Before every Iowa game for much of the season, I have put together a slideshow highlighting some of the more intriguing matchups we were likely to see in the upcoming game.
However, at this point, that seems futile. After all, how can one predict matchups when one doesn't know which team will show up?
Will it be the Iowa team that decimated Iowa State and Michigan State? Or will it be the team that squeaked by against Indiana and lost an ugly game to Northwestern?
I'll go more into that later. For now, I will say that despite the Hawks' poor performance over the last two games, I still believe they can beat Ohio State (let alone Minnesota). In fact, I believe they could beat Oregon, Auburn, TCU, or any team in the nation.
It just depends upon which team shows up.
In the end, no matter how good the Hawks are on paper, their record will say whether they were a 9-3 team, an 8-4 team, or a 7-5 team. In other words, history will ultimately determine how good this team is.
Nonetheless, right now, there are still so many questions that surround this bunch.
The following slideshow will attempt to address some of them.