Indiana OL voices frustration over potential of NY6 bowl snub
The Indiana Hoosiers have had a historic 2020 pandemic season, finishing 6-1 after beating Michigan, Michigan State, and Penn State for the first time in same season in the history of their program.
The Hoosiers final two games were cancelled due to Covid-19 protocols but the squad’s only setback occurred on the road to Big Ten champion and likely playoff bound Ohio State. That looks like the hell of a resume for the bowl selection committee to pick from, but with the big-name favoritism the group has shown, and willingness to jump bigger brands over lesser programs with better records, at least one Hoosier is laying the grounds for a future protest.
Dylan Powell, a graduate transfer offensive lineman from Stanford, sent out a concerned tweet early this morning. “It would be a shame if three teams with 3 losses get in a NY6 Bowl game over us,” wrote Powell.
It will be a shame if three teams with 3 losses get in a NY6 Bowl game over us— Dylan Powell (@Dylan_Powell74) December 20, 2020
Powell was clearly referring to the now 8-3 Iowa State Cyclones and Florida Gators after both programs lost their conference championship games yesterday. The Cyclones and Gators entered Saturday ranked sixth and seventh, respectively, to Indiana’s eleventh. The Hoosiers were idle after they agreed with Purdue University that canceling their Champion’s Week Old Oaken Bucket rematch was the right thing to do as a result of Covid-19 infections on both rosters.
Which program Powell meant by the third team is not exactly clear, but it’s possible he was worried about 8-3 North Carolina leap-frogging the Hoosiers from their number 15 ranking in the last CFP. Indiana’s only real concern is the fact they were only able to play seven games to most other contenders ten or eleven, but that was the fault of the Big Ten conference, not the Hoosiers.
Sometimes the bowl selections are predictable and all goes fairly well, while other time it’s a roll of the dice with a surprise at the end of every toss. The Hoosiers have had a magical 2020, will the selection committee see it that way, too?