Could this year's Insight Bowl be a preview of things to come in future Big Ten seasons?
The Insight Bowl typically matches a mid-tier Big 12 team against a mid-tier Big Ten team. This year, that might mean Nebraska — fourth in line in the Big 12 behind Oklahoma, Missouri, and Oklahoma State — hooks up with Iowa — a distant fourth at best after Wisconsin, Ohio State, and Michigan State — get to duel in the desert.
It would be a neat game between two proud programs that rarely get to link up, and a preview of future Big Ten games. Nebraska will be in Iowa's division when the Big Ten moves to a division format in 2011, and that means this game will go from a rare treat this season to a yearly occurrence next year.
This may not be quite what Iowa's fan community at Black Heart Gold Pants wanted from this year's bowl, but it's not a terrible game, despite featuring two teams that faded badly down the stretch. If Taylor Martinez can get healthy for this one, and Iowa's defense can work out the kinks that plagued it against Northwestern and Minnesota, this could be one of the better bowl games of 2010.