IOWA CITY — Iowa’s 20-17 loss to Ohio State likely cost them a chance to play in the Capital One Bowl this year,
David Korducki, a selection committee member for Florida Citrus Sports, said the Hawkeyes need to beat Minnesota next week and have a loss by either Michigan State, Ohio State or Wisconsin just to get into the conversation. The bowl cannot select a Big Ten team that has two conference losses more than an available team, according to its contract. Overall record does not have any bearing on the selection.
“They’re still a viable candidate, but a handful of things would have to happen,” said Korducki. “Right now if there is three 11-1 teams — that’s one scenario that could happen — there’s not even a choice that could be made. It would have to be an 11-1 team.
“If next week Ohio State, Michigan State or Wisconsin loses to go to two losses, conference losses, then it is still something that’s an option. At this juncture, certain things have to happen, and it’s not in their control entirely.”
Iowa (7-4, 4-3 Big Ten) also remains in play for the Outback Bowl, but it’s a competitive market. Three other Big Ten teams — Michigan, Penn State, Northwestern — also have seven wins. Any of those teams are available to the Outback Bowl.
“Next week, obviously you’ve got all of these teams that are 7-4 so you look at their overall body of work,” said Outback Bowl Chairman Mitch Schriber. “You look at how they did in the conference. This is our 25th game; this is a big game for us. We’ve had a great relationship with the Big Ten for so many years, we’ve had all of these teams in here. We’re going to be pleased with whatever team we take.”
Iowa has finished three seasons in the Outback Bowl three times under Coach Kirk Ferentz — 2003, 2006 and 2008.The next bowls in the Big Ten lineup are the Gator, followed by the Insight this year.