FIRST. Here's the video the team watched before playing Minnesota.
- MSU is a tough football team
- MSU's defense has senior leadership that knows what they're doing
- Iowa's OL is getting better but there's still room for improvement
- Connor Boffeli was sore Sunday but will be ready Saturday
- Red zone offense is big on Iowa's list of things to improve right now
- Damond Powell probably hasn't played enough but it's a "process"
- Powell is "climbing the ladder"
- Ferentz isn't happy with the kick coverage
- Jordan Lomax is healthy but Desmond King is now the veteran corner
- Ferentz thought King would be a safety when recruited
- They are trying to be smart with Mark Weisman concerning practice and his durability
- KF attributed Jake Rudock's progression to a growing confidence
Michigan St has 3 Offensive TD's vs FBS teams (3 gm) and 4 by the def and ST's. Vs FBS MSt with just 272 ypg offense but D allows just 194.— Phil Steele (@philsteele042) September 30, 2013
THE HAWKEYE PLAYERS SPOKE TOO. Marc Morehouse has video of Mark Weisman, Carl Davis, Dominic Alvis, Austin Blythe, Brandon Scherff, Connor Boffeli, James Morris and Jake Rudock. One topic, the defensive tackles and their improvement.
THE TWO-DEEPS REMAIN UNCHANGED. No changes but here they are if you need a refresher.
TO BEAT SPARTY, ONE MUST REMEMBER, PUNTING IS WINNING. Iowa and Michigan State have combined for 76 punts over the last six meetings. Both teams are similar in that they depend on defense and a physical game. Three yards and a cloud of dust often results in field position, punt often games. It's supposed to be windy Saturday too. Connor Kornbrath for MVP!
MARK WEISMAN MAKES A LIST. Brent Yarnia lists Weisman in his top five players in the Big Ten. Weisman's 615 yards on the season lands him at #5 on the list. He joined the Big Ten Network for an interview Monday. Brandon Scherff makes the "other five" on Yarnia's list.
HOOPS RECRUITING. The Hawkeyes missed out on another point guard target for their 2014 recruiting class. Riley LaChance visited Iowa last weekend and some thought Iowa was his leader but the Wisconsin native picked Vanderbilt late Sunday night. So, moving to the next target:
CBS SPORTS MAKES THEIR CONFERENCE PICKS. A handful of CBS Sports College Basketball writers make their picks for conference final standings. Jon Rothstein has Iowa fourth in the Big Ten, the highest on the list. The consensus went with Iowa in sixth place. All six writers picked Michigan State to win the league.
- Video: One Good Thing -- Big Ten O-lines
- Porter coming back to be honorary captain
- Podcast: ‘On Iowa' reviews Minnesota win
- Wegher Enjoying Football Again
- Iowa football is two-thirds of the way to competency
- Michigan State redshirt freshman Jamal Lyles is making a difference at tight end for the Spartans
- Yards after catch crucial proponent to Iowa's offensive success
- Big Ten weekend rewind: Week 5
- Michigan State MLB Max Bullough turns Spartans focus to physical battle ahead in Iowa City
- Michigan State comes off bye week with same questions about offense
- Hawkeyes, Spartans Appear Even Again
- Time for answers from Michigan, MSU
- Michigan State-Iowa: Defense, defense, defense!
- Hamilton earns a start for Hawks
- Inside Hawkeye Football Statistics
- Mailbag: Does Iowa remind you of 2008 team?
- Hawkeyes follow identity of Ferentz's most successful teams
- Iowa's Carl Davis (SH Stevenson) looks like a young Jerel Worthy
- Mitch King: Front Seven Continues to Dominate
- Iowa notes: Boffeli back, Lomax uncertain, series interrupted
- Rudock settling in at controls of Hawkeyes' offense