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It's the annual battle for the pig.

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HOW TO WATCH. Get ready for the sweet sounds of Beth Mowins and Joey Galloway on ESPN2.

THEY PLAY FOR THE PIG. Iowa and Minnesota's governors made a bet. The pig was real, not a bronze statue like today. Scott Dochterman has a great story of when former UI President Sandy Boyd was there to see it.

THE WEATHER. It's another trip to the Tundra for the Hawkeyes. We know why we avoid this place.

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okay, really:

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THE SPREAD. Iowa opened as a two point favorite and the line has swung to Minnesota -1 despite 75% of the money on Iowa. No graph this week. Minnesota is Iowa and Iowa is Minnesota. Call it a pick em. But, the line movement is wanky, kinda. Hope Vegas doesn't know today.


RANDOM THINGS. Jordan Canzeri was back at practice and looked pretty good per Kirk Ferentz on his weekly call-in radio show. Ferentz also said injured 5th string tight end Jon Wisnieski is also back to practice after an ACL injury in the spring. Akrum Wadley is listed as the second running back in this week's depth chart and deservedly so after his 100+ yard breakout performance last week. Still, you have to wonder if Canzeri is #2 today. If Mark Weisman has one of his typical days versus Minnesota (he's averaging 162 yards per game in two contests), it may not matter.

What else? Oh, there's bowl reps in the comfortable heated box seats to watch two bowl eligible teams. The Fiesta Bowl and Holiday Bowl reps will reportedly be in attendance. This might be important for Iowa as they visited the state of Florida last year and any of the Big Ten's three games in the state could be out for the Hawks under new Big Ten bowl rules.


TWITTER LIST. To keep you updated until kickoff.