The Hlog is bragging about telling you right here repeatedly that it would be Iowa-South Carolina in the Outback Bowl.
OK, it’s not bragging. It was going with the consensus favorites.
I’m not totally happy I was right. South Carolina is not worthy of a Jan. 1 game. Not at 7-5, not with no wins over ranked teams, not with a freshman quarterback who has proven nothing, not with a 56-6 loss to Florida three weeks ago, not with a 31-14 loss to Clemson last week.
But who is Iowa to complain? If you’re 8-4 and playing on New Year’s, don’t worry and be happy.
Now, here’s my AP ballot. I think Florida will beat Oklahoma since it will be the first time the Sooners have seen a big-league defense, but I wouldn’t bet 10 cents on it.
Iowa climbs two spots on my ballot from last week because Ball State and Missouri got thumped. Thanks for nothing to Cincinnati, which didn’t secure its win over Hawaii until the middle of the night, and cost me sleep.