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The Iowa Hawkeyes (4-1, 1-0 Big Ten) will be facing some déjà vu when the Michigan State Spartans (3-1, 0-0) visit Kinnick Stadium on Saturday.
Head coach Kirk Ferentz and company are off to their best start in four years and are riding a four-game winning streak.
A win against the Spartans will be evidence that the Hawkeyes are ready to challenge no. 17 Northwestern and no. 19 Michigan for a chance to compete for a Big Ten title.
Last season, the Hawkeyes entered their game against the Spartans with a 3-2 record and were needing a signature win to help lift them through the rest of their conference schedule . The Hawkeyes beat Michigan State 19-16 in overtime, but did not win again until nearly a month ago when they prevailed 28-14 over Missouri State.
On Saturday, Iowa will face its first true test of the season against the always resilient Michigan State Spartans after beating Minnesota last week 23-7 in its Big Ten opener.
This year however, Iowa seems to be a very different tea...
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You like stats? Here are some for your Hawkeyes through five games.
Iowa is 5th in nation in 3rd down conversions per game (8.8) 6th best in nation. Last year just 5.0/gm. HUGE jump
— Jon Miller (@HawkeyeNation) September 30, 2013
Iowa is converting 53% of third downs. Last year, they converted 33.95%. Rudock has been Kid Cool on third and Shmedium.
— Jon Miller (@HawkeyeNation...
When Michigan State and Iowa square off against one another on Saturday, there will be one really good (if not elite) defense on the field along with another that might be ready for prime time.
Michigan State has the top rated defense in all the land against the pass, second against the rush which makes them #1 overall. Iowa’s defense is seventh overall and against the rush...
If there is one thing I have learned this season while writing this post every week, it’s that Iowa isn’t nearly as bad as I thought they were, and in making that note, I am done betting against them for…Read more →
Q: The Iowa defense is Top 20 in most major stats nationally and Top 10 in total, rush and third down percentage. What are the differences you’ve seen this year to last and do you think, five games in, this is defense legit?
Jared Clauss: Legit. I used to have a coach who would tell guys “You’re actions are speaking so loud I can’t hear a word you’re saying”. So long...