For the second straight year, Iowa opens its football season against a Panther team.
Last year, the Hawkeyes needed two consecutive blocked field goals to squeak out a win against in-state rival Northern Iowa Panthers. The too-close-for-comfort victory propelled many fans into chaotic shock.
This year, fans will watch on as Iowa faces the Eastern Illinois Panthers in their opening game of the 2010 season. It's not expected to be as close as last year's home opener, but then again last year's first game against UNI wasn't exactly supposed to be that close of an affair, either.
Taking a closer look at Eastern Illinois, it becomes clear that they aren't Northern Iowa. That being said, they aren't exactly a pee-wee football team, either.
As such, there are a few things Hawkeye fans need to know about their upcoming opponent.
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