Iowa football: What bowl will Iowa be traveling to this year?

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STATE COLLEGE, PA – OCTOBER 27: Riley Moss #33 of the Iowa Hawkeyes breaks up a pass to Brandon Polk #10 of the Penn State Nittany Lions on October 27, 2018 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Many fans are wondering what are the postseason possibilities for the Iowa football team. Here’s the potential bowl scenarios and spoiler, they’re not bad.

As I have openly admitted in a few articles this week, Saturday stung and it left me feeling like the Iowa football team didn’t have a lot left to play for. After reviewing the possible bowl scenarios, however, there is a chance for the Hawkeyes to still play in a better bowl game than a low-level San Francisco Bowl or the Pinstripe Bowl. Let’s check them out.

First and foremost, it’s important to understand the different factors that play into who gets to go to what bowl.

The biggest factor is where each team falls in the College Football Playoff ranking followed closely by conference bowl ties. For example, the Big Ten Conference champion is automatically slotted for the Rose Bowl unless they are selected to play in the College Football Playoffs. When a Big Ten team makes the College Football Playoffs, it moves all other Big Ten teams up in the pecking order of bowls, including the Iowa football team.

Secondly, there are bowls with specific ties to the Big Ten. These bowls include the aforementioned Rose Bowl, the Citrus Bowl, the Outback Bowl, the Holiday Bowl, the TaxSlayer Bowl, the Pinstripe Bowl, the San Francisco Bowl, and the Quick Lane Bowl.

Third and finally, there is a soft agreement in place to not repeat bowls for teams. So for example, the Iowa football team was in the Pinstripe Bowl last year. That means, it’s a lot less likely for the Hawks to be in that bowl again this year. This also eliminates the TaxSlayer Bowl (which Iowa made after the 2014 season), and the Outback Bowl (which Iowa made after the 2016 season).

So where does the Iowa football program fit in among the remaining bowls. Here are the options and what needs to happen for the Hawks to slide into these games.


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