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College Sports

Bowl game matchups set for Hawks, Cyclones

The Iowa and Iowa State football programs are going bowling this season, and the games and matchups for both teams were announced Sunday afternoon.

The Cyclones will face No. 12 Washington State (10-2, 7-2 Pac-12) on Dec. 28 at 8 p.m. ESPN will broadcast the game.

The Hawkeyes take on No. 18 Mississippi State in the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1. Kickoff is scheduled for 11 a.m. The game will be televised by ESPN2 from Raymond James Stadium.

The Cyclones finished the regular season with an 8-4 record and a 6-3 mark in Big 12 play, breaking the school record for conference victories in a season while recording their best conference finish in 40 years.

The Cyclones rattled off five-straight conference wins in a season for the first time in school history, including wins over two ranked teams (No. 25 Oklahoma State, No. 6 West Virginia). The win over West Virginia was ISU’s third over top-six team in the last two seasons.

It will be Iowa State’s first-ever appearance in the Valero Alamo Bowl, which was established in 1993.

Iowa State has an all-time record of 4-9 in bowl games. Third-year head coach Matt Campbell, who was named the 2018 Big 12 Conference Co-Coach of the Year, led the Cyclones to a 21-20 win over No. 19 Memphis in last season’s AutoZone Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tenn.

The Hawkeyes are making their 32nd bowl game appearance, and their sixth appearance at the Outback Bowl. Iowa has posted a 15-15-1 record in 31 previous bowl games, including a 2-3 mark at the Outback Bowl.

Iowa defeated Florida in 2004, lost to Florida in 2006, defeated South Carolina in 2009, lost to LSU in 2014, and lost to Florida in 2017.

This will be the first meeting between Iowa and Mississippi State. The Bulldogs are 8-4, including a 4-4 record in the SEC, fourth in the SEC West. The Hawkeyes are 11-14 all-time against members of the SEC. 

Iowa announced Friday that junior tight end Noah Fant will forego his remaining eligibility and declare for the 2019 NFL Draft. He will not play in Iowa’s upcoming bowl game.

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