Can the Hawkeyes sink any lower after their unscripted loss to the Minnesota Gophers last Saturday?
The best way for the down-trodden Iowa team to fly high again is to beat the BCS ranked No. 15 Michigan Wolverines inside Kinnick Stadium on November 5.
Last year in October the Hawkeyes defeated the Wolverines in Ann Arbor before the “bad times” befell Iowa—starting with their November 13 loss to the Northwestern Wildcats.
The 2011 Michigan team has more depth and talent on defense than their 2010 counterparts. It is conceivable that the Wolverines, perhaps, enjoy more options on offense—although this is still not a team without flaws.
Iowa’s primary weakness is on defense—which is shocking for a Norm Parker coached unit. The talent is still jelling. But take heart Iowa fans—there is enough time left for Iowa to salvage their season, starting in November.
If the truth be told, looking at the history of this annual contest—Michigan seldom loses to Iowa.
Since 1900 the Hawkeye record stands at 12-40-4 against the Wolverines.
Iowa won gridiron contests in 1900, 1924, 1958, 1962, 1981, 1984, 1985, 1990, 2002, 2003, 2009 and 2010.
Seven of the 12 wins have been on the road––over half.
But, this time, the Hawkeyes need to hunker down in Kinnick Stadium and find a way to win.
Will a 2011 victory supplant one of the Hawkeyes' five best wins over the Wolverines in Iowa football history?