Dec. 5, 2009
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa football team is three practices into its bowl preparation and the Hawkeyes still don’t know an opponent or a site for their anticipated early-January contest.
All that will change Sunday when the bowl pairings are announced.
“Having gone 10-2 and having a pretty good season, that has put us in a select group of two or three bowls that are top-notch,” said UI linebacker A.J. Edds following Saturday’s two-hour practice. “Coach (Kirk Ferentz) is right when he says that any bowl we go to is going to be a great bowl at a great venue and we’ll play a great team and it will be a great experience if we handle it the right way.”
The last time out, Edds was on the receiving end of a game-changing play during a 12-0 victory against Minnesota. With less than four minutes to play in the first half, Edds intercepted a pass from MarQueis Gray, setting up the game’s only touchdown. Edds, an outside linebacker, is fourth among the Hawkeyes with 73 tackles (4 ½ tackles for loss, four interceptions).
Sunday will be a time of waiting for Edds and the Hawkeyes; the team has been given the day off from practice.
“We’ll just kind of sit around, watch some TV, relax and kick our feet back a little bit, wait and keep our fingers crossed,” Edds said. “We know that whatever bowl we go to will be a great destination, so we’ll sit back and find out later in the afternoon.”
As in years past, Iowa has three practices under its belt before knowing for sure what bowl it will attend.
“It’s always good to get the cobwebs out and get back out there. We watched the Minnesota film (from Nov. 21) and cleaned up some mistakes from that,” Edds said. “Right now it’s similar to spring ball. We don’t know who we’re playing and we don’t know when we’re playing. It will be good to get a destination and a team and a date so we can target in on what we need to do and when we need to have the work done by.”
All that will change Sunday.
Iowa is a serious contender to receive a Bowl Championship Series berth that will be announced Sunday, Dec. 6. The Hawkeyes are No. 9 in the latest BCS poll, ninth in the Associated Press poll and rated No. 10 by USA Today.
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Last season the Hawkeyes defeated South Carolina, 31-10, in the Outback Bowl.