I think both the Cyclones and Hawkeyes have to be happy, or at least not too upset, with their bowl destinations. I think they are both better than other alternatives in Detroit or Houston.
We'll have nearly a month to break down matchups, but on first glance it looks like OU should win and maybe win big. Still, for as much heat as Kirk Ferentz has gotten this year, his teams seemed to always be very well prepared for their bowl games. Mizzou and South Carolina also looked to be impossible going in as well in previous years. And much like last year, the staff has to know it will be a much easier offseason if they can get an 8th win against a solid bowl opponent.
I'm sure Cyclone fans (and probably the football players and staff) were hoping for the Holiday Bowl. Yes I know Iowa State had a tough schedule, but realistically you can't expect them to leap over Texas or Mizzou who they lost badly to in the regular season. Besides, I still think the Pinstripe Bowl should be exciting. Yes it will probably be cold, but New York is New York. Cue Sinatra and all that. It's a chance to experience one of the world's greatest cities and play in a fantastic venue. As a fan or player, if you can't go to a BCS bowl, that's really all you can ask for.
Now for the bad news-it's basically a home game for Rutgers. They've played in Yankee Stadium already once this year and should get a good contingent come from New Jersey. I'm sure Cyclone fans will travel well, but it still could look like a road game. Then again, perhaps it's the perfect way to end the year for Iowa State. They will probably be an underdog once again.
If you are a Hawk/Clone fan who is still grumbling about the destination, it could always be worse, signed-the Potato Bowl in Boise between Ohio and Utah State (cool name for a bowl though), any bowl game in Alabama, Little Caesers Bowl between Purdue and Western Michigan (in lovely Detroit), or the Fight Hunger Bowl in San Fran between Illinois & UCLA (or as I call it the "Interim Bowl").
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I guess if the Packers lost to one of their final four opponents (home for Oakland, Chicago, and Detroit and on the road at Kansas City) it wouldn't be the strangest thing to ever happen in football. But I think it will take an act of God or Aaron Rodgers having his arm amputated for that to happen. The Packers last real chance at a loss was in New York. The Giants have historically killed perfect seasons before (The 2007 Patriots in the Super Bowl and in 1998 they ended Denver's run at a perfect season), but Green Bay took their best shot and still came out celebrating. The Packers are a near lock to go 16-0, but until somebody actually gets to 19-0 its hard to say they will finish the deal. Anything can happen in the playoffs.