Indiana Hoosiers

LOUISVILLE, KY - SEPTEMBER 17: Lamar Jackson #8 of the Louisville Cardinals runs with the ball during the game against the Florida State Seminoles at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images)
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Behold: The full 2016-17 college football bowl schedule is here

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The College Football Playoff and New Year’s Six lineups are set, but there’s much more to bowl season than the top line games. Running 40 games deep and stretching from Dec. 17 to Jan. 9, the 2016-17 bowl schedule came together Sunday afternoon, which we’ve compiled here for your viewing enjoyment.

Let’s dive right in.

Saturday, Dec. 17
Gildan New Mexico Bowl (2 p.m. ET, ESPN): UTSA vs. New Mexico
Las Vegas Bowl presented by Geico (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC): Houston vs. San Diego State
Raycom Media Camelia Bowl (5:30 p.m. ET, ESPN): Appalachian State vs. Toledo
AutoNation Cure Bowl (5:30 p.m. ET, CBS Sports Network): Central Florida vs. Arkansas State
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl (9 p.m. ET, ESPN): Lousiana-Lafayette vs. Southern Miss

Monday, Dec. 19
Miami Beach Bowl (2:30 p.m. ET, ESPN): Central Michigan vs. Tulsa

Tuesday, Dec. 20
Boca Raton Bowl (7 p.m. ET, ESPN): Memphis vs. Western Kentucky

Wednesday, Dec. 21
San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl (9 p.m. ET, ESPN): BYU vs. Wyoming

Thursday, Dec. 22
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (7 p.m. ET, ESPN): Idaho vs. Colorado State

Friday, Dec. 23
Popeyes Bahamas Bowl (1 p.m. ET, ESPN): Old Dominion vs. Eastern Michigan
Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl (4:30 p.m. ET, ESPN): Louisiana Tech vs. No. 25 Navy
Dollar General Bowl (8 p.m. ET, ESPN): Ohio vs. Troy

Saturday, Dec. 24
Hawai’i Bowl (8 p.m. ET, ESPN): Hawaii vs. Middle Tennessee

Monday, Dec. 26
St. Petersburg Bowl (11 a.m. ET, ESPN): Mississippi State vs. Miami (Ohio)
Quick Lane Bowl (2:30 p.m. ET, ESPN): Boston College vs. Maryland
Camping World Independence Bowl (5 p.m. ET, ESPN2): NC State vs. Vanderbilt

Tuesday, Dec. 27
Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl (noon ET, ESPN): Army vs. North Texas
Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman (3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN): No. 24 Temple vs. Wake Forest
National Funding Holiday Bowl (7 p.m. ET, ESPN): Washington State vs. Minnesota
Motel 6 Cactus Bowl (10:15 p.m. ET, ESPN): Boise State vs. Baylor

Wednesday, Dec. 28
New Era Pinstripe Bowl (2 p.m. ET, ESPN): No. 23 Pittsburgh vs. Northwestern
Russell Athletic Bowl (5:30 p.m. ET, ESPN): No. 16 West Virginia vs. Miami
Foster Farms Bowl (8:30 p.m. ET, FOX): Indiana vs. No. 19 Utah
AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl (9 p.m. ET, ESPN): Texas A&M vs. Kansas State

Thursday, Dec. 29
Birmingham Bowl (2 p.m. ET, ESPN): South Florida vs. South Carolina
Belk Bowl (5:30 p.m. ET, ESPN): Arkansas vs. No. 22 Virginia Tech
Valero Alamo Bowl (9 p.m. ET, ESPN): No. 10 Colorado vs. No. 12 Oklahoma State

Friday, Dec. 30
AutoZone Liberty Bowl (noon ET, ESPN): TCU vs. Georgia
Hyundai Sun Bowl (2 p.m. ET, CBS): No. 18 Stanford vs. North Carolina
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl (3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN): No. 21 Tennessee vs. Nebraska
Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl (5:30 p.m. ET, Campus Insiders): South Alabama vs. Air Force
Capital One Orange Bowl (8 p.m. ET, ESPN): No. 6 Michigan vs. No. 11 Florida State

Saturday, Dec. 31
Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl (11 a.m. ET, ABC): No. 20 LSU vs. No. 13 Louisville
TaxSlayer Bowl (11 a.m. ET, ESPN): Georgia Tech vs. Kentucky
CFP Semifinal at Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl (3 p.m. ET, ESPN): No. 4 Washington vs. No. 1 Alabama
CFP Semifinal at PlayStation Fiesta Bowl (7 p.m. ET, ESPN): No. 3 Ohio State vs. No. 2 Clemson

