Michigan is coming off a huge home loss against Michigan State. After starting 5-0, Michigan lost its first battle against a solid defense and their task doesn't get any easier this week against the Hawkeyes. On defense, the Wolverines were shredded on five straight possessions for 31 points. If they aren't more effective this week, the Michigan faithful are in a for a long afternoon.
Iowa comes to Ann Arbor ranked 15th nationally and are clearly the favorites. Their stifling defense and efficent offense have buoyed them to a 4-1 record. If not for a disappointing first half on the road against Arizona, Iowa might very well be 6-0 and in position to challenge Ohio State for a Big Ten title.
This game is huge for both teams. Iowa needs to win this game to stay in the Big Ten race. After Michigan they face Wisconsin and Michigan State.
For Michigan, this is a must have game. Last year they started strong and collapsed. If they do that again, Rich Rod's job is in trouble. Michigan can get back on track and prove that their is a bright future with Denard at the helm if they can get a big home win.