Until last week's win at Wisconsin, even talking about Iowa and a bowl game was not a done deal. But with their sixth win, Iowa is assured of going to its fifth straight bowl game under Kirk Ferentz.
Where, oh where will they play?
Let's start with some winning scenarios:
If Iowa beats Minnesota on Saturday…
It's either the Alamo Bowl or the Sun Bowl for the Hawkeyes. As for determining which one of those bowls will be Iowa's destination, that is out of Iowa's hands.
If Ohio State beats Michigan and Penn State beats Michigan State, and we are assuming that for the sake of this section, then there is a fairly good chance that Iowa goes to the Alamo Bowl. Iowa needs both the Buckeyes and the Nittany Lions to earn bids to the BCS.
Here is a link to the current BCS standings: CLICK HERE
The top two rated BCS teams play for the national championship. Teams that are slotted 3 & 4 automatically secure a bid to the BCS. The BCS selects eight teams; the six conference champions from the Big Ten, Pac 10, Big 12, SEC, Big East and ACC and two at large selections.
If Penn State beats Michigan State they will get the Big Ten's automatic bid to the BCS. If Notre Dame stays among the Top 12 schools in the BCS standings, they are nearly a lock for one of the two at large BCS bids.
The BCS computer polls really like Michigan. Michigan is ranked 8th this week in the Jeff Sagarin index, one of the computer polls that is used to help come up with the BCS aggregate ranking. Ohio State beating Michigan would solidify their ranking in the BCS. It might vault them ahead of Virginia Tech. REMINDER: Even if Virginia Tech or another non-conference champion is ranked ahead of Ohio State in the BCS standings, the BCS bowl are not required to pick the higher rated team. And in my opinion, Ohio State would be selected over most any team that meets that criteria, due to their large alumni base that travels so well to bowl games.
So root for Ohio State and Penn State this weekend, as well as Virginia to beat Virginia Tech, because if all of those things happen, the Hawks will be in San Antonio, as the Capital One Bowl would take Wisconsin and the Outback would take Michigan.
If one or both of either Penn State or Ohio State loses, and the Big Ten gets just one invite from the BCS, Iowa more than likely goes to the Sun Bowl.
If Iowa loses to Minnesota…
If they lose to Minnesota, everything I just typed doesn't matter, and I think Iowa goes to the Sun Bowl. I doubt the Sun would pass on Iowa, because of their fan following and a lack there of from Minnesota and Northwestern. Minnesota would likely punch their card to the Alamo.
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