They say the true measure of a team's character is how it responds to adversity.
Well, the 2012 Iowa Hawkeyes are in about the most adverse conditions the program has seen in a while.
Iowa is 4-3. Last week, the Hawks received their worst home-game beatdown—regardless what the score said—since 2000.
Three games before, Iowa lost a home game to MAC doormat Central Michigan, a team that has not won a game since beating the Hawkeyes.
Against PSU, Iowa lost two starting offensive linemen for the year (per the San Francisco Chronicle), the passing game is a wreck and the defense, while it is improving, is young.
At this point, getting to six wins looks to be a stretch.
Meanwhile, 6-2 Northwestern still has a shot—though a long shot—of winning the division and getting to the Big Ten Championship game.
The recent history between these two teams has been dramatic, but this game is something of a role-reversal in which Iowa has the chance to be the spoiler.