Update December 8, 4:30 p.m.: It’s now official with the announcement of the Belk Bowl participants. Indiana will be facing the University of Tennessee Volunteers after a last minute change in plan for the Music City Bowl selection.

Indiana finally knows its bowl game destiny after the conclusion of the conference championship slate on Saturday, and the release of the updated College Football Playoff rankings. With signs all pointing to Kentucky leading up to the day, the Hoosiers will face a different SEC opponent shortly after the new year.

Indiana will be facing Tennessee in the 75th TaxSlayer Gator Bowl hosted on Thursday, January 2, 2020. The game will take place at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Florida.

Drama on Selection Sunday

Instead of the revitalization of the “Bourbon Barrel” game between Indiana-Kentucky, the final last minute call gave Tennessee the final selection (7-5, 5-3) in the Gator Bowl. The decision came due to Tennessee wanting to play away from Nashville, and because of the pecking order of team’s, Kentucky was bumped instead to the “lower” Belk Bowl. The Music City Bowl instead got the selection of Louisville and Mississippi State.

The Hoosiers are currently 0-1 against the Volunteers in the history of the series, with the last and only match up between the two taking place in the 1987 Peach Bowl that ended in a 27-22 victory for the Volunteers. That game took place on January 2, 1988, exactly 32 years prior to the two teams’ upcoming Gator Bowl matchup.

With the huge number of ties between Indiana and the state of Florida, the option to play in the Sunshine State gives an opportunity for parents and families of 26 players to attend — all within driving distance from home. This will be the first time Indiana has played in a Florida bowl game in program history.

TaxSlayer Gator Bowl Ticket Information

Event2020 TaxSlayer Gator Bowl
Time and DateThursday, Jan. 2, 2020 (7:00 p.m. ET)
LocationTIAA Bank Field (Jacksonville, Fla.)
SEC FansHome Team (West Side)
Indiana FansAway Team (East Side)

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Agenda of Events leading to the 2020 TaxSlayer Gator Bowl

Tuesday, Dec. 31 2019

VyStar New Year’s Eve Run (Tuesday, December 31)

New Year’s Eve Fireworks by the City of Jacksonville (Tuesday, December 31)

Official Gator Bowl IU Pep Rally (Wednesday, January 1)

  • 5:00 PM
  • Jax Beach Seawalk Pavilion at Deck the Chairs
  • FREE — open to the public

Big Red Warm Up (Thursday, January 2)

  • 2:30 – 5:30 PM
  • River City Brewing Company
  • 835 Museum Circle, Jacksonville, FL
  • Registration link TBA

Hoosier Hangout (Thursday, January 2)

  • 7:00 PM
  • Brewz – 2695 Post St. Jacksonville, FL
  • Can’t make it to the game? Join other Hoosier fans for a watch party downtown. 

TaxSlayer Tailgate Party (Thursday, January 2)

  • 3:00 P.M. – 6:30 P.M – Daily’s Place Flex Field
  • FREE – Open to the Public
  • A tailgate party will be available for various interactive games and other pre-game activities.

Game Day Pep Rallies (Thursday, January 2)

  • Daily’s Place Amphitheater
  • 4:15 PM – Indiana Pep Rally
  • 4:45 PM – SEC Pep Rally
  • FREE with Game Ticket.
  • Band pep rally with the respective teams participating in the Taxslayer Gator Bowl.

Pre-Game Concert featuring Yacht Rock Revue (Thursday, January 2)

  • Daily’s Place Amphitheater
  • 5:00 – 6:30 PM
  • FREE with Game Ticket.

Touchdown Party (Thursday, January 2)

  • TIAA Bank Field – Sky Patio
  • 5:00 – 6:30 PM
  • $50 per Ticket
  • Increase your pre-game experience with a touchdown party at the Sky Patio. Ticket includes complimentary food and 4 drink vouchers good for beer, wine, soda, or water.

Indiana Hoosiers Bowl Game History

The Hoosiers are going to be competing in just their 12th bowl game in program history and they would be seeking only their fourth bowl victory. After the resignation of head coach Kevin Wilson, Tom Allen took the Hoosiers to the 2016 Foster Farms Bowl game as his first game as the new Indiana head coach. Allen now becomes just the second coach to take Indiana to multiple bowl games, behind the legendary Bill Mallory who took the Hoosiers to a program record six bowl games between 1986 and 1993.

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  • 1967: Rose Bowl (3-14 Loss against USC) coached by John Pont
  • 1979: Holiday Bowl (38-37 Win over BYU) coached by Lee Corso
  • 1986: All-American Bowl (13-27 Loss against Florida State) coached by Bill Mallory
  • 1987: Peach Bowl (22-27 Loss against Tennessee) coached by Bill Mallory
  • 1988: Liberty Bowl (34-10 Win over South Carolina) coached by Bill Mallory
  • 1990: Peach Bowl (23-27 Loss against Auburn) coached by Bill Mallory
  • 1991: Copper Bowl (24-0 Win over Baylor) coached by Bill Mallory
  • 1993: Independence Bowl (20-45 Loss against Virginia Tech) coached by Bill Mallory
  • 2007: Insight Bowl (33-49 Loss against Oklahoma State) coached by Bill Lynch
  • 2015: Pinstripe Bowl (41-44 OT Loss against Duke) coached by Kevin Wilson
  • 2016: Foster Farms Bowl (24-26 Loss against Utah) coached by Tom Allen after the resignation of Kevin Wilson
  • 2020: Gator Bowl (versus Tennessee) coached by Tom Allen

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One Reply to “Indiana Football: Hoosiers will face UT in 2020 Gator Bowl on Jan. 2”

  1. This is my 60th year as the Indiana football fan. I am so happy, and so excited. So very proud of all of our bid who have brought us to this point. And I think God for Coach Tom Alad his family and our coaches. And a big thank you to our athletic director Fred glass who had the courage to hire this great man to be our football coach and to know that he’s going to be here for the next seven years but above thrills my heart. I am one happy Hoosier.

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