Iowa, who beat both Michigan and Penn State, must be mightily annoyed that they are in a pre-Jan 1 Bowl game behind both teams.
The killer loss wasn't the loss at home to Wisconsin, or Arizona, or Ohio State. It was the horror losses against Northwestern and, er, Minnesota. Plus, Iowa doesn't travel as well as Penn State and Michigan, although there are admittedly a fair amount of snowbirds who would LOVE to travel down to Florida for a Jan. 1 game.
Anyway people, Iowa was struck recently by the fact that their best wide receiver, Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, has been charged by "keeping a drug house" (and in possession of quite a lot of them), which means that the No.12 Tigers will have to deal with a guy called Marvin McNutt and a strong running game.
The Tigers have had a good resume, beating Oklahoma at home in a great advertisement for college football before being blown away by Nebraska and losing to the world's most unpredictable team in Texas Tech.
This one, played in Arizona, will be a lot of fun.