Indiana seeks rare 9th win in Gator Bowl against Tennessee


FILE – In this c, Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt talks to a player in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Georgia in Knoxville, Tenn. Tennessee and Indiana are both in a bowl game for the first time in three years. It’s progress for respective head coaches Jeremy Pruitt and Tom Allen. (AP Photo/Wade Payne, File)

Indiana and Tennessee have plenty at stake in the Gator Bowl. It’s each team’s first bowl trip since 2016. 

The Hoosiers have eight wins for the first time since 1993 and are in a bowl game for just the 12th time.

They are trying to reach nine victories for the first time since 1967. It’s clear validation for third-year coach Tom Allen.

The Volunteers also have seemingly turned a corner under second-year coach Jeremy Pruitt. Tennessee closed the regular season with five consecutive wins to earn its first bowl berth in three years.

The Vols have won three straight bowls.

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