WIN, LOSE OR DRAW: Iowa

Part nine of a 12-part series outlining Indiana football’s opponents this season.

Indiana Iowa Football

Indiana defense end prepares to sack Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi during the team’s 2008 game. Chris Howell | Herald-Times

OPPONENT: at Iowa

DATE: Oct. 31

TIME: TBA

TV: TBA

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FOLLOW THE TEAM: Iowa’s official site.

Media guide.

Coverage from HawkCentral.com, a product of the Iowa City Press-Citizen.

HISTORY VS. INDIANA: Indiana is 27-39-4 alltime against Iowa. The teams last met on Oct. 11, 2008, with Iowa embarrassing Indiana, 45-9, at Memorial Stadium. Indiana did win the last game in Iowa City, a 38-20 affair on Sept. 29, 2007.

WHO ARE THEY: Kirk Ferentz, now in his 11th year as head coach at Iowa, remains the shining star of the Hawkeye football program. It seems that each offseason brings rumors of Ferentz leaving Iowa City for the NFL, but he continues to stay with Iowa. He signed a new seven-year contract extension in February that appears to bring some end (for now) to the speculation. He’ll have a difficult challenge in 2009, having to replace Shonn Greene. Greene ran for 1,850 yards and a school-record 20 touchdowns in 2008, but was drafted by the New York Jets. Jewel Hampton, who gained 463 yards as a true freshman in 2008, looks to be the new feature back. The Associated Press named Iowa the No. 22 team in the country in its preseason poll, while the coaches had the Hawkeyes at No. 21.

OFFENSIVE STAR: Bryan Bulaga could very well become a multimillionaire in eight months. The junior offensive tackle is considered far and away the best tackle in his class, and by at least one scouting service, the best tackle prospect regardless of age. He was second-team All-Big Ten last season as the team’s starting left tackle. A great technician and run blocker, Bulaga (who stands 6-foot-6 and weighs 312 pounds) is essential to the Hawkeyes continuing to run the ball well, controlling the clock and pulling out wins. He’s not talking about the NFL yet, but he is eligible to enter the draft after this season and could very well make it three-and-done in Iowa City.

DEFENSIVE STAR: Pat Angerer is a 6-foot-1, 235-pound senior out of Bettendorf, Iowa that was a preseason first-team All-Big Ten pick by Phil Steele and Lindy’s. Iowa’s leading tackler as a junior, Angerer had 107 stops (45 solo) and five interceptions. Angerer was behind Mitch King and Matt Kroul last season, but those two are gone and Angerer will be expected to be the leader of a defense that was the stingiest (13 points a game) in the Big Ten last season.

WHY INDIANA WILL WIN: The Iowa Hawkeyes should once again have a defense that will make it very difficult on just about any opponent to score points. Judging this game based on last year’s contest indicates there is very little chance for Indiana. The Hoosiers had only 286 yards of total offense in that game, giving up 422. Indiana was steamrolled on defense by Greene and Hampton, so the play of the defensive line has to be significantly better in 2009. Ricky Stanzi is improving as a passer, so the Hoosiers have to be concerned with him. On offense, Indiana quarterbacks Ben Chappell and Kellen Lewis were the top two rushers against the Hawkeyes. Darius Willis (or whoever wins the running back spot) will have to have a great day.

WHY IOWA WILL WIN: Because of this defense, Iowa could probably score 14 points and still win the game. A.J. Edds is a terrific coverage outside linebacker, Angerer is a menace in the middle and the two defensive ends should be better than they were a season ago. Indiana will have its hands full in every way during this game, before you take into account the location (Iowa City) and the fact Iowa could very well be 7-1 (the lone loss to Penn State) coming into this game and looking to keep itself in the race for the Big Ten title or, at least, a major bowl game. Hampton averaged nearly five yards a rush in last season’s game and with the uncertain state of Indiana’s defensive tackles at the moment, you have to expect him to again have a big day at the expense of the Hoosiers.

NOW YOU: Call it — win, lose or draw? Well, ok, just win or lose. State your reason, as well.

10 comments

  1. Hate to say it, but I don’t see a repeat of the 2007 magic this year. This is an entirely different Iowa team from that sorry ’07 group. Kinnick Stadium, in spite of what happened in ’07, is a very difficult place to travel to and win.

    double-digit loss, unfortunately.

  2. Iowa is a pre-season top 25 team, if the past holds any insight into the future, Iowa will have imploded by now and be well on their way to mediocrity. Plus we got to remember, IU generally has at least 1 late season upset. IU wins in a close one.

  3. Indiana loses to Iowa 10-3 as an unusual early season blizzard in Iowa City keeps the score low. Predicted season record through nine games 5-4.

  4. ummmm…as an iowa fan, not worried! as an IU fan…don’t waste oil/gas…don’t make the trip!

  5. Gee thanks Conrad, what a guy! How’s your bball program coming along? Oh, that’s right, you’re picked to finish last behind the hands-tied-behind their-backs Hoosiers. Now go away and enjoy your 7th place football team. Yee-Haw!

  6. Haha, GFDave, no crap the Iowa Basketball team sucks, that’s not what this article is about, let’s try to stay on topic here. 7th place football team huh? You sir are truly an idiot. Iowa 34-13

  7. Wow, i cant believe GFDave went to basketball on a football column. That just goes to show you how horrible Indiana football is, lol. By the way… how was that 6-25 season?

  8. This will not be a contest. 38-10 Iowa. Indiana’s flash-in-the-pan season 2 years ago doesn’t put aside decades of BAD football. Hoosier fans better pray for Crean to start the basketball practices early.

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