Monday, Jan. 2
Outback Bowl (1 p.m. ET, ABC): No. 17 Florida vs. Iowa
Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic (1 p.m. ET, ESPN): No. 15 Western Michigan vs. No. 8 Wisconsin
Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual (5 p.m. ET, ESPN): No. 9 USC vs. No. 5 Penn State
Allstate Sugar Bowl (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN): No. 14 Auburn vs. No. 7 Oklahoma

Monday, Jan. 9
College Football Playoff National Championship (8 p.m. ET, ESPN): ALA/WASH vs. CLEM/OSU

Indiana promotes DC Tom Allen to replace Kevin Wilson as head coach

BLOOMINGTON, IN - OCTOBER 1: Dameon Willis Jr. #43 of the Indiana Hoosiers and members of the Indiana Hoosiers celebrate with fans after the game against the Michigan State Spartans at Memorial Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Bloomington, Indiana. Indiana defeated Michigan State 24-21. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
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Indiana’s search for a head coach wasn’t much of a search.

The school confirmed reports that Kevin Wilson was out as the Hoosiers coach on Thursday and that he would be replaced by defensive coordinator Tom Allen.

“I appreciate Coach Wilson’s many positive contributions to our football program,” athletic director Fred Glass said in a statement. “This has nothing to do with the performance of the football team, which I view as quite positive and very much heading in the right direction.

“Once Coach Wilson and I concluded to part ways, I turned to determining who the best person in the country would be to keep up our momentum and take us to another level with our football team… I quickly concluded that person was in our midst in Tom Allen. He is a leader of men. He is demanding without being demeaning. He is a proven, successful coach on a national scale with deep Indiana ties. He cares about his players, and they care back.”

Glass did add during his press conference on Thursday evening that there were no NCAA issues or medical related to Wilson’s departure, just that they disagreed over the future of the team.

As for Allen, he arrived in Bloomington in January of this year to help revive Indiana’s defense and helped the team improve in just about every statistical category this season. He’s a native of New Castle, Indiana and has had notable stops at Ole Miss and South Florida during his career.

With Allen in place as head coach for the Hoosiers, that may just conclude one of the strangest — and quickest — coaching searches in college football this year. Wilson’s resignation (as it was termed in the release) certainly came out of nowhere on Thursday and it didn’t take long before the school quickly moved on his replacement.

Indiana’s regular season is over but the team is still awaiting their bowl destination for later this month. Luckily for them though, they don’t have to wait at all to find out who their head coach will be in 2017 and beyond.

Amidst rumors of off-field issue, Kevin Wilson reportedly out as head coach at Indiana

BLOOMINGTON, IN - SEPTEMBER 5: Head coach Kevin Wilson of the Indiana Hoosiers is seen during the game against the Southern Illinois Salukis at Memorial Stadium on September 5, 2015 in Bloomington, Indiana. Indiana defeated Southern Illinois 48-47. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
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This certainly came from out of (almost) nowhere.

In a press release sent out right around three p.m. ET, Indiana announced that it “will make a major announcement in regard to the football program at 6 pm on Thursday, Dec. 1.”  While the nature of the major announcement wasn’t specified, the Indianapolis Star subsequently reported that IU will announce the dismissal of Wilson at the press conference.

FootballScoop.com described the situation as Wilson “stepping down,” although that coud merely be semantics.  The following tweet and a portion of a report from ESPN.com‘s Mark Schlabach, below that, however, certainly adds a layer of intrigue:

A former Hoosiers player told ESPN on Thursday that he and at least five current IU players were interviewed about Wilson’s treatment of players in meetings with athletics department officials and university lawyers during the past two weeks.

Regardless of how it’s officially couched, it appears the Hoosiers will be embarking on a search to replace Wilson.

In his sixth season with the football program, Wilson has guided the team to a 26-47 record overall and a 12-37 mark in Big Ten play.  Wilson had won six games each of the past two seasons, and the 4-5 record in the conference in 2016 was the best of his tenure.

In January of this year, IU announced that Wilson had signed a new six-year deal that nearly doubled his salary from $1.3 million to $2.55 million annually.  The buyout details weren’t available weren’t available at the time, but we’ve since been informed that the number is just south of $2.8 million if the dismissal is without cause.  However, based on the rumors that are flying around, with cause seems a morely likely outcome.

