Is today’s bowl game an important game to win?
Tennessee Volunteers vs Iowa Hawkeyes
2015 Gator Bowl | Jacksonville, FL | 3:20pm EST
Bowl games are exhibitions. But a win for the Vols today would mean a winning season, the first in what seems like forever. And that is very important… for recruiting, for the brand, for moving on to the 2015 season which in my mind will be a crucial season for the program.
It is very hard to get a read on this game because of several things, mostly the vast number of days it has been since either Iowa or Tennessee have played a football game.
On paper, especially because of their experience level, this game goes to Iowa.
But I think the X-factor goes to Tennessee. The Vols are building with unbridled enthusiasm. And that can overcome a lot of things. The Hawkeyes on the other hand are finishing what has been a very disappointing season – Iowa was a pre-season favorite to end up in the Big 10 Championship Game, which they didn’t get close to.
What directions two teams seem to be going when they play each other can have a large influence on the outcome.
Additionally, there is this important tidbit to consider: the Vols will be wearing their orange jerseys.
And, this is the 50th bowl appearance for the Tennessee Volunteers.
Put it in the bank: Tennessee 27 Iowa 24