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Iowa looked very good in Thursday’s Outback Bowl. This was a team that certainly got better as the year went on and finished the season on a fantastic 4 game winning streak. Of course a person can play the “what if” game with regards to the 4 games that Iowa lost by a combined total of 12 points. So close, and yet so far.
While the Hawkeyes do lose King, Kroul, Greene (no surprise with that annoucement) and others, this is still a pretty young team that will have high(er) expectations in the fall of 2009. It seems that recent Iowa teams have done better when the expectations were lower (such as prior to 2008).
The Outback Bowl was a well run bowl from my standpoint. For the most part everything that the media needed to get to was located in a pretty small area (with the exception of the Beach Day) which makes it easier when trying to cover almost all of the events.
Raymond James Stadium is a very nice stadium. Probably not quite as nice as another place Iowa played this year, Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, but very nice. The exterior doesn’t look quite as nice as Heinz, and the location isn’t as scenic either, but it’s a top of the line facility (which is why it hosts the Super Bowl in less than a month!). You have to give them credit for the pirate ship at the north end of the stadium, that certainly makes Raymond James unique.
I was out on the field prior to the game and the field was in decent, but not great condition. Not only do the Tampa Bay Bucs play there, but so do the University of South Florida Bulls. I would expect that they will rip out all of the grass and replace the field prior to the Super Bowl.
It’s always fun working a bowl game with John Campbell. He’s been to many of them and knows how to make TV9’s coverage include everything that’s important, and how to make that coverage unique!
Iowa’s trip to the 2009 Outback Bowl, a dominant team performance in the bowl, and the conclusion of one of the greatest individual performances any Hawkeye has had in a single season.