Iowa is the Underdog of College Football

P MurphyContributor INovember 5, 2009

STATE COLLEGE, PA - SEPTEMBER 26:  Ricky Stanzi #12 of the Iowa Hawkeyes along with Adam Robinson #32 and Brett Morse #36 celebrate a 21-10 victory over the Penn State Nittnay Lions with Iowa fans on September 26, 2009 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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The Iowa Hawkeyes (5-0 Big Ten, 9-0 Overall) are currently setting in the fourth spot in the most recent BCS standings. They also hold the nation’s second longest college football winning streak with 13 wins. The nation’s longest streak goes to Florida with 17 wins. Iowa is the only team in college football to win nine games so far. Winning the first nine games of the season is also a first for the Hawkeyes.

The Hawkeyes are now in the college football spotlight and everybody is talking about them. Mostly they are talking about is how overrated Iowa is and how they don’t deserve to be in the BCS National Championship Game. This is why Iowa is considered the underdogs of college football.

I have noticed some sports analysts are now coming out defending Iowa’s football team. I have even read articles on sports sites about how Iowa deserves to be ranked fourth in the BCS as well as others writing about the opposite.

Why Iowa is the underdogs of college football? Iowa has squeak by winning games by a small margin of points or even fighting their way back into the game to win it. Teams like this make college football very exciting to watch. One close game is better to watch then several other games were one team is winning by 30 plus points.

This is why they play football games against each other is to prove who is the better team between them. People can compare Iowa against all the other teams in the top ten, but this is only a comparison on paper and is only worth as much as the paper is worth. I’m not saying that the comparison is not right, but it is not 100% correct either. Remember the Ohio State – Purdue game.

I watched an advertisement for College Football a couple weekend’s ago, I saw a statement that sums it all up. I believe it was on my local ABC network. The statement was “Every Underdog is Dangerous”. This is why I believe Iowa is still undefeated.

Now onto another subject that got my attention.

Everyone is entitled to their opinion as long as they don’t go overboard with it and some are going way overboard with the bashing of Iowa. Now I’m seeing people not only bashing Iowa’s football team, but bashing the individual players in Iowa’s history. This is why I’m writing this next paragraph.

LEAVE NILE KINNICK OUT OF THE BASHING. He is a hero as well as an icon in the state of Iowa. He is the Hawkeyes only Heisman winner and a veteran of WW II. In 1972, the stadium was renamed Kinnick Stadium from Iowa Stadium in his honor as a football player as well as a veteran. This was sparked by a Nebraska fan bringing his name up in an article that was bashing Iowa. His article also cause others like to react to it like this article by Tim Weideman.