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No. 17 Iowa clings to West hopes entering game with Illini

Bielema won't be with his team in Iowa City. He tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday.

IOWA CITY, Iowa — EDITOR'S NOTE: The video above is from Nov. 16, 2021. 

No. 17 Iowa (College Football Playoff) hosts Illinois on Saturday needing a win to stay alive in the Big Ten West race. 

The Hawkeyes are going for a third straight win after losing back-to-back games in October. Illinois hasn’t won in Iowa City since 1999. The Illini end the regular season against Northwestern at home and still have a chance to get to 6-6 and make a bowl in Bret Bielema’s first year. 

Bielema won't be with his team in Iowa City. He tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday.

He said he is vaccinated and received a booster shot the week before he tested positive. Bielema said without elaborating that he would be as present as possible for Saturday's game through technology.  

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