Iowa Hawkeyes Will Be Going Bowling

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The Iowa Hawkeyes today got a crucial win in their quest to get a bowl invitation. Barring a severe meltdown from this point forward, the Hawkeyes will win at least six games and make a return to the list of teams playing in a December bowl game.

The Hawkeyes, now 5-3 overall and 2-2 in Big Ten play, have a schedule that lends itself well to getting to the six-win plateau and perhaps beyond if Iowa can execute.

A home game against the Wisconsin Badgers is next up for the Hawkeyes. While Wisconsin will be favored in the game, Iowa plays a very similar style of football and will compete with the Badgers.

Up next for the Hawkeyes will be the most winnable game left on their schedule, a trip out to West Lafayette to take on the Purdue Boilermakers. Purdue is arguably the worst team in the Big Ten and Iowa not coming out of Purdue with that road win would be a huge blow to the Hawkeyes’ confidence heading into the final two weeks of the season.

A home game against Michigan and the annual Heroes Game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers, this year in Lincoln, are the final two dates for Iowa. While the Hawkeyes will probably not be favored in either, neither game represents a contest that Iowa couldn’t win with proper execution and a few fortunate bounces of the ball.

Getting today’s win over the Northwestern Wildcats was a huge step for the Hawkeyes in their quest to return to a bowl game this season. They’ve put themselves in a position where if they just take care of business at Purdue, any wins above that will just be improving their standing.

Derek Helling is a writer for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter, “like” him on Facebook and add him on Google+.

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