Washington, IA – With the high school season set to get started back up on Tuesday next week, today is a big day for the college boys in the state of Iowa as the Cyclones and Hawkeyes get set for bowl appearances today. We heard from one of our local products on Wednesday’s PM Sports Page when former Mid Prairie standout and current Iowa Hawkeye safety Tanner Miller joined us.
Iowa State, however, starts the day off with a 2:20 kickoff in the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium against Rutgers. The Cyclones look for their seventh win and just their second winning season in the last six years, although of their six losses this year, five came against ranked teams.
Tonight at 9:00, the Iowa Hawkeyes square off against Oklahoma in the familiar Insight Bowl at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. AP’s preseason No. 1 team Oklahoma could finish outside the Top-25 for the second time in three years with a loss to Iowa. The Hawkeyes look for their second-straight Insight Bowl win over a ranked Big 12 team and extend their school record bowl win-streak to four games. Hawkeye safety Tanner Miller says turning this game against the Sooners into a physical battle will be key.
“The biggest key for us is to make it a physical football game. The Big 12 is more of a speed-type conference, and take the Big 10, it’s more of a physical-type conference so it’s gonna be a great matchup. For us to have success we’re gonna have to win up front, win in the trenches, and make it a physical football game and hopefully wear them down throughout the whole 60 minutes.”
Iowa would finish the season 8-5 with a win.