Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Iowa beats Boston College 27-20 to become 2017 Pinstripe Bowl Champions

Iowa senior RB #25 Akrum Wadley helps lead Iowa to a 27-20 win over Boston College in the Pinstripe Bowl.
The Iowa Hawkeyes (8-5) finish the 2017 College Football season with a 27-20 win over Boston College (7-6) in the Pinstripe Bowl in Yankee Stadium. Kirk Ferentz wins his 143rd game, as Iowa's head coach, tying him with Hayden Fry.

Kirk Ferentz ties Hayden Fry at 143 career wins, as head coach, with bowl win.

Bowl GameDay: Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Boston College Eagles in Yankee Stadium

The Pinstripe Bowl from Yankee Stadium kicks off at 4:15 CT on ESPN.
The Iowa Hawkeyes will square off against the Boston College Eagles.

Cedar Rapids, IA --- The Iowa Hawkeyes (7-5) will close out its 2017 College Football season against the Boston College Eagles (7-5) in Yankee Stadium in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, with a 4:15 CT kickoff on ESPN. The Big Ten-ACC teams square off as mirror images to an extent.

Both teams like the run the ball and control the line of scrimmage. Both teams have enjoyed forcing turnovers on their opponent.

Who wins the battle in the line of scrimmage and which team can exploit turnovers of their opponent is likely the team to come out of this one in Yankee Stadium with a win?

The Hawkeyes look to get first bowl win, since the 2010 season against Boston College.

A close game is expected in the Pinstripe Bowl. 

  • Iowa is a 2.5 favorite, as Hawkeyes-Eagles square off in New York City today for the first time in series history
  • This is Iowa's first game in  New York City in program history
  • Boston College played Penn State two seasons ago in Yankee Stadium at the Pinstripe


Boston College

Iowa kicks off the 2017-18 bowls for the Big Ten today, while Boston College is the 2nd ACC game for the bowl season, as Duke defeated Northern Illinois in Detroit in the Quick Lane Bowl.

Boston College opened the 2017 season with 23-20 win over Northern Illinois. Iowa will open the 2018 season hosting Northern Illinois.

Will this game be close or a blowout in Yankee Stadium?

Two former offensive line coaches lead their respective programs, as Boston College
is lead by Steve Addazio and the Iowa Hawkeyes are lead by the Dean of College Football,
Kirk Ferentz. Both have experience with one another, dating back to Ferentz's days in
the NFL, as an offensive line coach.
  • Iowa was blown out once in 2017, with a 38-14 loss at Wisconsin
  • Boston College was blown out at home in the ACC opener with a 34-10 loss to Wake Forest
  • Pinstripe Bowls often are down to the wire ...
We are calling it as a game down to the wire, with the Hawkeyes winning 17-16, but turnovers could play a huge role, so, this one could become one sided, as the games mentioned during the regular season.

Iowa plays similar to Wake Forest. But, can Iowa force the turnovers against Boston College, like Demon Deacons did.

Boston College's ground attack is lead by ACC offensive newcomer of the year
freshman RB #2 A.J. Dillon.
Boston College is lead by a young freshman running back. Wisconsin was, as well, lead by a young freshman running back. So, can Boston College #2 A.J. Dillon going in the run game, running off chunk yardage, against an Iowa team, with a seasoned defense?

Iowa is lead by senior all-American MLB #43 Josey Jewell.
Both teams have youth on the offensive side of the ball. It should be a good one from Yankee Stadium. Keep an eye on ...
  • the line of scrimmage and which team can gain the edge?
  • field position, how will the kicking game play today?
  • Who establishes the run?
  • Who plays more physical?
  • Who can force turnovers?