Music City Bowl flirting with Iowa; C.J. Beathard out as 49ers’ starting QB

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Mutual interest

Iowa wants to go to the Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tenn. The Music City Bowl wants Iowa. It could be an ideal postseason match. Land of 10 talked with Music City Bowl president Scott Ramsey, who confirmed the Hawkeyes are one of three Big Ten teams the bowl is considering.

False start

The Hawkeyes don’t know their bowl destination yet, but the athletic department listed Music City Bowl tickets for sale on its website on Tuesday. The link was removed hours after being posted. Is this a sign of Iowa’s bowl destination? Probably not.


Former Iowa quarterback C.J. Beathard is no longer the San Francisco 49ers starter. Coach Kyle Shanahan announced the decision on Tuesday. Really it was only a matter of time before the team turned to midseason acquisition and quarterback of the future Jimmy Garoppolo.

Passing on another year

A medical redshirt was possible when James Butler dislocated his elbow in the third game of the season. After a conversation with coach Kirk Ferentz, the running back decided against it. Butler explains why he passed on a potential sixth-year of eligibility in this Land of 10 story.

Youth is served

Iowa cornerback Matt Hankins and safety Geno Stone are both freshman. Each saw extensive playing time against Nebraska last week. Land of 10 breaks down why each played well enough to start the bowl game. Here’s a hint: It involves going back to the basics.

Walk-on wonders

The Hawkeyes added a pair of Iowa Western Community College walk-on linebackers in Nick Anderson and Colton Dinsdale on Tuesday. Rob Howe of has the details.

Awards time

Cornerback Josh Jackson took home the Jack Tatum Award, given to the nation’s top defensive back. Also, linebacker Josey Jewell and Jackson earned first-team All-Big Ten  honors while defensive end Anthony Nelson made the third-team.

Not pretty

The Iowa men’s basketball team lost to Virginia Tech 79-55 on Tuesday. Yes, it was that bad.

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