Usually you'd think of the Indiana Hoosiers and Duke Blue Devils matching up in basketball, and they did last Wednesday as Duke won by 20, but now these two programs will get the chance to face off on the gridiron in a bowl game.
The Hoosiers will face off against the Blue Devils on December 26th in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York. The game will kickoff at 3:30 p.m. EST and will be televised on ABC.
This is Indiana's 10th bowl appearance ever and first since 2007 when they lost to Oklahoma State in the Insight Bowl. Their last bowl win came way back in 1991 when they beat Baylor in the Copper Bowl.
“I’m happy and pleased for our players and excited for the opportunity to continue to improve our program,” head coach Kevin Wilson said in the same statement. “We are looking forward to playing an outstanding opponent in Duke. It will be a great trip for our kids and nice to play in front of our large alumni base in the New York City area.”
Indiana clinched bowl eligibility following their win against rival Purdue on November 28th to finish the season at 6-6.
“All of us at Indiana University are delighted that our football team has earned a well deserved bowl berth, which reflects the strong performance and hard work of our players and coaching staff, the dedication and support of our fans, and the very encouraging progress our program has made this season,” IU President Michael McRobbie said in the same statement. “We’re excited to be playing in New York City and at hallowed Yankee Stadium, which will certainly make for a most memorable holiday season experience for our many Hoosier alumni and friends residing in the region.”
Duke finished the season at 7-5 and finished fifth in scoring offense and third in scoring offense in the ACC.
This will be the fourth meeting between these two schools with the Hoosiers having won twice. They haven't met since 1984.