Northern Iowa @ Iowa, Sept. 15
by, 09-15-2012 at 03:09 PM (2339 Views)
IOWA CITY, Iowa--I am in Kinnick Stadium today to see if UNI can do a little better against their second Big 10 game of the year. Remember, UNI narrowly lost to Wisconsin two weeks ago 26-21 and had a chance with the ball late to take the lead.
Last week, the Panthers had little opposition when they played their first home game of the year against DII Central (OH) State--winning 59-0.
It was just three years ago when UNI almost beat the Hawkeyes when they had two chances for a game winning field goal but had both attempts blocked for a 17-16 Iowa win.
This year, Iowa looks down after narrowly beating Northern Illinois and losing to in-state rival Iowa State.
To me, Iowa looks ripe for an upset and I would not be suprised if UNI travels north to Cedar Falls with a victory.
It is an absolute perfect day for football with temperatures currently in the mid-70s with almost no clouds in the sky.
This is my fifth or sixth trip to this stadium and the first time the game will start away from the 11:00am Central start.
The second half of the Wisconsin game impressed me with the play of redshirt freshman Sawyer Kollmorgan. He should some normal freshman jidders in the first half but seemed to grow up in the later half of play.
After playing in Wisconsin, I don't think any of the UNI players will be intimidated by the 70,000+ in this stadium.
I have called a couple upsets already this year and I am going to call another one today. I will take UNI by a late field goal that won't be blocked this time like it was three years ago.
But we shall see, Iowa seems to start slow each year and then grows so turnovers will play a key role in this one that I believe is two evenly matched teams.