As expected, 6-6 wasn't good enough to get Iowa's football team into a bowl game.

When all 32 bowl matchups were finalized Sunday night, the Hawkeyes' string of six straight bowl appearances officially ended.

Iowa was bowl eligible, but there wasn't a spot available because all seven Big Ten slots went to teams 7-5 or better. It's the first time since finishing 3-9 in 2000 that Iowa won't play in a bowl.

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"If it doesn't work out, then I think we know where to look," Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said following the loss to Western Michigan in the season finale.

Eight Big Ten teams - Purdue (7-5), Michigan State (7-5), Penn State (8-4), Indiana (7-5), Wisconsin (9-3), Michigan (8-4), Illinois (9-3) and Ohio State (11-1) - landed a bowl bid. Northwestern and Minnesota joined Iowa as clubs not to make a bowl.

Iowa kicks off the 2008 season against Maine on Aug. 30 at Kinnick Stadium.

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