Iowa has felt pretty good about itself in all but one game after that loss to Michigan State last year. The Hawkeyes rebounded to finish 9-4, including a win against Penn State that knocked the Nittany Lions out of national title contention and a victory against South Carolina in the Outback Bowl.Mike Hlas, of the Gazette and The Hlog, compares this year's Hawkeyes to last year's squad and asks which team is better.
A closer look shows the Hawkeyes might not have been that far from elite status last season. Their four losses were by a total of 12 points.
The Hawkeyes haven’t won at Spartan Stadium since 1995. Ferentz is 0-for-4 there, including a 49-3 spanking when the Spartans and Hawkeyes were from different planets in 1999. That said, Iowa has found some sort of Zen-like calm on the road this season. Turnovers have been the deal, with taking three interceptions ut of Wisconsin last week and four take-aways at Penn State. Can a team depend on turnovers like this? Probably not, but it’s worked so far.Iowa City Press-Citizen's Andy Hamilton says while fans may be talking BCS, Rose Bowl, and beyond, the Hawkeyes are just taking it one game at a time.
Iowa 21, Michigan State 20
1 Undef. SEC Champ (UF or Bama)ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg's Midseason Review on Iowa is up, as well as this review on the Big Ten's BCS tiebreaker rules.
2 Undef. Texas
3 Undef. Iowa
4 1 loss (reg season) SEC Champ ( UF, Bama, LSU)
5 1 loss Pac 10 Champ USC, Ore (close call with the 4 seed depending)
6 Undef. Boise St
7 1 loss ACC Champ (UM, GT)