Iowa Football: 5 Keys to the Game vs. Minnesota

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Iowa Football: 5 Keys to the Game vs. Minnesota

The Iowa Hawkeyes head into this week's game against the Minnesota Gophers in a battle for Floyd of Rosedale as touchdown favorites. Unlike previous years, Minnesota is playing very well while Iowa seems to look weak this year.

It's usually the opposite in the matchup, but a slow start has limited Iowa's offense.

Minnesota comes in riding some good performances from backup quarterback Max Shortell . Although he doesn't have the running ability of Marquis Gray, his passing numbers have been great. Currently, he's thrown four touchdown's and only one interception through two games started. 

The Golden Gophers are 4-0 and have won the previous two meetings in upset fashion against the Hawkeyes. They are looking to retain Floyd once again. They have been a pleasant surprise in the Big Ten led behind Head Coach Jerry Kill.

One of the biggest questions in the Big Ten for this week is: How fast are the Hawkeyes fading and can they rebound from a bad loss?

Here are five keys that Iowa needs to complete if they want to etch a win in a rivalry game this season.

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