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Iowa football bowl projections with one week to go

Holiday, Outback are strongest possiblities

Iowa Hawkeyes offensive linemen Keegan Render (69) and Dalton Ferguson (76) carry the Heroes Trophy off the field after defeating the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City on Friday, November 23, 2018. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette
Iowa Hawkeyes offensive linemen Keegan Render (69) and Dalton Ferguson (76) carry the Heroes Trophy off the field after defeating the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City on Friday, November 23, 2018. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette

Don’t fret, Floridian Hawkeye fans. The Outback Bowl is still in play.

A trip to San Diego for the Holiday Bowl remains the destination most bowl projections have for Iowa, but a third visit to Tampa in six years for the Hawkeyes isn’t out of the question.

Iowa Athletics Director Gary Barta told reporters Tuesday night those are the top two options for the Hawkeyes.

Right now, Ohio State and Michigan appear to be in line for New Year’s Six bowls from the Big Ten, with Penn State currently ranked No. 12 and also in contention. Northwestern could get to the Rose Bowl by upsetting the Buckeyes in Saturday’s Big Ten championship game.

Iowa will learn its bowl fate Sunday, soon after the final College Football Playoff rankings are announced.

Bowl projections

Jerry Palm, CBS Sports: Redbox vs. Stanford

Mitch Sherman, ESPN: Holiday vs. Oregon

Kyle Bonagura, ESPN: Holiday vs. Utah

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Eric Single, Sports Illustrated: Holiday vs. Oregon

Bill Bender, Sporting News: Outback vs. Kentucky

Jason Kirk, SB Nation: Outback vs. Texas A&M

Brett McMurphy, Stadium: Holiday vs. Utah

Kerry Miller, Bleacher Report: Holiday vs. Oregon

Bowl information

SAN DIEGO COUNTY CREDIT UNION HOLIDAY BOWL

• Location: SDCCU Stadium; San Diego, Calif.

• Date: Dec. 31

• Time: 6 p.m.

• TV: FS1

OUTBACK BOWL

• Location: Raymond James Stadium; Tampa, Fla.

• Date: Jan. 1

• Time: 11 a.m.

• TV: ESPN2

REDBOX BOWL

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

• Date: Dec. 31

• Time: 2 p.m.

• TV: Fox

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