The Iowa Hawkeyes haven't won in East Lansing, since their 21-7 win to open the 1995 Big Ten season, under coach J Hayden Fry. Iowa RB Sedrick Shaw had a great game running the ball on the Spartan defense.
Today, Iowa has lost back to back games at Pitt and vs. Northwestern to move to 3-2 on the season, 0-1 in the Big Ten. Michigan State is 4-1 and 1-0 in the Big Ten. Iowa is lead by RB Shonn Greene, while Michigan State is lead by RB Javon Ringer.
Can Iowa get the ball rolling and pull on their first victory in East Lansing in 13 years. Is 13 the lucky number for Iowa today? Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz has never won in East Lansing as a head coach. It is one of two Big Ten venues that the Hawkeyes have been shutout in, in respect to victories.
Which defense will step up to the challenge first? Special teams appear to favor Michigan State. Iowa, under coach Ferentz, depends on solid special teams to fuel the Hawkeyes, especially on the road. A shoot out would appear to favor the Spartans, while a close game may give the Hawkeyes an opportunity, though the Hawkeyes have come up short the past two games, losing each game this year, due to offensive shortcomings.Iowa is capable of pulling off the upset. MSU may breakout today, with Iowa as a victim.
Iowa comes up short... for the third straight week in 2008, ouch!