Iowa (7-5) and Boston College (7-5) face off in the eighth annual Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, December 27, 2017.
The Hawkeyes seek to end a five-game bowl losing streak. Iowa’s last bowl victory came in December 2010 with a 27-24 win against Missouri in the Insight Bowl. Boston College beat Maryland 36-30 last year in the Quick Lane Bowl.
This is the first meeting between the schools. Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz is one win shy of matching predecessor Hayden Fry on the program’s all-time victories list (143). Boston College defensive coordinator Jim Reid worked as Iowa’s linebackers coach from 2013 through 2015.
Iowa-Boston College game time, details in Pinstripe Bowl
Iowa and Boston College play at 5:15 p.m. ET/4:15 p.m. CT on Wednesday, Dec. 27.
- Time: 5:15 p.m. ET/4:15 p.m. CT kickoff
- Date: Wednesday, Dec. 27
- Location: Yankee Stadium, New York
- Weather: 22 degrees, mostly sunny with northwest winds of 14 mph
- The line: Iowa -2.5
What TV channel is showing Iowa-Boston College in Pinstripe Bowl?
ESPN televises the eighth Pinstripe Bowl — and first bowl between the Hawkeyes and Eagles. Kevin Negandhi is the play-by-play broadcaster while Mack Brown and Booger McFarland provide color. Jen Lada is the sideline reporter.
How can I watch Iowa-Boston College online?
ESPN3.com and the WatchESPN app provide live streaming of the game. Click here for more information.
How can I listen to Iowa-Boston College on the radio?
You can listen on Sirius/XM channel 80. For Iowa action, 600 AM (WMT-Cedar Rapids), 1040 AM (WHO-Des Moines) and 800 AM (KXIC-Iowa City) are the flagship radio stations. Gary Dolphin is the play-by-play broadcaster with Ed Podolak as the color analyst and Rob Brooks as the sideline reporter. Click here for other Iowa radio affiliates.
For Boston College radio coverage, Jon Meterparel (play-by-play), Pete Cronan (color analyst) and Scott Mutryn (sideline reporter) call the action for the BC IMG Radio Network. Boston College’s flagship station is 850 AM (WEEI-Boston). Click here for other Boston College radio affiliates.
On ESPN Radio, Kevin Winter (play-by-play), Jack Ford (color analyst) and Paul Carcaterra (sideline reporter) call the action. The TuneIn app also provides radio coverage.
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Iowa-Boston College preview
On a likely brutally cold day in the Bronx, both Iowa and Boston College will bring football teams that befit the style and image of a late afternoon in December.
Both teams like to smack their opponents with a physical style on offense. Boston College brings one of the nation’s best running backs in freshman A.J. Dillion, who rushed for 1,432 yards, 13 touchdowns and 119.3 yards per game this season. The Hawkeyes respond with senior Akrum Wadley, who finished with more than 1,000 yards for the second straight season.
Boston College boasts one of the better passing defenses in college football, allowing just 199.7 yards a game and intercepting 18 passes this season. Additionally, defensive end Zach Allen (14.5 tackles for loss, 5 sacks, 93 total tackles) is a skilled pass rusher.
But the Eagles rank No. 101 in defending the run at 198.4 yards allowed per game.
Iowa’s rushing attack was inconsistent this year. The Hawkeyes averaged just 142.4 yards per game on the ground, which ranked 93rd nationally. Season-ending injuries knocked out the team’s original starting tackles in Boone Myers and Ike Boettger, which hampered the team’s running efforts. Iowa was 7-0 when it ran for at least 100 yards and 0-5 when it didn’t. As a show of its inconsistency, Iowa rushed for 313 yards on Nebraska and only 19 at Michigan State.
Like Boston College, Iowa’s pass defense is a strength. The Hawkeyes allowed 213 yards per game but intercepted 19 passes. Cornerback Josh Jackson, a consensus All-American, picked off 7 passes and defended another 18. The Hawkeyes also are strong against the run, allowing 142.1 yards per game.
At quarterback, Iowa sophomore Nate Stanley has thrown for 25 touchdowns and only 6 interceptions. Boston College lost starter Anthony Brown in the 10th game and now relies on senior Darius Wade.
With winds whipping over the field from the northwest, this game could have a biting chill. Field position, turnovers and penalties could tip the outcome toward one team or the other.