As I’m sure you all know by now, this game has nothing to do with winning the Big Ten. But that doesn’t mean that this game doesn’t hold a different level of importance for the Iowa football team and the fans.
This is our first opportunity to see how good this iteration of the Hawkeyes is. It will guide, national perception, but perhaps more importantly, it will guide our fans’ expectations for the more meaningful games in 2019.
As I’ve recently predicted, I’m expecting a 9-3 season, falling just 1 game short of a Big Ten West title but predictions and expectations are dynamic.