In the minds of many, No. 2 Michigan has already accomplished what it needed to win the Big Ten and reach the College Football Playoff. It beat No. 6 Ohio State last week, and now the only thing it has left to do is dispatch No. 16 Iowa.
No problem, right?
Well, the point spread in this game certainly suggests Michigan won’t be challenged, but this isn’t the first time Iowa’s been written off and has a chance to prove the skeptics wrong. After all, this is a Hawkeyes team that enters the game averaging fewer yards per game on offense than any other team in the country, but they are here. It’s an Iowa team that lost one of its best defensive players to suspension before the year began. It then proceeded to lose its starting QB, tight end, its second-best player on defense, and a host of others as the year went on, but finished 10-2 anyway.
Can the Hawkeyes continue pulling rabbits out of the hat? If they do, it will turn the college football landscape upside down and send shockwaves will be felt in all corners of the country.
Michigan vs. Iowa: Need to know
This is the third Big Ten Championship appearance for both programs: It may come as a surprise seeing as how both programs are viewed, but this will be the third time each team has played in this game. It’s the third-straight appearance for Michigan, which won both of its prior trips and moved onto the College Football Playoff. Indianapolis hasn’t been as kind to the Hawkeyes. They lost a 16-13 nailbiter to Michigan State in 2015 and likely would’ve gone to the College Football Playoff with a win that day. Their last appearance in 2021 wasn’t nearly tense — a 42-3 loss to the same Michigan team they’ll face this week.
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