Highlights, photos and postgame: Iowa 33, Illinois 23

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Make it seven in a row for Iowa against Illinois at Kinnick Stadium. After a slow start to the game and falling behind 10-0, Charlie Jones gave the Hawkeyes a spark with 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. From there, the Hawkeyes took control of the game. Arland Bruce scored the only offensive touchdown, Tyler Goodson ran for 132 yards and Caleb Shudak finished up his career at Kinnick Stadium with a four field goal performance. Jack Campbell capped off the game with a pick six, putting the cherry on top of a complementary effort Iowa preaches every week.

The Hawkeyes still have a shot at making it to Indianapolis, but it’s almost completely out of their hands after Wisconsin’s 35-28 win over Nebraska on Saturday. Iowa now gets Nebraska, and if they do win on Friday, there will be a whole lot of scoreboard watching Saturday. The Hawkeyes need Badger loss against Minnesota along with a win in their own game to win the Big Ten West.

The Hawkeyes moved up in both major polls over the weekend. They not sit at No. 17 in the AP Poll and No. 12 in the Coaches Poll.

You can watch highlights from the game up above. There’s also photos down below, along with stories from last week’s coverage on the left. For fond memories, see the photos and highlights from wins this season against Iowa StateKent StateColorado StateMarylandPenn StateNorthwestern and Minnesota. For sadness, look at the losses to Purdue and Wisconsin.

You can also go back and look at how the expert’s did picking this huge game as well.

Bowl Projections

Sick of the cold already? Hopefully, because all of this week’s bowl projections have the Hawkeyes heading to sunny, warm Florida. The low in Tampa is 54 degrees today. Not fair. Three of them, CBS Sports, 247 Sports and Action Network, all have Iowa in the Outback Bowl against Kentucky. What’s better than a Bloomin’ Onion and football? The two others have them heading to Orlando to play in the Citrus Bowl against Texas A&M. Pack shorts.

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