You’d think Northwestern people might hold a grudge against the Outback Bowl selecting Iowa over their alma mater.
OK, so the Wildcats are ranked and the Hawkeyes aren’t.
OK, so Northwestern beat Iowa in Iowa City.
OK, so the Cats are 9-3 and the Hawks are just 8-4.
But NU alums aren’t bitter. Nooooooo.
One of their graduates was kind enough to share his recent letter to Outback Bowl officials. He will remain anonymous. He is not from Iowa, as you may have guessed. He wrote:
OK, we get it. You’re never going to select Northwestern for your game. Whether it’s conference co-champion vs. 4th-place OSU team trying (successfully) to get its coach fired by sleepwalking through the end of its season (2000) or head-to-head victory on the road and better overall record (2008).
Clearly the vision of 30,000 combines rolling down I-75 was too much to resist this year and the proprietors of every Hooters Restaurant within a 25-mile radius of the stadium will be forever in your debt for that decision.
One request: the next time your contract with the Big 10 is up for renewal, please insist that it has a clause specifically excluding Northwestern from your game. We’d feel better having your policy in writing, and you’d be protected against a doomsday scenario of being stuck with us.
Finally, do yourselves a favor and remove the reference to “The No. 26 Hawkeyes” from your home page. Anyone with a passing knowledge of college football recognizes “No. 26” as a euphemism for “others receiving votes” or more specifically: unranked. You embarrass yourselves by trying to suggest otherwise. It’s just a shame there wasn’t a legitimately ranked Big 10 team available to you.