On Saturday, Nov. 5, the Iowa Hawkeyes accomplished an historical first. They beat the Michigan Wolverines three times in a row.
But even more than that, the Hawks, with red, white and blue tigerhawks emblazoned on their helmets, won one for America.
With the win, a big sigh of relief escaped Iowa City. This was because after last week's embarrassing loss to Minnesota, there seemed to be a very real possibility that the Hawkeyes would go 0-5 to end the season, which would leave them at home for the holidays.
This, Iowa's sixth win, secured them bowl eligibility, though it is important to note it did not guarantee them a bowl bid.
With that said, there are a few important items to note before projecting where the Hawks might end up this bowl season.
First of all, the Big Ten is currently unlikely to secure two BCS bowl bids. All of the seven-plus-win teams—Penn State, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Nebraska and Michigan—have a shot if they win out, but most of them play each other to end the season and will knock each other off. In effect, I'm moving forward assuming the Big Ten will only send one team to the BCS.
Secondly, my opinion is that the Big Ten will have 10 bowl-eligible teams, but two of them will be 6-6 and left out of Big Ten bowls, hoping an at-large spot opens up.
It is unlikely this will apply to Iowa, as the Hawks are an attractive football program, but one never knows.