Michigan Football: Why Clash with Iowa Will Be Game of the Season for Wolverines

Hayden DeitrickFeatured ColumnistNovember 15, 2012

Devin Gardner has the hot hand as Michigan comes up against Iowa in a must win game that could make or break their season.
Devin Gardner has the hot hand as Michigan comes up against Iowa in a must win game that could make or break their season.Leon Halip/Getty Images

This Saturday, Michigan football will clash with the Iowa Hawkeyes in what will be the most important game of its season. 

The Wolverines have three losses on the season, but they have not been eliminated from the Big Ten title game just yet.

Michigan currently sits one game behind Nebraska in the standings.

If the Wolverines can win their next two games against Iowa and Ohio State, they have a very real shot at playing for the Big Ten championship. 

That is why so much rides on Saturday’s game against Iowa.

This puts a considerable amount of pressure on senior quarterback Denard Robinson.

Robinson has had a rather tame senior season.  Expectations were high on him, but Robinson has never really reached the bar set for him this season.

The senior out of Deerfield Beach, Florida has thrown for 1,319 total yards, nine touchdowns and nine interceptions.

Devin Gardner was given his chance to shine in the past couple weeks, and for all intensive purposes, he was successful.  Gardner has thrown for 520 yards and four touchdowns in just two games. 

This is rather impressive, as he has accumulated half of Robinson’s stats in only a quarter of the amount of games started.


If the ultimate barometer of success is winning, and for Michigan it certainly is, then the 2-0 Devin Gardner has been incredibly successful.

Saturday's game is senior night, though, and while many believe that Gardner will get the majority of the snaps, Robinson will get his chance to shine in front of the home fans at least one more time.  Do not be surprised to see him line up at a position that is not quarterback at least once in this game.

The Wolverines come up against an Iowa defense that is turnover hungry. 

WolverineNation reports that Iowa is the top-rated Big Ten school in causing turnovers with a plus-11 turnover margin.

Michigan has lost three straight games against the Hawkeyes, and if they want to avoid dropping a fourth, they must limit turnovers and find the end zone early and often.