Indiana and Mississippi To Square Off In 2021 Outback Bowl

December 20, 2020


Tampa, FL- The No. 11 Indiana Hoosiers will meet the Ole Miss Rebels in the Outback Bowl on January 2nd in Tampa, bowl officials announced today. It will be only the second meeting on the gridiron in history for the two teams and the first appearance by both teams in the Outback Bowl.

"We are very excited to extend an invitation to Indiana University and the University of Mississippi to play in this year's Outback Bowl," said Outback Bowl Chair Rita Lowman. "These are two exciting teams with local ties that should produce a great match-up that fans are really going to enjoy watching.

"It is a tremendous honor to play in the 35th Outback Bowl against a great opponent in Ole Miss, stated Indiana Head Coach Tom Allen. "Our players, coaching staff, medical staff and everyone associated with our team worked hard to navigate through this difficult season, and I am so happy everyone is getting rewarded for their efforts. Making our second-straight January bowl game shows where we are at as a program, and we are not done yet. We look forward to one more opportunity to represent Hoosier Nation! LEO."

"We look forward to representing our university on this national stage against a top-10 opponent in Indiana," said Ole Miss Coach Lane Kiffin. "The Outback Bowl is a premier postseason destination, and I'm excited for our players to experience this trip. Tampa is a special place for our family. My parents spent many years there, and I attended a number of games in the Big Sombrero when I was younger. It will be great to be back in the Bay."

Both coaches have coached previously in Florida with Coach Allen spending time at Temple Heights High and Armwood High School, the University of South Florida and Coach Kiffin coaching at Florida Atlantic University from 2017-19.

The Outback Bowl will be played on January 2nd at 12:30 PM ET at Raymond James Stadium. Tickets are on sale through Ticketmaster online at

For information on the Outback Bowl go to the bowl web site at for details.

About the Outback Bowl:

The Outback Bowl typically attracts visitors from more than 40 states each year to join local fans for the game and week of events while generating tens-of-millions of dollars in exposure for the region. The bowl boasts the longest title sponsor in bowl game history with Outback Steakhouse celebrating its 26thyear with the game. With this year's game the bowl has contributed over $155 million to universities over its history and is estimated to have generated well over $1 billion in economic impact for the Tampa Bay area. The bowl has also contributed more than $2 million to area charities since 2016 and has committed to donating at least $2.5. million more to charities through the 2026 game.