IOWA CITY, Iowa (KTIV) — Iowa has won at least eight games each of the last four years. And while eight-win seasons might not jump off the page for a lot of Hawkeye fans, it’s better than losing.
After all, if you can end your season in a bowl game, it beats the alternative.
But this year, it will be a familiar sight for the Hawkeyes. Iowa will face No. 18 Mississippi State in the Outback Bowl, in Tampa, on New Year’s Day.
The Bulldogs are also 8-4.
This will be the third time in six years that the Hawks have played in the Outback Bowl. Each of the previous two resulted in losses – a 21-14 loss to LSU in 2013, followed by a 30-3 drubbing by Florida in 2016.
“Tampa’s a fun place to be,” said senior defensive end Parker Hesse. “We had a lot of fun, obviously the weather’s great down there. This year, we just want to come away with the victory. That’d be the only way to upgrade, those of us who were there in 2016.”
“A lot that probably went into the decision is just our losses being so close,” said senior defensive back Jake Gervase. “One-possession games that could have been different if one or two plays went our way, compared to the other way. It speaks volumes to the team that we have, and the season that we can have if we go out and get this final win.”
That Outback Bowl will be an 11:00 a.m. kickoff on New Year’s Day.