Oklahoma Sooners To Face Iowa Hawkeyes in Insight Bowl

Billy RayCorrespondent IDecember 4, 2011

NORMAN, OK - NOVEMBER 26:  A member of the Oklahoma Sooners spirit squad celebrates a field goal in the second half against the Iowa State Cyclones on October 26, 2011 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated Iowa State 26-6. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)
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It is now official.

The preseason No. 1 Oklahoma Sooners will play head coach Bob Stoops' alma mater, the University of Iowa, to end the year.

In what has to rank as its most disappointing season, a Sooners team that started its schedule back in September with dreams of another national championship will end up in the Insight Bowl on December 30th against the 7-5 Hawkeyes.

Such is the destination for teams that finish in fourth place in the Big 12 conference.

The silver lining for the Sooners is that they will have a decided edge in talent against their Big Ten opponent. This is, after all, an Iowa team that lost to Minnesota back on October 29th.

However, given Oklahoma's tendency to play down to their level of competition, this may not work to the Sooners' advantage.

While Iowa lost to the Gophers, Oklahoma can counter with a home-field loss to a Texas Tech squad that did not record a victory for the remainder of the season.

If Coach Stoops and his staff couldn't get this team to show up for Bedlam against rival Oklahoma State with another Big 12 championship and a BCS berth on the line, it is highly questionable that they can be motivated to play an inferior opponent in a minor bowl game.

Ending the year with another bowl-game loss after such high expectations will make for a very long offseason for both the program and fans alike.