On the Line | Daily Iowan football staff picks Citrus Bowl, other postseason games

DI staff members picked the Iowa-Kentucky Citrus Bowl, as well as other matchups from bowl season.


Grace Smith

Iowa enters the field before the Big Ten Championship game between No. 13 Iowa and No. 2 Michigan at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. Iowa last appeared in the Big Ten Championship in 2015 where the Hawkeyes were defeated by Michigan State.The Wolverines became Big Ten Champions after defeating the Hawkeyes, 42-3.

DI Staff

The Daily Iowan football staff picked 10 bowl games, including the Iowa-Kentucky Citrus Bowl, to wrap up this season of On the Line. Check out everyone’s game picks below.

Citrus Bowl: No. 15 Iowa vs. No. 22 Kentucky

Robert Read, Pregame Editor (38-27): Kentucky — Iowa’s offense is not good, son.

Austin Hanson, Sports Editor (41-24): Kentucky — Iowa State’s opponent is cooler than Iowa’s.

Chloe Peterson, Assistant Sports Editor (35-30): Kentucky — Why not, ya know?

Chris Werner, Football Reporter (33-32): Kentucky — I finally did it.

Destinee Cook, DITV Sports Director (35-30): Iowa — Even with no offense, they will beat Kentucky.

John Bohnenkamp, Sports Writing Coach (40-25): Iowa — Won’t make a backup QB joke here.

Jason Brummond, Publisher (44-21): Iowa — Hawkeyes (need to) break out all of their offensive tricks.

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Cheez-It Bowl: No. 19 Clemson vs. Iowa State

Read: Iowa State — Can’t wait for the Matt Campbell Cheez-It bath.

Hanson: Iowa State — Iowa State’s opponent is cooler than Iowa’s.

Peterson: Clemson — I’m just here for Prince Cheddward.

Werner: Iowa State — I like Cheez-Its.

Cook: Clemson — I like Clemson. No reason why.

Bohnenkamp: Clemson — Won’t make an “Orlando will be out of Busch Light” joke here.

Brummond: Clemson — Cyclones should celebrate this winning season.

Alamo Bowl: No. 14 Oregon vs. No. 16 Oklahoma

Read: Oklahoma — What a luxury to have Bob Stoops on retainer.

Hanson: Oklahoma — Good riddance, Rattler.

Peterson: Oregon — “I’m not going to be the next head coach at LSU.” – Lincoln Riley.

Werner: Oklahoma — I picked Oregon last week. Didn’t go well.

Cook: Oklahoma — Lincoln Riley, you will not be missed.

Bohnenkamp: Oklahoma — Two teams who lost their coach. I will make that joke.

Brummond: Oklahoma — Looking for homes in Norman? Contact USC.

Peach Bowl: No. 12 Pittsburgh vs. No. 10 Michigan State

Read: Michigan State — I hope Kenny Pickett plays in this game.

Hanson: Michigan State — No Heisman for Kenny Pick-off.

Peterson: Pittsburgh — This matchup would be ~peachy~.

Werner: Pittsburgh — Kenny Pickett for Heisman.

Cook: Michigan State — Justice for Kenneth Walker III.

Bohnenkamp: Michigan State — Mel Tucker will get an even newer contract.

Brummond: Pittsburgh — Pickett’s fake slide seals the win.

Gator Bowl: No. 17 Wake Forest vs. No. 25 Texas A&M

Read: Texas A&M — Exactly the type of game Jimbo Fisher is being paid to be in.

Hanson: Texas A&M — Wake Forest isn’t known for sports.

Peterson: Wake Forest — I think you could find gators more in a forest than in Texas.

Werner: Wake Forest — Sam Hartman for Heisman.

Cook: Texas A&M — Remember when A&M beat Bama? That was cool.

Bohnenkamp: Wake Forest — Did anyone watch the ACC Championship Game?

Brummond: Texas A&M — ACC just skipped to basketball season this year.

Cotton Bowl (College Football Playoff): No. 4 Cincinnati vs. No. 1 Alabama

Read: Alabama — Yes, Cincinnati deserves to be here.

Hanson: Alabama — These wheels keep on turning.

Peterson: Alabama — I wish I could pick Cincinnati.

Werner: Alabama — The world isn’t ready for undefeated Cincy, sorry Shivansh.

Cook: Cincinnati — I’m picking Cincy for fun and I’m bored.

Bohnenkamp: Alabama — Reality sets in for the Bearcats.

Brummond: Alabama — Cincy makes it a game.

Orange Bowl (College Football Playoff): No. 3 Georgia vs. No. 2 Michigan

Read: Georgia — Georgia is much better than Iowa.

Hanson: Michigan — The Harboys are back.

Peterson: Michigan — Down with the dawgs.

Werner: Michigan — Send condolences to @SkinnyKenny_.

Cook: Michigan — GO BLUE.

Bohnenkamp: Georgia — All of those extra TDs in Indy won’t carry over.

Brummond: Georgia — DAWGS want a rematch with Bama.

Fiesta Bowl: No. 9 Oklahoma State vs. No. 5 Notre Dame

Read: Notre Dame — Is Notre Dame becoming… likeable?

Hanson: Notre Dame — I like Brian Kelly’s new accent.

Peterson: Notre Dame — Marcus Freeman hasn’t coached a game, but I already love him.

Werner: Oklahoma State — “I’m a man, I’m 40.” I’m actually 21 but I like this quote.

Cook: Notre Dame — Brian Kelly will also not be missed.

Bohnenkamp: Notre Dame — They’re better off without Brian Kelly.

Brummond: Notre Dame — Brian Kelly’s former “family” is doing just fine.

Rose Bowl: No. 11 Utah vs. No. 6 Ohio State

Read: Ohio State — Block Urban Meyer’s number right now.

Hanson: Ohio State — Will Iowa ever play in this game again?

Peterson: Ohio State — Utah can beat Oregon, and that’s about it.

Werner: Ohio State — Should’ve been a rematch with Michigan in Indy.

Cook: Ohio State — Michigan beat Ohio State.

Bohnenkamp: Ohio State — A nice consolation prize for the Buckeyes.

Brummond: Ohio State — This might be the best bowl matchup.

Sugar Bowl: No. 7 Baylor vs. No. 8 Ole Miss

Read: Ole Miss — I just wanted Lane Kiffen to go back to USC.

Hanson: Ole Miss — I feel rebellious.

Peterson: Baylor — Deuce Hogan’s next landing spot.

Werner: Baylor — Miss is too old.

Cook: Ole Miss — In a hotty toddy mood I guess.

Bohnenkamp: Baylor — Won’t make any joke here, because Baylor is never funny.

Brummond: Baylor — Ole Miss comes up about a foot short.