I hope my wife doesn't read this. She is a graduate of Iowa and will probably relegate me to the couch for the cold winter months for putting her beloved Hawkeyes this low.
Yes, Iowa has played well. Yes, Iowa is undefeated. Yes, I know I will get backlash from putting them at number four (even behind Penn State whom they beat).
I am also very aware of the fact that Iowa has a formidable defense.
I could eat crow here, but I have yet to drink the Hawkeye flavored (ewe) Kool-Aid. Iowa is getting by on defensive takeaways and it's not even close.
One could argue that the defense is causing the turnovers, and you would be correct. The flip side of that is that one cannot continue to hang their hat on getting turnovers to win ballgames.
After last Saturday, Iowa is +9 in the turnover category. One has to believe that this pace is not going to keep up.
The same team that beat Penn State because of poor decision making by Darryl Clark and gang, is the same team that had to block two field goal attempts at the end of the game just to get by Football Championship Subdivision school, Northern Iowa.
Michigan continued the trend by throwing to the wrong team with the game on the line Saturday. If this were an Ohio State ball-club, everyone would be stating how overrated they are.
The bottom line is that Iowa is well coached, well liked, and portrays itself as the little engine that could.
But, I am not fooled and expect them to still drop a couple in league play.