The University of Iowa football team finished a disappointing 7-5 this season and 4-4 in conference play. The only thing that the Hawks have left on their slate for this season is their awaited bowl game which still hasn’t been decided.
There is a large range of Bowls that Iowa could be selected for because six of the nine bowl eligible Big Ten team could (barring the Illinois game Friday) finish with a 7-5 record. Iowa will finish tied for 4th place in the Big Ten with Penn State and Illinois, which opens up the bowl picture to a number of different bowl locations.
Recent rumors have circulated that the Outback Bowl (set as 2nd best non-BCS conference bowl) will take Penn State over Iowa because of Penn State’s fan traveling advantage and because of the limited number of games left in Joe Paterno’s coaching career.
Should this happen the Gator Bowl and the Insight Bowl would likely split their bowl prospects between Iowa, Illinois and the well traveling Michigan. Generally many Hawk fans believe that the Insight Bowl would be a better suit because of a large following in Arizona, but CFFN still believes that the Gator Bowl will be the host of the Hawkeye’s bowl match up potentially against a Florida team that the Hawks have faced twice in the post season since 2004.
**Update: A source from ABC News in Des Moines believes that the Insight Bowl will have a strong pull for the Hawkeyes, but only time will tell