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Indiana will be playing their first bowl game in eight years in New York City on the day after Christmas.
The news was first reported by 247Sports Duke site BlueDevilLair.com earlier today. The Hoosiers are slated to take on Duke in the Pinstripe Bowl. The game takes place every year in Yankee Stadium, and pits a B1G team against an ACC team. Indiana, who finished the regular season at 6-6, will look to build off the momentum of two straight wins to end the regular season in order to get its first bowl victory since the 1991 Copper Bowl.
Indiana will get exposure on national TV for the game, as the Pinstripe Bowl will be shown on Saturday, December 26 at 3:30pm on ABC. It's a familiar TV slot for the Hoosiers -- they held the ABC/ESPN 3:30 time slot through five out of six weeks in October & November. It'll also be a chance for Hoosiers senior quarterback Nate Sudfeld to show off for NFL scouts, a chance to improve his NFL Draft stock with a solid showing in his final collegiate game ever.
Indiana's opponent, the Duke Blue Devils, finished the season 7-5 with a 4-4 record in the ACC. They did, however, lose 4 of their last 5 contests, and came out on the losing end of perhaps the craziest play in college football all season. A win would be nice revenge for the 20-point loss the basketball team suffered in Durham on Wednesday.