The Iowa football team is preparing to resume activities on Saturday, according to a report from ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg. The news comes just a few days before the Hawkeyes are set to take on Missouri in the Music City Bowl.

Just five days ago, Iowa hit the pause button on all team-related activities after experiencing an increase in positive COVID-19 cases. While the program halted workouts and practices temporarily, head coach Kirk Ferentz said his team still wanted to compete in the postseason game against Mizzou.

“Late this afternoon I met with our Player Leadership Group and they overwhelmingly want to play in the bowl game,” Ferentz said via release. “We will continue to prepare and put our game plan together for the TransPerfect Music City Bowl using the technology available. While our first priority is the health and safety of our players and staff, our goal is to play and compete on Dec. 30.”


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Iowa will have just a few days to prepare for the Tigers. The Hawkeyes are scheduled to play Missouri in the Music City Bowl on Wednesday, with kickoff coming at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN.

The Hawkeyes are No. 15 in the College Football Playoff rankings after finishing the B1G season with a 6-2 record. Iowa has not lost since the second week of the B1G season. Missouri  enters the contest with a 5-5 mark and lost its final two games to Georgia and Mississippi State.