IOWA CITY – Tiger Woods. Michael Jordan. Mike Tyson.
Those are three of the most famous athletes who had a reputation for beating their opponents before even stepping on the course, the court or into the ring. Intimidation and fear played a big factor in helping opponents doubt themselves and lose faith, which contributed to defeat a lot of times. But according to Iowa running back Mark Weisman, the Hawkeyes are aware of and determined not to let “intimidation” become a factor Saturday against Ohio State at the Horseshoe in Columbus, Ohio.
“We don’t like using that word,” Weisman said before practice Tuesday. “You cant be beat before you start playing, and I think everyone on this team knows that.”
The Hawkeyes (4-2, 1-1) are trying to snap the longest winning streak in the country. The Buckeyes are 6-0 this season and 18-0 under coach Urban Meyer. Meyer won two national titles at Florida and could have made it three last year had the Buckeyes not been on probation. Playing in a charged up atmosphere against one of the best teams in the country will be a litmus test for the Hawkeyes. Playing the Buckeyes tough, even in a loss, can carry the Hawks the rest of the season. A blowout loss could send Iowa on the same spiral as last season when they lost the last six games to end 4-8.
“It’s a great stadium, great fans, 100,000 plus,” Weisman said. “It’s going to be a great challenge for us. We have to worry about us, worry about executing and see where that takes us.”
Unless Weisman and the Hawks truly believe they can beat the Buckeyes then likely that will take them to 4-3 on the season.