Iowa Hawkeyes: A True Underrated Story.

Cody BealsContributor IOctober 4, 2009

STATE COLLEGE, PA - SEPTEMBER 26:  A.J. Edds #49 of the Iowa Hawkeyes celebrates a fourth quarter interception with Pat Angerer #43 and Jeremiha Hunter #42 in front of Chaz Powell #2 of the Penn State Nittnay Lions  on September 26, 2009 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. Iowa won the game 21-10.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Okay, first off I have to apologize for my lack of writing recently, but I promise that this is the start of a good run of articles.  

Well, where do I start? The Iowa Hawkeyes are for real? I don't believe it! 

As of right now, the Iowa Hawkeyes are ranked #13 in the country and had a 4-0 record going into todays game at home against Arkansas State.  The Hawkeyes came rumbling into this game as 21 point favorites, only to limp out with a 24 to 21 victory at Kinnick Stadium in front of a sold out crowd of 67,989.  The game started off wonderfully, first pass by Ricky Stanzi equals first score of the game, a beautifully placed 41 yard pass to Wide Receiver Marvin McNutt, who also caught another touchdown pass later on in the game.  

The Arkansas State team came into this game with their heads down after losing a heartbreaker to their division rivals, Troy last week, after putting up a fight against Nebraska the week before.  Arkansas State had a good defense today, getting two interceptions off of Stanzi, including a pick six that landed Demario Davis in the dog house by the Head Coach after getting a 15 yard excessive celebration penalty after flipping into the end zone, scoring the touchdown.  

The Good for the Hawkeyes:  Ricky Stanzi came out of the gate with major confidence, starting off the game 5 for 5 with 2 touchdowns. Throwing for a career high of 296 yards.  The defense was up to par today as well, only allowing two offensive touchdowns to the Red Wolves, and Tyler Sash getting his fifth interception on the year, putting him at second on the season leading intereceptions list for the season.  

The Bad: Ricky Stanzi threw two interceptions after starting off 5-5 for the game.  He started wonderfully and ended not so good.  The Hawkeyes also only had a total of 124 rushing yards on the day, their lowest on the season, may that be because of the confidence Kirk Ferentz has in Stanzi, either way, not too good on the day. 

The Good for the Red Wolves:  The put up a fight against the #13 team in the nation! 

The Bad for the Red Wolves: They just lost to the #13 team in the nation! The came into this game with a big chip on their shoulder, after putting a valiant effort on the road against Nebraska, then losing a heartbreaker to rival Troy, they leave Iowa City with knowing only that their efforts were not substantial enough to take out the Hawkeyes. 

The Aftermath:  The Hawkeyes head into their sixth game of the season 5-0 to face the 4-1 Michigan Wolverines at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City.  The Wolverines come into this game also with a chip on their shoulder, they just lost to Michigan State today, so they are looking to come into this game and try and take out the Hawkeyes. The Wolverines will most likely come into this game unranked and the Hawks will more than likely come into this game ranked somewhere around where they were today, about #13.  

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