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A Look at Kirk Ferentz’ History Against SEC Opponents in the Postseason

Kirk Ferentz – Iowa HC // Photo via Iowa Athletics

Tennessee football (8-4) will face off against the Iowa Hawkeyes (10-3) on January 1 in the Cheez-It Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida.

The two programs are meeting for only the fourth time in history, and Tennessee holds a 2-1 record over the Hawkeyes and a 1-0 record in the Kirk Ferentz era.

Ferentz, Iowa’s head coach and the longest-tenured head coach in the FBS, has been at Iowa since 1999. Iowa’s only meeting against Tennessee in the Ferentz era came in the 2015 TaxSlayer Gator Bowl in which the Vols won 45-28.

Ferentz hasn’t had overwhelming success against SEC foes in the postseason, but the Hawkeyes still hold a 6-5 record against SEC teams in bowl games under Ferentz.

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Here’s the full list of how Ferentz’ Iowa teams have fared against SEC competition in bowl season:

*Missouri is included in this list, despite the fact they were a Big 12 team when the 2010 Insight Bowl was played*

2003: 1-0

Iowa 37, Florida 17 – Outback Bowl

2004: 1-0

Iowa 30, LSU 25 – Citrus Bowl

2005: 0-1

Iowa 24, Florida 31 – Outback Bowl

2008: 1-0

Iowa 31, South Carolina 10 – Outback Bowl

2010: 1-0

Iowa 27, Missouri 24 – 2010 Insight Bowl

2013: 0-1

Iowa 14, LSU 21 – Outback Bowl

2014: 0-1

Iowa 28, Tennessee 45 – Gator Bowl

2016: 0-1

Iowa 3, Florida 30 – Outback Bowl

2018: 1-0

Iowa 27, Mississippi State 22 – Outback Bowl

2021: 0-1

Iowa 17, Kentucky 20 – Citrus Bowl

2022: 1-0

Iowa 21, Kentucky 0 – Music City Bowl



All of Iowa’s games against SEC competition in the Ferentz era have come in the postseason.

Six of Iowa’s 11 contests against SEC competition under Ferentz came in the Outback Bowl, which is now known as the ReliaQuest Bowl.

Two of Iowa’s contests against SEC opponents came in the Citrus Bowl, as Monday will mark the third when the Hawkeyes and Vols go toe-to-toe. The Hawkeyes will be looking to break their Citrus Bowl tie against SEC competition, as Iowa is 1-1 in their two Citrus Bowl appearances against SEC teams.

Florida has played Iowa the most in the Ferentz era, meeting three times. Once toe meets leather on Monday in Orlando, Tennessee will tie Kentucky and LSU for second.

Tennessee and Iowa will kickoff at 1 p.m. ET on Monday in Camping World Stadium. ABC will have the broadcast.

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