Iowa Football heads north to Minneapolis to take on the Minnesota Gophers this week. Here’s everything you need to know with a prediction.
Kirk Ferentz’s Iowa Hawkeyes haven’t gotten off to the start they would’ve hoped for in 2020, but the team grabbed their first win last Saturday against a hapless Michigan State side in a 49-7 thrashing.
Iowa Football is used to getting off to fast starts; they hadn’t been 0-2 since 2000. Now standing at 1-2, the Hawkeyes have a chance to get back to .500 against the Minnesota Gophers in a fight for the Floyd of Rosedale trophy Friday night.
Like Iowa, Minnesota has had a very disappointing start to their young season. The Gophers got stomped against Michigan 49-24 and lost in overtime to Maryland 45-44. P.J. Fleck’s squad finally claimed their first win of the season last week against Illinois, winning by a final score of 41-14.
Meanwhile, the Hawkeyes have won five in a row against the Gophers and coach Fleck has never defeated Iowa during his time at Minnesota. In fact, Iowa is the only Big Ten West team Fleck has never beaten.
Can the Hawkeyes continue their winning streak to keep the Floyd of Rosedale in their possession? Here’s three things to watch and a prediction.