While waiting on Indiana’s bowl destination … #iufb

Indiana’s bowl destination will be revealed this afternoon. In the meantime, here’s what we know.

A report from Blue Devil Lair’s Adam Rowe, citing multiple sources, puts Duke in the Dec. 26 Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. Rowe says Duke’s most likely opponent would be Indiana. After checking in with IU, I was told Indiana had not yet been offered a bid, so nothing was official. Most projections, of course, lean heavily toward slotting the Hoosiers in the Bronx.

ESPN ACC reporter Andrea Adelson tweeted Sunday that the six New Year’s bowl games will be announced around 2:45, followed by the rest of the Atlantic Coast Conference assignments in this order: Russell Athletic, Tier I and Tier II. The Pinstripe Bowl, which, again, is one of the favorites to host IU, is considered a Tier I destination for the ACC. So an announcement could possibly come as soon as the 3 o’clock hour.

Multiple reports indicate Penn State is the favorite to land a spot in Jacksonville’s TaxSlayer Bowl. If that’s the case, that means there will not be a Big Ten team heading to Nashville’s Music City Bowl. On Thursday, IU athletic director Fred Glass did his best to explain the selection process for those two bowls:

“It’s so complicated and I’ve learned a lot about it,” Glass told The Herald-Times. “There’s some sort of relationship between those bowls that they kind of collaborate on their choices. I don’t know if it’s by contract or by a sort of gentleman’s agreement, but if one of them picks a Big Ten team, the other one doesn’t. That’s why it’s kind of like an either/or deal. I think it’s kind of like electing to kick off or receive at a football game. I think last year, maybe Nashville had the pick, but they deferred to Jacksonville and Jacksonville picked a Big Ten team. Now, I think Jacksonville has the pick and I think they’re likely to pick a Big Ten team. But maybe not. All of this stuff is very dynamic. It’s like a draft day, and they change all the time. We’re trying to prepare for any contingency and talk directly to the bowls that are among the group where we’d like to go. If we end up in Jacksonville, Nashville, New York or Santa Clara, we’ll be happy campers because they’ll all be, in their own way, really great experiences.”

The Foster Farms Bowl in Santa Clara, Calif. also remains in play for Indiana. Foster Farms Bowl executive director Gary Cavalli told the Lincoln Journal Star this week that IU, Penn State and Nebraska are the most realistic options to head west.

CBS Sports’ Jerry Palm’s latest projections have Indiana facing USC in the Foster Farms Bowl.

As soon as IU’s destination becomes official, we’ll pass it along here on the Scoop.

One comment

  1. Appreciate that you are here reporting this in a timely manner, but staying grounded until it’s official. Everybody’s running around saying “Pinstripe”, but I’m content to hear it after it’s fo’ realz.

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