Friday, October 09, 2009

The Michigan Game 

Tomorrow the 12th ranked Iowa Hawkeyes will face the Michigan Wolverines in a nationally televised game from Kinnick Stadium. I believe it is the first time that Iowa has been the higher ranked team in the matchup since 1985, when the Hawkeyes were ranked #1 in the country and Michigan was ranked #2. Iowa, led by Heisman runner up Chuck Long, prevailed 12-10 in a classic. Chuck Long will return to Kinnick Saturday night as an honorary captain.

While Iowa is favored in the game Michigan has dominated the series and hasn't lost to the Hawkeyes since 2002. Coming off the big win at Penn State two weeks ago, the Hawks looked so-so against Arkansas State last weekend at home, so while they remain undefeated plenty of doubts remain over whether they deserve their ranking.

Michigan, meanwhile, lost for the first time last week to Michigan State in overtime, but has looked much improved over last year's disaster, and features true freshman Tate Forcier at quarterback. Forcier has engineered fourth quarter come backs against Notre Dame and Indiana, and nearly pulled it off again last week.

Over the years Iowa and Michigan have played a lot of close games, especially at Kinnick, and there is no reason to think this won't be another one. The game is one of two this weekend that will likely have a major impact on the Big Ten Championship and the role a Big Ten team might have in the BCS. The undefeated Wisconsin Badgers play at Ohio State in the other key matchup. Victories by Iowa and Wisconsin would set up a great showdown between the two teams next week in Madison, but both need to first take care of business against the traditional powers of the Big Ten, no easy task.


By Blogger Dawnfire82, at Fri Oct 09, 11:35:00 AM:

A local business put on their sign, "Dinner Special Oct. 10 - Wolverine."

I thought it was funny.  

By Anonymous feeblemind, at Fri Oct 09, 12:15:00 PM:

It is an interesting matchup. I think Michigan has the better offense but Iowa the better defense. If Iowa does not self destruct, I like their chances.  

By Blogger Tigerhawk Teenager, at Fri Oct 09, 12:38:00 PM:

Just out of curiosity, I forget which team is ranked 5th. Can someone remind me? ;)  

By Blogger Charlottesvillain, at Fri Oct 09, 12:55:00 PM:

I wouldn't be talking up ACC football this year if I was you, Hokie.  

By Blogger Chris, at Fri Oct 09, 02:53:00 PM:

What else can one say but:

Muck Fichigan!  

By Blogger Dawnfire82, at Fri Oct 09, 10:05:00 PM:

Not sure, TT, but I can tell you who's ranked number 2.  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Sat Oct 10, 10:15:00 AM:

Chuck Long and Larry Station are honorary captains, so expect Kinnick to bring the house down when they are announced.

This is the second time Iowa has met Michigan after starting 5-0, the other times were the '85 and '86 seasons.

Gonna be a great game.

Go Hawks!  

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