What needs to happen for Iowa to attend fans’ preferred bowl game

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ANSWER: When Iowa lost its final home game to Purdue and it appeared the Hawkeyes no longer were first in line for the Holiday Bowl, fans targeted the Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tenn., as their preferred bowl destination.

The Hawkeyes never have competed in a bowl game within a reasonable driving distance, so the prospect of a 9-hour car ride is palatable, especially when compared with a more expensive flight. Plus, Nashville has the amenities that many Iowa fans enjoy, from country music to, well, their beverages of choice.

In the past, this type of arrangement might get a quick wink and both sides could plan for it. Well, it’s not that easy. Everything has to line up for it to work. The Music City Bowl selects after the Holiday Bowl, and the Pinstripe Bowl follows both bowls. If Northwestern remains available for the Music City, it’s likely the Wildcats head to Nashville because they competed in the Pinstripe Bowl last year. But perhaps the most likely way for Iowa to reach the Music City Bowl is the most logical route.

As it stands, Wisconsin, Ohio State and Penn State are set to compete in New Year’s Six bowls. If Wisconsin beats Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game, then the Badgers will play in the College Football Playoff. If Ohio State and Penn State play in the Cotton, Fiesta or Peach bowls — and not the Orange Bowl — the Big Ten keeps its Citrus Bowl slot. If a Big Ten team plays in the Orange Bowl, the league loses its Citrus Bowl slot. That means some combination of Michigan, Michigan State and Northwestern are in line to play in the Citrus, Outback and Holiday bowls. The Music City Bowl has the next selection, and Iowa probably earns that bid over Purdue.

Now if Ohio State loses badly and falls out of the New Year’s Six bowls or Penn State competes in the Orange Bowl, then every team is pushed down a slot or two. That could mean Iowa heads to the Pinstripe Bowl. If Ohio State beats Wisconsin and lands in the College Football Playoff, then an Iowa bid for the Music City Bowl remains solid. However if Ohio State wins and Alabama edges the Buckeyes for a playoff spot, then Wisconsin probably plays in the Orange Bowl.

It’s a complicated scenario that officially won’t be determined until Sunday afternoon. But Iowa fans wanting a trip to Nashville should root for Wisconsin to win a competitive game, and no Big Ten team to compete in the Orange Bowl.

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