Indiana QB Ziander Diamont retiring from football after bowl game

BLOOMINGTON, IN - OCTOBER 29:  Zander Diamont #12 of the Indiana Hoosiers runs for a touchdown in the game against the Maryland Terrapins at Memorial Stadium on October 29, 2016 in Bloomington, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Indiana junior quarterback Ziander Diamont will play his final football game in Indiana’s bowl game, whichever one that may end up being. Diamont says he is taking precautions already to protect his long-term health and says he will need his brain in the future, a sentiment that seems to becoming more and more prevalent as awareness and education about brain injuries and football continue to evolve.

“That’s just not my style and if I’m going to go out, I’m going to go out my way,” Diamont said after Indiana’s victory over Purdue. “I think that for my safety and my future – I’m not going to the NFL – I need my brain. So that was the decision.”

Diamont’s size and dual-threat style has left him prone to rough hits as he runs the ball often with a 174-lb body. According to The Indy Star, Diamont confessed to suffering “a lot” of concussions during his time in Bloomington and in high school. Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson conceded those hits may have taken a toll on him over time, which is one of the concerns when it comes to football players and CTE.

Unless Diamont changes his mind, this means Indiana will have one extra spot on the depth chart at quarterback to fill than initially expected for head coach Kevin Wilson. Diamont is expected to graduate in the summer and took part in the senior day activities on Saturday.

2016 College Football Bowl Projections after Week 13

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 26:  Darrius Sims #6 celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the University of Tennessee Volunteers during the second half at Vanderbilt Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. Vanderbilt defeated Tennessee 45-34.  (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
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As we exit a wild Thanksgiving week filled with rivalry game upsets and head toward the final week of the regular season, it’s crazy to think that college football is over for a lot of teams. At the same time, there are dozens of others wondering what’s next on the docket with the postseason picture still slowly coming into focus. Most teams are left wondering just how the bowl picture will shake out and it could come right down to the end for several teams looking to find a spot from the College Football Playoff on down.

With all that in mind, CFTalk decided to peer into our crystal ball and see how every game the rest of the year plays out and which teams wind up in certain bowl games. Running through all the scenarios, here’s how the bowl picture could play out from the final four to the very first one on December 17:

College Football Playoff

Bowl Teams
Peach Bowl No. 1 Alabama No. 4 Washington
Fiesta Bowl No. 2 Clemson No. 3 Ohio State

New Year’s Six

Bowl Teams
Rose Bowl Wisconsin USC
Sugar Bowl Oklahoma Florida
Orange Bowl Florida State Michigan
Cotton Bowl Penn State Western Michigan

2016 FBS Bowl Games

Bowl Teams
New Mexico Bowl UTSA New Mexico
Las Vegas Bowl North Texas+ San Diego State
Cure Bowl UL-Lafayette UCF
Camellia Bowl Arkansas State Central Michigan
New Orleans Bowl Southern Miss Appalachian State
Miami Beach Bowl Tulsa Toledo
Boca Raton Bowl Western Kentucky Houston
Poinsettia Bowl BYU* Wyoming
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Colorado State Miami (OH)
Bahamas Bowl Old Dominion* Eastern Michigan*
Armed Forces Bowl Navy* Mississippi State+
Dollar General Bowl Troy Ohio
Hawaii Bowl Middle Tenn. State Hawaii
St. Petersburg Bowl South Florida Army
Quick Lane Bowl Maryland Boston College
Independence Bowl South Carolina N.C. State
Heart of Dallas Bowl Louisiana Tech South Alabama
Military Bowl Wake Forest Temple
Holiday Bowl Iowa Stanford
Cactus Bowl Baylor Air Force
Pinstripe Bowl Northwestern Pitt
Russell Athletic Bowl Virginia Tech West Virginia
Foster Farms Bowl Indiana Washington State
Texas Bowl Texas A&M Kansas State
Birmingham Bowl Vanderbilt Memphis
Belk Bowl Georgia Tech Kentucky
Alamo Bowl Oklahoma State Colorado
Liberty Bowl Tennessee TCU
Sun Bowl North Carolina Utah
Music City Bowl Minnesota Georgia
TaxSlayer Bowl Miami (FL) Arkansas
Outback Bowl Nebraska LSU
Citrus Bowl Louisville Auburn
Arizona Bowl Idaho Boise State

*Accepted bowl invite
+ 5-7 team selected based on APR