in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth on Dec. 29.

— IU is also projected for the Quick Lane Bowl by SB Nation, which has the Hoosiers facing Pittsburgh.

Campus Insiders likes the Hoosiers in the Armed Forces Bowl against Air Force.


  1. I have never understood the excitement about the possibility of going to a bowl game at this stage of the season. IU should be happy to be 4-0. But let’s show some restraint. Our football team hasn’t “bowl’ed anyone over yet. Barely defeated SIU, did a bit better vs. FIU, should be happy to some degree about the win over WKU, could have beaten Wake Forest by 21 or more, but didn’t. Now a talented DT is suspended coming into a key game with Ohio State and what do I read …IU is going bowling. While I love IU football, I am perplexed.

  2. IU needs to compete Saturday. Their defense has to continue to improve to win 2 of the 8 games in conference play. The level they are now it will be a 5 and 7 year.

  3. So, playing in Yankee Stadium on December 26th is supposed to be a good thing?

    I’ve been in NYC on December 26th. It was a tragic example of poor decision making that I’m unlikely to ever repeat.

  4. The idea of a bowl game is different for fans versus the coaching staff and players. As Chet has pointed out, the cynical fans will make fun of any bowl that isn’t played on New Years Day in a warm climate. However, coaches and staff love any bowl game no matter the date or place due to the fact that they get extra practice time when other teams are at home doing nothing to improve. This is an opportunity to get some depth built up, bring the freshman even further along, see what you have for next year and start game planning for what the team will look like next year. Players love it due to going to a different place, getting treated pretty good at these bowl games, and getting a chance to play one more (especially the seniors trying to get to the next level). Any bowl game is a good bowl game.

  5. iuh1992, Solid points. Much player development takes place during bowl practices setting up the next seasons producers. It has a lot to do with successful programs being successful year after year. It is no wonder it is “a has to be” goal for every staff. It is part of what college kids play FB for. I used to know how many additional practices are allowed but somewhere in the 14-21 extra is my guess. Anyone know for sure?

  6. Unless it has changed since I last read up on this stuff there is no set number of practices. Teams must simply follow the same NCAA guidelines that apply during the regular season. Therefore, a team playing in early January is going to get quite a few more practices in than a team playing in the Meat and Potatoes Bowl in mid December.

    Of course, you are both correct. Any bowl really is better than no bowl for player development, recruiting, etc., but an open air bowl game in NYC the day after Christmas isn’t going to be much fun for the participants or fans. It sounds like a punishment.

    I’m sure there are plenty of folks that would love to visit NYC in winter. I’m just not one of them.

  7. I have never been to NYC and have no wants to ever go. I guess a bowl in NYC is better than no bowl at all but I agree just does not sound that inviting on 12/26. The Windy is another place I avoid that time of the year.

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