Iowa, crazy as it may seem, has a pathway to the College Football Playoff.

During a radio hit on SiriusXM on Thursday, former Ohio State linebacker Bobby Carpenter and former LSU fullback Jacob Hester discussed the possibility of the Hawkeyes doing the impossible and being considered for the CFP.

“With the worst offense in college football history, will Iowa go 11-1 and win the B1G West and still be unranked,” asked Carpenter.


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“Missouri’s punter had more passing yards than Iowa’s quarterback (last week), ” Hester chimed in.

“There is a very real shot of them being 11-1,” said Carpenter. “Hester, they’re going to Indianapolis.”

The Hawkeyes are sitting at 6-1, even while sporting the No. 133 total offense in the nation, which is dead last in the FBS. The team has four more home games and only one road game left. Only one of those games is against a team with multiple conference victories at this point in the season.

With the Hawkeyes in a strong position to win the B1G West — they beat Wisconsin 15-6 in a crucial spot last week — a trip to the conference title game seems inevitable. Should the Hawkeyes get to Indianapolis, they would theoretically be just one more win away from the Playoff.

“This is not a beauty contest,” Hester said. “We are judged off winning and losing. It could be ugly. In fact, it’s probably going to be ugly.”