ESPN's FPI predicts outcome of Iowa's Citrus Bowl appearance
Iowa is looking to keep its bowl streak rolling, facing Kentucky in the VRBO Citrus Bowl on New Year’s Day.
After a strong 6-2 campaign in the shortened 2020 season, the Hawkeyes kept things rolling right along in 2021. Despite some hard losses, Iowa captured the B1G West for the first time since 2015.
At 10-3 following the regular season, the Hawkeyes now have double-digit wins for the 2nd time in 3 seasons and for the 7th time overall under head coach Kirk Ferentz. Now, Ferentz will try to lead Iowa to a 4th straight bowl win. (Iowa is currently on a streak of 9 straight bowl-eligible seasons, but the 2020 Music City Bowl appearance was canceled.)
This time around, Iowa will get an SEC opponent with the Kentucky Wildcats. The 2 programs have yet to meet on the football field.
Heading into the game, ESPN’s Football Power Index is predicting a tight battle but with a narrow favorite. According to the FPI, the Hawkeyes have a 47.3% chance of coming away with the win.
Can Iowa set the longest bowl winning streak in program history with its 11th win of the season, or will it be a finish to the season with a bit of disappointment on the losing side of things? The New Year’s Day kickoff is set for 1 pm EST on ABC.