There are plenty of things going against the Iowa Hawkeyes as they prepare for Saturday’s Alamo Bowl game against Texas. Not only are the Hawkeye’s substantial underdogs but they will be playing what amounts to a road game.
Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz says they’re used to that after going to Florida for bowl games. Ferentz says Iowa will probably have 20-thousand in the stands and Texas the rest. He says it’ll be similar to when they played Texas Tech in the Alamo Bowl.
Ferentz says there is no magic formula to help them regain their form. He says they’ve just focused on improvement and that’s been their approach since the last ballgame of the season at Minnesota. He says that’ll be the same approach they’ll use next year as they try to get on that path that they somehow got off.
Tight end Scott Chandler says despite what happened at the end of the regular season the Hawkeyes have not lost confidence. Chandler says he hasn’t gone into a game in four years that he hasn’t thought they had a chance to win, and this one is no exception.
As a native of Texas, Chandler is happy to end his college career in his home state. He played his last high school game in the AlamoDome and will play his last college game there too. Chandler says it’s fun to go and play against Texas and see how they measure up.
Quarterback Drew Tate says having gone up against Ohio State and Michigan is good preparation for this game,as they’re probably the two elite teams in the country they’ve play. Tate says Wisconsin had a tough defense too that will help them against Texas.