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So let’s get to it. Here is your Wake-Up Call for Monday, Dec. 5.
First team to 20 points wins
Jaleel Johnson can see it. The perfect ending to the Outback Bowl, this season and his career.
“If we can get a blowout, that would be good,” Johnson said.
He also knows turning his vision into a reality is unlikely. One look at Florida’s stats told him as much. Neither team allows enough points for it to happen.
“That won’t be the case,” the defensive tackle said.
The Hawkeyes learned they’d travel to Florida for the Outback Bowl on Sunday, where the Florida Gators will be waiting. Both teams will bring strong defenses into the Jan. 2 contest.
The quick analysis is points will be hard to come by. Florida held eight opponents to 14 points or less. Only one of Iowa’s last five opponents scored more than two touchdowns.
“Looking at it statistically, it looks like it’s going to be 6-3,” Ferentz said.
He joked that this all means a shootout is coming. The odds aren’t high one will break out. Neither offense would be classified as high scoring. Unless the opponent is Alabama, Florida seems immune to giving up touchdowns.
No, Johnson’s blowout doesn’t seem likely. But this could be the second-best thing for a him — a bowl game where the defense gets to flex its muscle.
“There really is no better situation to be in,” Johnson said.
Outback Bowl tickets
Fans looking to make the trek to Tampa for the bowl game can purchase tickets through the University by clicking here.
Tickets cost $80 per seat. Champion Hawk, Kinnick Society, and Kinnick Society Gold I-Club members also have the option of purchasing $160 club seats. There is a limit of 10 tickets. Distribution will be based on priority points if requests exceed Iowa’s ticket allocation.
Students can purchase tickets here and there is a 10-ticket limit.
Throwing some shade
Former Iowa linebacker Chad Greenway took to Twitter to congrats the Hawkeyes on the Outback Bowl berth.
— Chad Greenway (@chadgreenway52) December 4, 2016
Florida beat Iowa 31-24 in the 2006 Outback Bowl. The Hawkeyes recovered an onside kick only to see it negated by an offsides penalty. The play still sticks with Greenway more than a decade later.
Why? Because it doesn’t look like anyone was offsides.
— Geoff David (@gimes15) December 4, 2016
Former Hawkeyes in the NFL
Officially, Houston and Green Bay was Week 13 NFL contest. Unofficially, it was the Iowa bowl. Four former Hawkeyes are on both rosters.
Houston tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz led the team with 6 receptions for 44 yards. The result? Green Bay defensive back Micah Hyde spent plenty of time chasing Fiedorowicz.
Micah Hyde just tackled CJ Fiedorowicz, who's caught three straight passes. It's like an Iowa practice in Lambeau.
— marcmorehouse (@marcmorehouse) December 4, 2016
Hyde recorded 3 tackles and 1 assisted tackle. Also, defensive lineman Mike Daniels and offensive lineman Bryan Bulaga are on the Green Bay roster. Bulaga was inactive on Sunday.
Defensive lineman Justin Babineaux had 1 tackle and 1 assisted tackle for Atlanta in a 29-28 loss to Kansas City.
On Thursday, linebacker Anthony Hitchens recorded 6 tackles, 4 assisted tackles and 1 sack as Dallas beat Minnesota, 17-15. Linebacker Chad Greenway finished with 2 tackles and 1 assisted tackle for the Vikings.
Before bowl (and playoff) madness overtook Sunday, the final regular season polls were released. Iowa is ranked No. 21 by the Associated Press and No. 25 in the coaches poll.
Individual ballots are revealed for the first time this week. Big Ten coaches tended to rank Iowa higher than coaches around the rest of the country.
How B1G coaches voted Iowa in final poll: Mike Riley 22, Urban Meyer 25, James Franklin 20, DJ Durkin 24, Paul Chryst 21.
— Chad Leistikow (@ChadLeistikow) December 4, 2016
It’s not a surprise. Coaches are more familiar with teams in their conference.