With three games left in the season the Iowa Hawkeye football team currently sits at 5-4 overall and 2-3 in the conference. Their final three games are, at Purdue, at home against Michigan, and at Nebraska. This begs the question, how does this team finish off the season?
It all starts next week against a Purdue Boilermaker team that has been less that impressive so far this year, and that’s putting it lightly. They are currently 1-7 overall and 0-4 in the conference. This team is currently riding a six game losing streak and hasn’t won since September 7th against Indiana State. Purdue has not scored a point in their last two ball games and over the last three they are being outscored 114-7.
After a bye week on November 16th, the Hawkeyes welcome the Michigan Wolverines to town on November 23rd. The Wolverines are having a slightly better season than the aforementioned Boilermakers. Michigan is currently 6-2 overall and 2-2 in the conference. They have games against Northwestern and Nebraska before they travel to Iowa City. Iowa will have to contain athletic quarterback Devon Gardner and wide receiver Jeremy Gallon, both players are having solid seasons, especially Gallon. One thing to keep in mind is Michigan plays arch rival Ohio State the following week, so this could possibly be a trap game for Michigan.
Finally they will play on Black Friday in Lincoln against the Cornhuskers. Nebraska is currently 6-2 overall and 3-1 in the conference. They are coming off of an emotional win against the Northwestern Wildcats in which they won on a last second Hail Mary. They will play at Michigan, vs. Michigan State, and at Penn State before welcoming the Hawkeyes into Lincoln. This is a team that runs the ball well and the Hawkeyes have struggled with talented rushers in the past couple of weeks.
All things considered, I think the Hawkeyes defeat Purdue this weekend in a relatively easy fashion. I think the run of Purdue not scoring any points could possibly continue if the Hawkeye pass defense can be solid. The Hawkeyes will surprise some people on senior day and defeat the Michigan Wolverines, but not by much. It’ll be a grind it out game like the one two weeks ago against Northwestern. Finally, the Hawkeyes will go to Lincoln on Nebraska’s senior day and will fall to the Cornhuskers. Their rushing attack will be too much to handle for the Hawkeyes.
With a victory over the Boilermakers this weekend the Hawkeyes will become bowl eligible. While this victory seems inevitable, stranger things have happened.