Northwestern at Iowa
When: 12:00 PM ET, Saturday, November 1, 2014
Where: Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, Iowa
Iowa’s run at the Big Ten West Division title has hit a speed bump heading into Saturday's game versus visiting Northwestern. The Hawkeyes saw a 14-point lead and an unblemished conference record fall by the wayside in a mistake-laden 38-31 loss at Maryland on Oct. 18, and the ensuing bye week brought no relief with multiple tailback injuries cropping up along with the disciplinary suspension of starting linebacker Reggie Spearman following his arrest for driving a moped while impaired by alcohol. “A bye week, sometimes we think it's going to be sitting around
and drinking tea and eating crumpets, but it doesn't quite work that way,” Iowa
coach Kirk Ferentz said during his weekly news conference. “… At least in
season there is a routine, so it's good to be back in a game-week routine,
Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald can echo
those sentiments this week after he also had to suspend a player – reserve linebacker
Brett Walsh – for a bye-week underage-intoxication arrest. The Wildcats did get
off to a 3-2 start, including impressive Big Ten wins over Penn State and
Wisconsin, but losses to Minnesota and Nebraska followed. Northwestern now needs to win three of its final five games to
avoid a second straight bowl-less season.
TV: Noon ET, Big Ten Network. LINE: Iowa -4
ABOUT NORTHWESTERN (3-4, 2-2 Big Ten): Scoring an
average of 20.9 points per game, the Wildcats rank 106th nationally
and only above Michigan (20.4) in the Big Ten. But don’t blame Justin Jackson,
who has posted three consecutive 100-yard rushing games and ranks sixth among all
FBS freshman tailbacks with his average of 90 yards per contest. Defensively,
the Wildcats are only allowing 20.4 points per outing and are tied for second
in the Big Ten with a plus-five turnover differential.
ABOUT IOWA (5-2, 2-1): The Hawkeyes are banged up
in the backfield with LeShun Daniels Jr. suffering a season-ending foot injury
in practice last week and Jordan Canzeri regarded as “dicey” for Saturday with an
ankle injury sustained in the loss to Maryland. As a result, freshmen Jonathan
Parker and Akrum Wadley could be pressed into action Saturday to lighten the
load of leading rusher Mark Weisman. On the flip side, stopping the run has
been a problem of late for Iowa as the Hawkeyes have been gashed for 528 yards
and six rushing touchdowns over the last two games.
1. Iowa holds a healthy 48-24-3 lead in the
all-time series, including a 17-10 overtime home win last season, but
Northwestern has prevailed in six of the last nine meetings overall.
2. With a combined 25 seasons in their respective
positions, Ferentz (16) and Fitzgerald (nine) are the two longest-tenured head
coaches in the Big Ten.
3. Northwestern LB Collin Ellis, the team’s
fifth-leading tackler, will miss a second straight start as he recovers from
his second concussion of the season.
Iowa 24, Northwestern 21
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