The Associated Press
Indiana (6-6) at Utah (8-4), 8:30 p.m. (Fox)
Line: Utah by 7.
Series Record: Utah leads 2-1.
WHAT’S AT STAKE
The Utes look to win their 13th bowl game in their last 14 trips to the postseason. The Hoosiers go for a win in their first game under new coach Tom Allen, who took over after Kevin Wilson’s surprising resignation this month.
Indiana RB Devine Redding vs. Utah front seven. Redding is the fourth player in school history to rush for at least 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons. He will have his work cut out for him against a Utes defense that ranked second in the Pac-12 in run defense (129.7 yards per game) and led the conference with 94 tackles for loss.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Indiana: LB Tegray Scales led the Big Ten with 116 tackles, including 87 solo stops. He also had a conference best 20 1/2 tackles for loss, ranking tied for fourth nationally.
Utah: RB Joe Williams has run for 1,185 yards and nine touchdowns this season despite missing four games when he briefly retired from football. He’s run for at least 100 yards in five of his past six games and is averaging 148.1 yards rushing per game for the season.
FACTS & FIGURES
Indiana qualified for bowl games in consecutive seasons for first time since 1990-91. … Hoosiers last bowl win was 24-0 over Baylor in 1991 Copper Bowl. They are 0-3 since then. … Indiana will play a Pac-12 team for first time since beating No. 24 Oregon in 2004. … Hoosiers LB Marcus Oliver is NCAA active leader with 12 career forced fumbles. … Utes coach Kyle Whittingham is 9-1 all-time in bowl games for the best winning percentage in NCAA history. … Utah’s four losses were by a combined 19 points. … Utes lost three of four games to end regular season. … Utah led nation in net punting at 44.9 yards led by Ray Guy award winner Mitch Wishnowsky. … Utes finished tied for third in the nation with 28 takeaways.
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