Iowa: Here's some advice from the Capital One
Bowl for Iowa fans thinking about reserving flights to Orlando:
Although the official announcement won't be made until Tuesday,
Iowa is expected to be the Big Ten team in the game Jan. 1. A bowl
representative said fans who have made flight reservations and
bought tickets are not wasting their money.
"I can't say for sure, but I wouldn't be afraid to," Jack
Oppenheimer said Monday.
Now consider this: What if Iowa State played in Orlando, too?
The group that runs the Capital One Bowl, Florida Citrus Sports,
also operates the Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando on Dec. 21, and
Oppenheimer said Iowa State would be an enticing team for that
"It would make a very interesting scenario to have both Iowa
teams here," he said. "But we don't think they'd be available. We
pick seventh from the Big 12 and we don't expect Iowa State to drop
all the way to seven."
Navy: Navy accepted an invitation to the Emerald
Bowl, putting the Midshipmen in the postseason in consecutive years
for just the second time in school history.
Navy (8-2) will play either New Mexico (7-4) or Wyoming (6-5) of
the Mountain West Conference, athletic director Chet Gladchuk said
It will be Navy's 11th bowl appearance. The Middies lost to
Texas Tech in last season's Houston Bowl.
"These young men have earned this through their dedication in
the weight room and on the practice field," third-year coach Paul
Johnson said in a statement.
A victory over Army (2-8) on Dec. 4 would give Navy nine
regular-season wins for the first time since 1963.
The Emerald Bowl, which pays $750,000 per team, invited Navy
after Emerald Bowl Executive Director Gary Cavalli met Sunday with
Gladchuk met with representatives from the Motor City, Houston,
Champs Sports, Liberty and Emerald bowls after they attended Navy's
54-21 victory Saturday over Rutgers.
Iowa State: If Iowa State makes the Big 12 Conference
title game then loses to fall to 6-6, the Cyclones would still be
eligible for a bowl game even though they would only have five
victories against Division I-A opponents.
An NCAA panel decided Monday to make an exception to the rule
that bowl teams must have at least six wins against Division I-A
opponents, saying the decision will help the Big 12 fulfill its
contract with eight bowl games.
The decision was necessitated because of the unusual weakness in
the Big 12 North division this year. Colorado (6-4, 3-4 Big 12) and
Iowa State (6-4, 4-3) each enter this week's games with a chance to
play No. 2 Oklahoma in the Big 12 title game in Kansas City.
Colorado goes with a victory over Nebraska combined with an Iowa
State loss to Missouri. Iowa State goes with a win over Missouri or
a Colorado loss.
If both teams lose, Iowa State would make the title game at 6-5,
but would still need a victory over the Sooners to reach six wins
against Division I-A competition. The Cyclones defeated Division
I-AA Northern Iowa in their season opener.
That forced the NCAA to make the unusual ruling -- a one-year
waiver that will guarantee the Cyclones a bowl bid and keep the Big
12 from facing the awkward predicament of having a team play in its
title game and then be ineligible for a bowl.