Iowa Hawkeyes headed back to Tampa for Outback Bowl

Tanya Simon
December 5, 2018

Amazingly, the Buckeyes are only 4 1/2-point favorites over the Huskies, but we'll see how that plays out in Pasadena - I'm not so sure I'd bet against Chris Petersen with a month to prepare for a big game. Despite their loss to the Buckeyes, NU will have an opportunity to win three straight bowl games for the first time in program history.

Iowa State and West Virginia both finished with eight wins, with the Cyclones going 8-4 and the Moutnaineers finishing 8-3, but it was the Cyclones who were chosen to represent the Big 12 in its first non-New Year's Six bowl. Instead, they ended up in the Valero Alamo Bowl against Iowa State.

The schools will be meeting for the 12th time, but the first since 2007.

It was announced on Sunday that the Bulldogs will make their first-ever appearance in the Outback Bowl in Tampa, Florida. It missed out in the 2015 season and past year, when Pac-12 teams combined to go 1-8 during bowl season. If he wants to improve to 2-0 in bowls, Campbell will have to guide his Cyclones past a Washington State team that until the last few weeks of the season was considered a contender for the College Football Playoff.

WSU's first loss of the season, a 39-36 defeat to USC, was marred by controversy after a blatant targeting hit on quarterback Gardner Minshew went uncalled deep in USC territory with less than three minutes remaining in the game.

Seven teams in total from the Pac-12 will play in a bowl game with Washington headlining the conference bids as the Huskies will play No. 6 Ohio State in the Rose Bowl on January 1.

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For Washington State (10-2), which finished at No. 13, "disappointed" Cougars athletic director Pat Chun pointed his finger at the selection committee's opinion of the Pac-12. "We couldn't be more excited about going down there".

The Hawkeyes started the season 6-1, but then lost three consecutive games knocking them out of the Big Ten Championship discussion.

"The air raid [comes from] this conference, so we'll see a lot of similarities in that, I'd say", Kempt said. "We came close a few times", Meyer said.

"Other than that I don't know anything".

Last Friday night for the longest time, I thought Washington and Utah might go to overtime tied 0-0.

The Washington State Cougars take the field against the Oregon State Beavers at Martin Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Pullman, Washington. "And no disrespect to the other bowl games, because they're awesome, but the Rose is the one we've always looked forward to".

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