There is an unstoppable force in the Big Ten, one that for the last few years has been unmatched in its ability to inflict pain and suffering on those who stand before it. No, we're not talking about the Wisconsin running game—we're talking about the Angry Iowa Running Back Hating God, or AIRBHG for short.
AIRBHG's latest act of destruction is on the knee—it's always the knee—of freshman tailback Barkley Hill, who was expected to see significant action for the Hawkeyes this year. Footage of the injury—which happened on a touchdown on the last play of an open scrimmage last Saturday, because of course it did—is below, via HawkeyeReport.com.
And as ESPN.com reports, that's good enough for a torn ACL and a season that's over before it begins:
Iowa's string of running back problems continued on Tuesday when the school announced that freshman tailback Barkley Hill would miss the season with a torn ACL.
Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz says Hill will have surgery later this week.
Hill, who injured his knee in a Saturday scrimmage, was a candidate to start for the Hawkeyes this season after enrolling early and participating in spring practice.
Some members of the media don't believe AIRBHG is real. These are what we call denialists, the same people who say global warming is fake or smoking doesn't cause cancer. They are probably on the payroll of AIRBHG and should never be approached or engaged in conversation.
There is incontrovertible evidence that AIRBHG exists. It's called "everything that has happened to Iowa running backs over the last six years". HawkeyeNation.com has the full account, and it's downright terrifying. This is all just for one position on one team. If this was happening on every team, being a running back would be illegal.
How bad is being a running back at Iowa? PSU true freshman Akeel Lynch decided he'd rather stay at Penn State and never play in a bowl game or with a full complement of players than play for Iowa.
It's that bad.