It turns out the Indiana-Iowa clash this Saturday might actually be a meaningful game in several ways. Kirk Ferentz’s Hawkeyes are a very mediocre 4-4 on the season and a loss to Indiana all but ends Iowa’s shot at bowl eligibility because they would need to win two of three from Purdue, Michigan, and Nebraska.
Iowa has been bad enough this year that there is speculation that Ferentz, who has been Iowa’s coach for about a decade, could be on the hot seat if the team doesn’t make a bowl game, adding some pressure to a game in which Indiana (3-5, 1-3) is favored in a conference game for the first time since 2007 (thanks, Hickey).
Ferentz is even getting the proverbial kiss of death public endorsement from his athletic director, Gary Barta.
Iowa has actually been shockingly successful under Ferentz, though it’s difficult to name any of his starting quarterbacks for reasons other than hilarious over-investment by the fans in otherwise very mediocre players (Drew Tate, Ricky Stanzi, Jak...