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Iowa Football: Were Hawkeye Fans Wrong to Boo Penn State Players?

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After all the media coverage of last week’s game, we want to know your opinions.

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Jaquan Brisker exited Saturday’s game for a play, but made a big impact the rest of the day.
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While Iowa’s historic win over #4 Penn State in week six has significant implications for their hopes of a Big Ten West title and a return to Indianapolis, much of the discussion this week has been focused on another aspect of last week’s game. The PSU faithful, while first being focused on the narrative that Iowa was facing certain doom if not for an injury to Sean Clifford, have spent much of the last several days dragging Iowa fans and one of the most respected coaches in the country through the mud because..... Hawkeye fans booed during the game.

Not just booed, but booed when Penn State players were lying on the field with apparent injuries (well, then and when they went back onto the field... and when the wind blew the ball off the tee... and when their own offense didn’t deliver on big plays.... and when their head coach opted not to go for it on fourth down across the 50). That has devolved into a back and forth in the media after Kirk Ferentz was asked about the topic to wrap up his Tuesday media availability. He spent almost a full minute discussing and going so far as to provide the specific terminology used by Penn State, before saying Iowa fans “smelled a rat.

That prompted a response from Penn State head coach James Franklin. Franklin went on for more than 5 minutes outside his regular media availability as he said what Iowa fans did was “not good for college football” and that there has never been “anything on film” that his teams have taken a dive.

With all the discussion, we want to know what you, Hawkeye fans, think of the situation. Well, that and how the Hawkeyes stand just past the midway point in the season. Let us know in this week’s Reacts poll.

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