Big Ten lunchtime links: Iowa could move up bowl order

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Happy pre-Turkey Day. Safe travels if you're heading somewhere for the holiday.

  • Despite an inferior record, Iowa could jump Northwestern and possibly Michigan State in the bowl pecking order because of its large traveling fan base, Mike Hlas writes in The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette.

"But no matter how the Civil War turns out, a Midwestern battle will then take place on the battlegrounds of Florida. Which will get the highest bowl available to it, Iowa or Michigan State? Iowa or Northwestern?

And why would those two questions even be asked when Michigan State and Northwestern went 9-3 and defeated the 8-4 Hawkeyes? You know why. Cold, hard Iowa cash. The Hawkeyes might not bring prestige to a bowl game and don't add eyeballs from around the nation to national telecasts. But they deliver fans to bowls."