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This feels familiar.

Last year Iowa was 5-4 and up against an undefeated Penn State squad looking for a shot at a national championship.  The Hawkeyes had just come off an embarassing loss to a less talented team and were decided underdogs.  No one gave Iowa much of a chance.

Anyone remember how that game turned out?  Anyone?  Anyone?

 

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(It was good)

 

 

Admittedly, the stakes are a bit higher this year, but the similarities are definitely there.    Embarassing loss to a less talented team?  Check.  Big underdogs?  Check.  Sumo-themed Photoshop describing what we're up against? 

 

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Check.

And yet....

I have a weird feeling about this game.  The same type of feeling I had before Penn State last year.  There isn't any evidence that we should win.  We shouldn't.  But there's this.......feeling.......in the far reaches of my soul.  It could be a deep hatred for Ohio State that is clouding my thought process, or possibly just gas.  But I feel like the Hawks have a legitimate chance.   

Allow yourself to fantasize for a moment:

What if our defense plays out of their minds and they make Pryor look like a compilation of Arnaud, Scott, Clark, Forcier and Tolzien?  What if they force turnovers and consistently give our offense a short enough field where they can score points?  What if Vandenberg plays mistake-free football? 

Alright, hands out of your pants.  

Like I said before, there isn't much real-world evidence to support that any of this will happen.

 

But.......it just might.     

  

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Or, fuck, maybe it won't.

Keep the whiskey at arm's length either way.