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Insight Bowl

Published on December 30, 2011 by   ·   No Comments

insight-bowl-logoThe Insight Bowl dates back to 1989. Back then the game was known as the Copper Bowl. It changed to the Insight.com bowl in 1997. The conference affiliation was originally to the Pac 10, then to the Big East and has finally settled (for now) into a Big 12 vs Big 10 matchup. (That’s weird, who’s the Big 10 and who’s the Big 12 now?)

This year’s matchup features the Iowa Hawkeyes (7-5) against the Oklahoma Sooners (9-3) which takes place on Friday, December 30 in Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. Kickoff for the games start at 10:00PM ET and can be watched on ESPN or listened to on ESPN Radio.

Another year, another Insight Bowl trip for the Iowa Hawkeyes. Last year, the 7-5 Hawkeyes played in this bowl game as a heavy underdog to the 10-2 Missouri Tigers. They ended up winning the game 27-24.

This year, they are again a double-digit underdog to a Big 12 team. Oklahoma started the season as the preseason #1 ranked team. However, they lost a surprise game to Texas Tech (who went on to finish 5-7) and also lost 2 of their last 3; this included a blowout loss to their in-state rivals OSU.

2011-insight-bowl

I feel the same way about this game that I felt last year. I think that Iowa is going to get blown out. However, Iowa is a team that you never want to sleep on. I remember them beating several teams in bowl games that they didn’t look like they belonged in on paper.

Oklahoma reached their high-water mark two times: after they blew out their arch-rivals Texas and after they blew out Kansas State. It’s been a downward slide since.

Iowa doesn’t appear to be a very impressive team. They blew a 10 point 4th quarter lead to Minnesota. But, they also silenced a potent Michigan offense.

Prediction

Even though Iowa is usually a good team once the bowl season gets underway, I still feel that Oklahoma is going to want to make a statement to set them up for next year.

I am predicting that the Sooners will win the game by the score of 37-14.


2010 Insight Bowl

Previous Bowl Results

This bowl has been a mismatch of sorts for the Big 10 as this is usually reserved for the 5th or 6th best Big 10 team (Minnesota was the opponent 3 times) against the 4th or 3rd best team from the Big 12. Not surprisingly, the Big 10 has gone 0-4 to the Big 12 in the Insight Bowl.

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Iowa has done well in bowl games of late. They had the miracle finish a couple of years ago against the LSU Tigers and usually do very well in bowl games. They beat Georgia Tech in last year’s Orange Bowl 24-14. Both teams were 10-2 coming into the game.

Missouri (8-4) lost in last year’s Texas Bowl 35-13 to Navy (10-3). They are 12-15 all time in bowl games.

Insight Bowl Breakdown

RecordsIowa: 7-5; Missouri: 10-2
All Time Bowl RecordIowa: 13-10-1; Missouri: 12-15
Key WinsIowa: Michigan State 37-6, Penn State 24-3, Michigan 38-28; Missouri: Oklahoma 36-27, Kansas State 38-28, Texas A&M 30-9
Key LossesIowa: Arizona 34-27, Wisconsin 31-30, Ohio State 20-17; Missouri: Nebraska 31-17, Texas Tech 24-17

Iowa has lost three straight games, including a perplexing one against lowly Minnesota in the last week of the season. If they had won that game, it would be Michigan on the chopping block for Missouri and not them. They always play teams tough including all three of the co-champions of the Big 10. But they haven’t been able to put things together lately and look like easy prey for Missouri.

The Tigers were momentarily the number 1 ranked team in the country after beating #1 Oklahoma on national TV. Then, they promptly lost two straight games but finished on a high note by winning their last three conference games. They finished tied for the lead in the North Division, but lost to Nebraska due to the game that they lost to them.

Points For/GameIowa: 29.1; Missouri: 30.3
Points Against/GameIowa: 16.4; Missouri: 15.2
Offensive Yards/GameIowa: 379; Missouri: 401

This game should focus a lot on the two teams defenses. They are ranked 6th and 7th overall in the nation and that’s no easy feat playing in the Big 10 or Big 12.

Iowa plays much better at home than it does on the road. They had all three of their games against the Big 10 elite at home. Their only impressive road win was against Michigan, which is not saying a whole lot. They have not played like a good team since beating MSU 37-6.

The same can be said for the Tigers who were only on the road for 4 games this year and lost 2 of them. But the quality wins and lack of struggling means that Missouri should have the edge in this game.

Prediction

Never count the Iowa Hawkeyes out of a game, ever. They have proven that they can play with just about any team in any conference. But not this year. Missouri is going to be too much for them to handle, especially since it’s been a full two months since the Hawkeyes have put forth a good game. That is why I’m predicting that Missouri wins by the score of 20-13.

Bowl Game Review

Now I’m starting to free fall after my great start. I think most people would have gotten this one wrong too. I should have listened to my own advice because Iowa can beat just about any team. I thought that Missouri was going to be too good; but you’re not going to win too many games when the other team has a RB go for more than 200 yards.

Missouri was actually up in the forth quarter, but made the only mistake late for either team by giving up a 72 yard interception return for a TD with less than 6 minutes left in the game. Couple that with Missouri’s inability to rush the football and we come out with a 27-24 win for Iowa.

2010 Bowl Record – 6-5

Highlights from Previous Insight Bowls

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