SEC fans apparently aren't the only people who have a problem with Iowa's strength of schedule in 2015. Colin Cowherd, who is now over at Fox Sports, went on a three-minute rant about the Hawkeyes' "weak" slate, insinuating that they don't belong in the College Football Playoff conversation.
His big issue? Cowherd thinks that Iowa's staff should have scheduled some difficult non-conference games for a year that they didn't get Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State or Penn State on their Big Ten schedule. Instead, they booked Illinois State, Iowa State, Pitt and North Texas.
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd)
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) November 3, 2015
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In reality, Iowa's strength of schedule isn't awful. The Hawkeyes have played the 47th-hardest slate, according to Sagarin. But they haven't played any elite teams, and that seems to be what many take issue with. Regardless, if Iowa does win the Big Ten title game, it's going to make the playoff.