(WAVE) - Indiana continues to search for respect from the college football decision makers.
The Hoosiers (6-1) only lost at #3 Ohio State by seven, and yet, despite being #7 in the AP poll, they are just #11 in the College Football Playoff rankings.
As a result, their bowl destination is not one of the locales at the top of the Big Ten pecking order.
Indiana will face Ole Miss (4-5) in the Outback Bowl in Tampa, Florida, at 12:30 p.m. on January 2.
Hoosiers head coach Tom Allen took the high road.
“There will be a time and a place to address that,” Allen said. “I don’t think this is the time or the place, bottom line is we’re excited to be going to Tampa to play in the Outback Bowl, a bowl game that a year ago, we were trying to fight hard to get to that level of, as they have the bowl games in the Big Ten hierarchy, and we’re thrilled to go to the Gator Bowl for sure, and have always kind of circled the Outback Bowl for me personally, and for so many of our players that are from that area as an awesome bowl opportunity for us to have and so that’s what we’re gonna focus on right now and not on the things that we can’t control, but there will be a time and a place to address that.”