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Iowa football bowl projections ahead of final regular-season game

Holiday Bowl is popular pick for Hawkeyes

Iowa Hawkeyes running back Toren Young (28) gets around the end on a 14-yard touchdown run as fullback Joe Ludwig (45) looks to block during the fourth quarter of their college football game at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill. on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
Iowa Hawkeyes running back Toren Young (28) gets around the end on a 14-yard touchdown run as fullback Joe Ludwig (45) looks to block during the fourth quarter of their college football game at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill. on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

If you’re hoping a Holiday Bowl appearance is on the Hawkeyes’ New Year’s Eve agenda this year, you’ll like the look of this week’s bowl projections.

Seven of the eight prognosticators below peg Iowa for a bowl trip to San Diego for the first time since tying BYU 13-13 in 1991.

Washington is the most common opponent predicted. The Huskies can still qualify for a spot in the Pac-12 title game if they beat Washington State at 7:30 p.m. CT Friday.

The other possible opponent listed, Utah, has already clinched the Pac-12 South.

Iowa (7-4, 4-4) hosts Nebraska (4-7, 3-5) at 11 a.m. Friday.

Bowl projections

Jerry Palm, CBS Sports: Holiday vs. Washington

Mitch Sherman, ESPN: Holiday vs. Utah

Kyle Bonagura, ESPN: Holiday vs. Washington

Eric Single, Sports Illustrated: Holiday vs. Washington

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Bill Bender, Sporting News: Holiday vs. Washington

Jason Kirk, SB Nation: Holiday vs. Utah

Brett McMurphy, Stadium: Redbox vs. Oregon

Joe Tansey, Bleacher Report: Holiday vs. Washington

Bowl information

SAN DIEGO COUNTY CREDIT UNION HOLIDAY BOWL

• Location: SDCCU Stadium; San Diego, Calif.

• Date: Dec. 31

• Time: 6 p.m.

• TV: FS1

REDBOX BOWL

• Location: Levi’s Stadium; Santa Clara, Calif.

• Date: Dec. 31

• Time: 2 p.m.

• TV: Fox

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