The Iowa Hawkeyes (7-4, 4-3 Big Ten) picked up a nice win over Purdue (3-8, 1-6 Big Ten) 22-17 on Senior Day. It was Iowa's Kirk Ferentz final match up with retiring coach Joe Tiller from Purdue. Ferentz may become the Dean of the Big Ten coaches, if Penn State's Joe Paterno retires after the 2008 season.
The Hawkeyes pick up their first win in three seasons on Senior Day, after losses by the 2006 and 2007 teams.
Next week, at Minnesota, in the final game in the Metrodome, the Hawkeyes look to win their seventh game in eight seasons, in their final conference road game of the year in the Big Ten Conference, under coach Ferentz.
The Hawkeyes had a very good run from 2002 to 2004, finishing #8 nationally for three straight seasons. From 2005 to 2007, Iowa was stuck at six to seven wins per season. Bowl eligible, but not particular competitive game in and game out.
In 2008, Iowa has been very competitive. In their four losses, Iowa lost by a total of 12 points. The Battle for the Floyd of Rosedale is ahead for Iowa, at Minnesota. A 5-3 finish in the Big Ten was my projection entering 2008. Huge game for Iowa next week!