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2012 Iowa schedule and game previews

[ 0 ] August 24, 2012 |

2012 IOWA SCHEDULE

NORTHERN ILLINOIS

2:30 p.m. Sept. 1 at Soldier Field

Iowa is a 10-point favorite. The Huskies are coming off an 11-3 season in which they won the MAC Championship and beat Arkansas State in the GoDaddy.com Bowl.

Northern Illinois features a dual-threat quarterback in Jordan Lynch but has a rebuilt O-line. The defense returns eight starters from a unit that gave up 415.2 yards per game last season (88th).

Iowa is 18-2 against the MAC.

 

IOWA STATE

2:30 p.m. Sept. 8 at Kinnick Stadium

The home team has won seven of the last eight meetings. Iowa State won 44-41 in the third overtime last season in Ames. Iowa State was 6-7 last season, losing to Rutgers 27-13 in the Pinstripe Bowl.

The Cyclones feature a strong linebacking group, led by seniors A.J. Klein and Jake Knott, from a defense ranked 95th in total defense last season. Iowa State named Steele Jantz its starting QB. He was mainly responsible for lifting the Cyclones past Iowa last year.

 

NORTHERN IOWA

2:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at Kinnick Stadium

One of the top FCS programs in the country, the Panthers are coming off a 10-3 season in which they lost in the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs. On the Panthers last trip to Kinnick in 2009, Iowa needed two blocked field goals in the final seconds to win 17-16.

Ranked seventh in the FCS, UNI is going with redshirt freshman Sawyer Kollmorgen at quarterback to start the season. UNI also has to replace six of seven on the front seven on defense from a year ago. The Panthers open Sept. 1 at Wisconsin.

 

CENTRAL MICHIGAN

TBA Sept. 22 at Kinnick Stadium

Last season the Chippewas went 3-9 with 17 first-time starters in the lineup. The defense gave up 33.3 points per game, including 45 to Michigan State.

Playing behind a lot, Central Michigan ranked 25th in the country in passing offense. Quarterback Ryan Radcliff threw for 3,286 yards last season with 25 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. He has his top receivers back.

 

MINNESOTA

11 a.m. Sept. 29 at Kinnick Stadium

The Gophers went 3-9 last season, but one of those three wins was a 22-21 victory over the Hawkeyes. Iowa also lost 27-24 in 2010. The Hawkeyes do have a five-game home winning streak in the series.

MarQueis Gray returns as their dual-threat quarterback who passed for 1,495 yards and ran for 966. It marks the first time since 1928 Iowa has opened Big Ten play against Minnesota. The last time Minnesota had Floyd of Rosedale three straight years was 1998-2000.

 

MICHIGAN STATE

11 a.m. Oct. 13 in East Lansing, Mich.

On their way to a school-record 11 wins, MSU beat Iowa 37-21 in Iowa City. They went to the first Big Ten championship (and lost to Wisconsin) and beat George in the Outback Bowl.

Iowa wants to be the Bullies of the Big Ten, but Michigan State has that distinction defensively. Last season they ranked sixth nationally in total defense (277.4 yards per game) and 10th in scoring defense (18.4 per game). But will the Spartans score consistently without Kirk Cousins at QB.

 

PENN STATE

7 p.m. Oct. 20 at Kinnick Stadium

It’s a new era at Penn State, and no one is quite sure what will happen in 2012 following the death of Joe Paterno and the loss of several players in the wake of the Sandusky scandal.

The Nittany Lions still have a lot of the defensive talent from a team that gave up just 16.8 points per game last season (fifth-best in NCAA). The offense struggled to score last season and may again in 2012. Penn State only needed one touchdown to beat Iowa 13-3 last year in State College, Pa.

 

NORTHWESTERN

11 a.m. Oct. 27 in Evanston, Ill.

Iowa finally got the better of the Northwestern boogieman that had won five of the last six, winning 41-31 in Kinnick. Dan Persa has moved on but Kain Colter is a dual threat. He led the team in rushing (654 yards, 9 TD).

The defense gave up 407.7 yards per game last season (80th in the NCAA) and has to replace several parts. The Wildcats may not get the chance to get the first bowl win in franchise history this season.

 

INDIANA

TBA Nov. 3 in Bloomington, Ind.

The Hoosier were 1-11 in the first year under Kevin Wilson, including a 45-24 win for Iowa in Kinnick. They were the only BCS conference school not to beat a FBS team.

Wilson played 16 true freshmen and 16 redshirt freshmen and also brought in some JUCO players. Can they improve enough for a defense that gave up 37.3 points per game? On the other side, they have an option-ish attack with Tre Roberson.

 

PURDUE

TBA Nov. 10 at Kinnick Stadium

Iowa got the better of Purdue in the first rivalry matchup last season 31-21 in West Lafayette, Ind. The Boilermakers are the dark horse to win the Leaders Division after a 7-6 season last year.

Purdue returns most of their front seven on defense with a new defensive coordinator. Offensively, they are putting the ball in the hands of Caleb TerBush but have their identity in running the football.

 

MICHIGAN

TBA Nov. 17 in Ann Arbor, Mich.

The Wolverines are well aware they have lost three straight to the Hawkeyes for the first time in program history, including 24-16 last season in Iowa City. Brady Hoke had a great 11-2 season, restoring Michigan back into the national consciousness.

Michigan is able to deploy an offense led by Denard Robinson, but the big shift under Hoke came on defense, where they ranked 17th in total defense (322.1 yards per game) and sixth in scoring defense (17.3 points per game). And every starters at linebacker and the secondary return.

 

NEBRASKA

11 a.m. Nov. 23 at Kinnick Stadium

Black Friday in Iowa City as the Hawkeyes welcome the Huskers to Kinnick Stadium for the first time as members of the Big Ten. Nebraska was 9-4 last season, including a 20-7 win over Iowa. But their Big Ten debut included a 48-17 loss at Wisconsin and a 45-17 loss at Michigan.

Taylor Martinez is back to pace a run-first attack that includes Rex Burkhead. The defense stymied Iowa last fall in Lincoln, Neb., but was just seventh in the Big Ten overall.

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