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How are things, Kirk Ferentz?
Yes, we've mentioned five teams in the conference so far—four of whom went to bowls in 2011—and staying home come bowl season is either a serious possibility or an NCAA mandate for all of them. The Big Ten, everybody!
The Iowa Hawkeyes have looked purely incompetent thus far (not a normal look for this program) in a 2-2 start, and although Iowa's reputation says it'll improve as the Big Ten season goes on, one still has to wonder where the wins will come from. Every other Legends Division team has looked substantially better, and if Central Michigan can come into Kinnick and steal a win, then a road game with Indiana is hardly a gimme.
The only thing Iowa has going for it is a sterling bowl reputation, one that let the Hawkeyes sneak into the Alamo Bowl (the fourth Big Ten bowl affiliate at the time) at 6-6 (2-6) in 2006. Two straight trips to the Insight Bowl (now the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl) probably preclude the Hawkeyes from making a third straight trip to Tempe, but the Gator Bowl shares the fourth and fifth pick with the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, so there's a remote possibility of some wheeling and dealing there.
Yes, it'd be weird to see Iowa in the Gator Bowl against the SEC's sixth-best team (that would be a bloodbath), the fact remains that all Iowa needs is six wins to get bowl committees hot and bothered all over again.
The six wins need to happen first, though.
Possibilities: Gator Bowl, Meineke Car Care Bowl, TicketCity.com Bowl, Little Caesar's Bowl, Staycation