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Iowa will end its 2017 football season in the Big Apple.

The Hawkeyes will face Boston College at New York City's Yankee Stadium on Dec. 27, a match-up of two 7-5 teams which have never met on the football field before.

The bowl announced its pairing this afternoon, the 15th bowl Iowa will have played in over the past 17 years. The game is scheduled for a 4:15 p.m. start and will be televised by ESPN.

For running back Akrum Wadley, the trip means playing his final collegiate game about 30 minutes away from his hometown of Newark, New Jersey.

"That part of it is cool. I've got a lot of family and friends who couldn't get out here to see me. It's a good a chance for them. A lot of them were at the Rutgers game last year, but it's all good,'' Wadley said.

Several Hawkeyes said the trip will be their first visit to New York City.

"I'll probably just follow (Wadley) around,'' defensive tackle Nathan Bazata said. 

The Hawkeyes do have a tie to the Eagles' program. Jim Reid, the linebackers coach on Iowa's 2015 Big Ten West Division championship team, is the second-year defensive coordinator at Boston College.

The Eagles won five of their final six regular-season games, averaging 36 points over that stretch.

The team has been led by a freshman running back, A.J. Dillon, whose 1,432 rushing yards this season rank second among freshmen nationally to Wisconsin's Jonathan Taylor.

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz is scheduled to meet with the media later this afternoon.

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