Indiana football will officially be playing Ole Miss in the 2021 Outback Bowl. The Hoosiers (6-1) seemed like they had the chance to make a New Year’s Six Bowl, but Indiana was passed up despite being ranked No. 7 in the Associated Press Top-25 poll. Indiana was ranked No. 11 in the final College Football Playoff rankings, which were released Sunday.
Indiana hasn’t played in two weeks due to COVID-19, but head coach Tom Allen said last Tuesday the team plans to return to practice on Monday to give itself enough time to prep for the bowl game. Ole Miss is currently 4-5 on the season and lost to LSU this past Saturday 53-48. The game will take place on Jan. 2, 2021, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. A limited number of fans will be allowed to attend the game.
The original tweet from both the Outback Bowl and Indiana football were deleted about playing in the game, and for a brief second on the Outback Bowl website, it said the 2021 game was canceled due to COVID-19. But just a few minutes later, both the Outback Bowl and Indiana football re-tweeted that the game was on. Then, Indiana sent out a press release at 5:39 p.m. ET to make it official.