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The B1g Time:
Minnesota (4-0) at Iowa (2-2) (3:30 p.m. ET, on ESPN 2)
Line: Iowa -7
Last meeting: Minnesota 22, Iowa 21 (2011)
3 Players to Watch:
1) Mark Weisman (RB, Iowa): The Hawkeyes just may have found something in their fullback turned halfback. Weisman ran wild over Central Michigan last week, racking up 217 rushing yards and three touchdowns. If Iowa can establish him early, it could help them stretch the field with the passing game, something they have struggled to do at times this season.,
2) Max Shortell (QB. Minnesota): The sophomore has done an admirable job of stepping up in the absence of of MarQueis Gray. No doubt that Shortell is a different style of quarterback, but the Gophers offense has still been functional with him at signal caller. If he can continue to take care of the ball, Minnesota should have no trouble staying in the game.
3) Donnell Kirkwood (RB, Minnesota): Kirkwood collected 99 yards and a pair of touchdowns against Syracuse last week. Though he has broken the 100-yard rushing mark just once this season, Kirkwood doesn't necessarily need a breakout game, he just needs to be effective enough to keep the Hawkeye defense honest.
This is possibly the most intriguing match up of the weekend in the Big Ten. Sure, the Floyd of Rosedale Trophy is on the line, but two very important questions will be answered. Can Minnesota really be this good? Are the Hawkeyes as bad as they have looked?
This will be the first road start for Minnesota's backup quarterback Max Shortell. Given the harsh environment at Kinnick Stadium, the door is open for the Iowa defense to make things happen.
My pick: Minnesota 24, Iowa 21
Rest of Staff's Picks:
Andy: Minnesota 27, Iowa 17
Cole: Minnesota 21, Iowa 17
Kevin: Minnesota 18, Iowa 17
Will: Iowa 21, Minnesota 17
BEST OF MAXIM
MINNEAPOLIS Quick. Name one of the three undefeated Big Ten football teams.
Unless you live in the state of Minnesota, the Golden Gophers probably weren't the first team that came to mind. But here they are, a perfect 4-0, along with Ohio State and Northwestern the only Big Ten teams to escape nonconference play unscathed.
For second-year Gophers coach Jerry Kill, it's...
Mark Weisman ran for 177 yards, 155 in the first half, to lead Iowa to a 31-13 win over Minnesota on Saturday and give the Hawkeyes possession of the Floyd of Rosedale bronze pig trophy.
Christian Kirksey's 68-yard interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter sealed the win for Iowa (3-2), which bounced back from last week's disappointing 32-31 loss to Central...
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Mark Weisman ran for 177 yards, 155 in the first half, to lead Iowa to a 31-13 win over Minnesota on Saturday and give the Hawkeyes possession of the Floyd of Rosedale bronze pig trophy. Christian Kirksey's 68-yard interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter sealed the win for Iowa (3-2), which bounced back from last week's disappointing...
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Mark Weisman ran for 177 yards, 155 in the first half, to lead Iowa to a 31-13 win over Minnesota on Saturday and give the Hawkeyes possession of the Floyd of Rosedale bronze pig trophy.
I'll give you a second...
There ya go.
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Ball cleared for takeoff.
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IOWA CITY, Iowa -- With an injured MarQueis Gray unable to play, Max Shortell got the start for the Gophers. The sophomore threw two touchdowns and three interceptions in Minnesota's loss. Following the game, he took questions from the media.
MINNEAPOLIS With each win head coach Jerry Kill and the Gophers pile up, the buzz in Minnesota continues to grow. Now that the Gophers are 4-0, there have been talks about a possible bowl game, something that hasn't happened at Minnesota since 2009.
But by the same token, the Gophers' 4-0 record must be taken with a grain of salt. Those four wins came against nonconference...
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The 78th Battle for Floyd of Rosedale has begun in Iowa City. Floyd is the bronze pig awarded to the winner of the Minnesota/Iowa game since 1935.
Above, Iowa FS Tanner Miller snatches away a Minnesota pass from QB Max Shortell (Marqueis Gray is out with a high ankle sprain). Miller looks to be behind a step but makes the best of his positioning by coming down with the ball....