Iowa locks in New Year's Six bowl berth
Iowa is in.
Ok, maybe it’s not the “in” Hawkeye fans were hoping for. But Iowa should be in the New Year’s Six picture despite Saturday night’s loss.
The Hawkeyes fended off Ohio State with their showing in the B1G Championship on Saturday night. Despite the fact that Iowa suffered its first defeat, it impressed the College Football Playoff committee enough to hold true in the top five of the final poll.
Iowa earned the No. 5 spot while Ohio State came in at No. 7. More importantly, the Hawkeyes are going to the Rose Bowl.
They’ll take on Stanford on New Year’s Day while Ohio State will go to the Fiesta Bowl and take on Notre Dame.
It will be the first time since 1990 that Iowa will play in the New Year’s Day classic.
Iowa will play in its first official New Year’s Six bowl for the first time in the event’s brief history. It will also mark the first time in which Iowa would play in a top-level bowl since the 2009 Orange Bowl season.
Kirk Ferentz’s team earned its first 12-0 start in school history, which was the first time in over 90 years that the Hawkeyes finished the regular season unbeaten.
Iowa wasn’t able to earn its first College Football Playoff berth, a spot which Michigan State officially earned on Sunday. The Hawkeyes were one of 10 B1G teams that are expected to go bowling.