Foster Farms Bowl Preview
Indiana Hoosiers vs Utah Utes
Considering what transpired in early December, Indiana might be one of the most intriguing teams to watch during bowl season. They’ll be taking on Utah for the Foster Farms Bowl (Enter Contest). Kevin Wilson resigned as the program’s head coach, and defensive coordinator Tom Allen was promoted to take his spot. Allen made a big difference on Indiana’s defense this year but this is his first opportunity to be a head coach. What tweaks will Allen implement with a month to prepare? In addition to the coaching turnover, the Hoosiers are going to have their hands full with Utah.
The Utes have posted three consecutive winning records in Pac-12 play and were in the mix to win the South Division late into November. Running back Joe Williams returned from an early-season retirement to rush for 1,185 yards, while quarterback Troy Williams has provided more of a big-play element for the passing game. Utah is also strong on the line of scrimmage, with left tackle Garett Bolles clearing the way on offense. Defensive end Hunter Dimick and tackle Lowell Lotulelei are headlining the defensive front.
ABOUT INDIANA (6-6, 4-5 Big Ten)
Junior quarterback Richard Lagow passed for 3,174 yards and 18 touchdowns in his first season as a starter. Despite that, he threw 16 interceptions and five picks over his last four games. Senior offensive lineman Dan Feeney, who has surrendered just two sacks in 45 career games, received first team All-America honors from the Associated Press. He become the third player in program history to receive the accolade in back-to-back seasons. Junior linebacker Tegray Scales had a breakout season, registering a Big Ten-best 116 tackles, including 20.5 for loss.
ABOUT UTAH (8-4, 5-4 Pac-12)
Senior running back Joe Williams came out of retirement to register five 100-yard games en route to 1,185 rushing yards. It’s the seventh-best single-season total in program history, even though he missed four games. Sophomore punter Mitch Wishnowsky won the Ray Guy Award with the best net punting average in the nation (44.9) and ensured that a Utah player received the award for the third consecutive season after Tom Hackett was honored in 2014 and 2015. Dimick was named to the All-Pac-12 First Team after leading the conference with 14.5 sacks.