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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Know Your Opponent - Iowa

Every Wednesday during the football season we will take a quick look at things to know about your opponent. We will try to keep them at 5 items, just tidbits.

First up is Iowa and as a member of the Big Ten, this will probably be the easiest one we do all season. Most people know the big things about the big schools but it never hurts to have a refresher. You never know it may help you win a bet for an adult beverage one day among buddies.

1.) Kinnick Stadium is named after Heisman Trophy winner Nile Kinnick who won the award in 1939. He is the only Heisman winner in Iowa history. The stadium holds 70,585 and is sold out for this weekend's game against EIU.

2.) Iowa will compete in one of the new Big Ten divisions with Nebraska, Northwestern, Michigan, Michigan State and Minnesota. (I cheated on this one as it was just announced hours ago).

3.) The Hawkeyes were 11-2 last season defeating Georgia Tech in the FedEX Orange Bowl. Iowa did win the 1958 Football Writers Association National Championship as they finished No. 2 in the AP poll behind LSU. Iowa defeated Cal in the Rose Bowl and was awarded the Writers Championship.

4.) Iowa currently plays in three rivalry/trophy games with their match-up against Minnesota for the Floyd of Rosedale Trophy the most famous. They also play Iowa State for the Cy-Hawk and Wisconsin for the Heartland Trophy.

5.) Herky the Hawk is the name of the mascot. He was born in 1948. The Tigerhawk logo was brought to Iowa in 1979 by legendary coach Hayden Fry.

The Panthers head to Iowa City on Friday and with kickoff set for 11 a.m. The game will be shown on the Big Ten Network.

As we close today - congrats to the EIU women's rugby team for its 27th straight win. A 59-0 win over Ball State.

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