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Monday, November 23, 2009
Stating the BCS cases for Iowa, PSU

By Adam Rittenberg

Iowa and Penn State both have completed the regular season at 10-2, but the schools' competition for a BCS at-large berth is just getting started. Ohio State owns the Big Ten's automatic BCS bowl berth (almost certainly to the Rose Bowl), but as usual, the league is well positioned for an at-large selection.

The Iowa-Penn State debate is fascinating because so many factors are involved, and many seem split on these teams. Penn State is ahead in all of the human polls, but the computers favor Iowa and push the Hawkeyes in front in the BCS standings.

Here's a look at the BCS case for each team.

The Case for Iowa

Iowa's case is built around what happened on the field and who it came against. The Hawkeyes feel they have the facts on their side and see no need for flash or sizzle (i.e. style points).

AD Gary Barta and head coach Kirk Ferentz can point to the following factors:

The Case for Penn State

Penn State's case is built around impressive victories, star players, a tremendous brand name and a legendary head coach. The Lions earned style points in their wins this season and finished the regular season with their top performance, throttling Michigan State. Plus, these bowls know what they'll get with Penn State, and they'll like it.

AD Tim Curley and head coach Joe Paterno can cite: