Friday, October 09, 2009
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.
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.