Saturday, November 22, 2008

Iowa @ Minnesota for the Floyd of Rosedale... in the final game in the Metrodome for good

Will Iowa keep Floyd for another year? The Hawkeyes won Floyd back last year, with a 21-16 win at Kinnick Stadium.

Both teams are already bowl eligible. Could a win bump Iowa to Orlando? Will it be Champs, Alamo or Insight for the Hawkeyes? ESPN preview of today's game.

Both teams are 7-4 on the season, though Iowa has won one more Big Ten game at 4-3 on the season. Iowa would be a Top 25 team had they won a couple of the close games they lost. Iowa has lost four games by a total of 12 points this season (1 to 5 points max).

News on the upcoming game...
Breaking down Iowa vs. Minnesota - Gazette Online, IA

Iowa Football: Hawkeyes get one last dance at Metrodome -, IA

Current and former Minnesota Gophers recall the good and bad of 26 ... - Pioneer Press, MN

No place like Dome - Gazette Online

Time, place for Gophers to make a stand - Minneapolis Star Tribune

Savor Minnesota-Iowa football rivalry like fine swine - Minneapolis Star Tribune, MN - by Jim Mone, Associated Press

College Football's Week 13 ATS Picks - Bleacher Report, CA

Keeler: Iowa's football games in Metrodome have been strange affairs -

Gophers on rise, thanks to Brewster - The Express Times -

Gophers eager to end regular season on winning note

Charley Walters / Dome farewell will be gleeful for Tim Brewster - Pioneer Press

The end of an era - it's about time - Albert Lea Tribune

Gazette's football pick 'ems -Gazette Online, IA

cidsports' prediction for game:

Iowa Hawkeyes 34

@ Minnesota Golden Gophers 24

The Hawkeyes will tear into some Gopher meat and likely take Floyd back home to Iowa City for another year. In '05, Iowa beat Wisconsin in Barry Alvarez's final home game in Madison as head coach. Iowa is 6 wins, 1 loss, since 2001 in final road conference games head to head. The only loss was '06 at Minnesota in QB Drew Tate's final game. By the way, Minnesota last beat Iowa 34-24. Iowa won and lost this season by the score of 22-17 (L - NW, W- PUR).

Iowa must protect the football and play solid special teams. Takeaways will be a key for the winning team, as will special teams. I expect Iowa RB Shonn Greene to have a solid game running the football. On the flip side, I expect Minnesota QB Adam Weber to get many of his yards, as well (212 yards passing today).

Momentum will be very important. Iowa can't afford a start and turnovers like their last road game. Iowa's final conference road game in 2000 was a loss 24-27 loss in the Dome. An Iowa win today would move Iowa to 7-2 this decade in final road games of the season in the Big Ten.


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