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Iowa Football to Play USC in Holiday Bowl

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NCAA FOOTBALL: DEC 27 Holiday Bowl - Minnesota v Washington State Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Iowa Hawkeyes are heading back to California to take on the HATED USC Trojans in the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 27.

The Trojans went 8-4 on the year, and 7-2 in conference play. USC is riding a 4-game winning streak after starting the year 3-3. USC picked up a signature win early in the year, handing Utah its only loss of the regular season way back in September.

USC is 40-21 under Clay Helton, who’s in his fourth year at the helm of the program. He was on the hot seat after putting together a 5-7 year in 2018, but probably bought himself time after salvaging what looked like a runaway train of 2019.

Iowa is 2-7 all-time against USC, dating back to 1925. The last time the two teams faced was in the 2003 Orange Bowl where Pete Carroll’s squad took down the Hawkeyes 38-17. The last meeting prior to that game was in 1976.

Iowa’s in the hunt for its first 10-win season since 2015. A win over a solid USC team in a good bowl would probably do a lot to calm a portion of the fanbase down.

Stay tuned for more updates, kiddos. We’ll see ya in San Diego