Bowl matchups for IU, Purdue, Ball State and Michigan

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Indiana University will play Oklahoma State in the Insight Bowl on Dec. 31.

Hoosier coach Bill Lynch says the invitation to the game is a great reward for the team, which faced several challenges this year. Lynch became coach after coach Terry Hoeppner's death in June from complications of a brain tumor.

The Insight Bowl will be played at Arizona State University's Sun Devil Stadium and will be televised by The NFL Network.

The Hoosiers enter the game at 7-5 overall after posting a 3-5 record in Big Ten play. The Cowboys (6-6, 4-4) tied for third in the Big 12 South.
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Purdue will play Central Michigan in the Motor City Bowl in Detroit on Dec. 26.

Purdue (7-5) and Central Michigan (8-5) met earlier in the season, when the Boilermakers pulled off a 45-22 victory at home.

The Motor City Bowl, which will be played at Ford Field, will be televised by ESPN.

Purdue Coach Joe Tiller will be taking his 10th Purdue team to postseason play in 11 seasons. Tiller says the team hopes to make the bowl game its best game this year.
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Ball State has accepted an invitation to play Rutgers in the International Bowl on Saturday, ending an 11-year NCAA postseason drought.

The Cardinals will represent the Mid-American Conference in the Jan. 5 game. The Scarlet Knights come from the Big East.

The game is the only NCAA Division I football contest played outside the United States.

Ball State ended the regular season with consecutive wins over Northern Illinois and Toledo to finish 7-5 -- its best mark since going 8-4 in 1996 -- and was 5-2 in its conference for the second straight year.

Rutgers (7-5, 3-4 Big East) concluded its regular season with a 41-38 loss to Louisville (6-6, 3-4). This marks the third straight year the Scarlet Knights have gone on to play in a bowl game, a first in school history.
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Michigan finished the season unranked after another loss to Ohio State. But the Wolverines will play in a New Year's Day bowl anyway.

Michigan has accepted an invitation to play Florida in the Capital One Bowl on January first in Orlando, Florida. The Gators are last season's national champions.

It will be the final game coached by Michigan's Lloyd Carr, who's stepping down after 13 seasons running college football's all-time winningest program.

The Capital One Bowl is familiar territory for the Wolverines. They beat Arkansas, Florida and auburn in 1999, 2000 and 2001, respectively, before losing 45-17 to Tennessee in 2002.


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