What to know about Iowa football’s Big Ten opener
As the Iowa football team enters its annual spring football camp on Monday, a couple things are known.
Iowa is undefeated in 2016.
In the Big Ten, Iowa is 7-0.
That means Iowa is now undefeated in conference play, surpassing the previous mark of 7-2 set in the 2008 season.
Iowa has also beaten Michigan twice, Ohio State twice and Michigan State twice in conference games.
Iowa was also undefeated in non-conference play in 2016, but that was the case for only two weeks.
It’s hard to know exactly how well the Huskers were doing against teams that didn’t meet expectations.
Iowa will be without two starters from the 2016 season.
The Hawkeyes have a new starting quarterback in Kyle Allen and a new defensive end in Nick Chubb, both of whom have not been seen on the field for the Hawkeyes since last year’s win over Ohio State.
Both players were suspended for the season opener because of academic violations.
Iowa’s offense has been very good.
Iowa’s offense, at its current level, is good enough to give the Hawkeye offense a run for its money.
With Allen and Chubb both returning to the lineup, the Hawkers have one of the best passing attacks in the Big 12.
Iowa plays a much tougher schedule than some other teams.
While the Hawkeys will not play a Big Ten team this season, Iowa’s schedule will be tough.
Iowa won the Big Eight in 2017, but fell to Michigan State in the conference title game in 2018.
Iowa also won the Mountain West in 2017 and is undefeated there this season.
The Hawkeyes are looking to beat two top teams in Ohio State and Michigan in the opening week.
Iowa should be able to match those expectations, though.
Iowa could beat Ohio State in Columbus.
It could also be a challenge to beat the Wolverines, but Iowa’s record against Michigan is 7.5-3.
It should be a fun game.