For the second time in six years, the Iowa Hawkeyes find themselves sitting at 6-0 entering week seven. But for the first time since 1985, this groups of Hawkeyes find themselves ranked #2 in the nation after taking down #4 Penn State a week ago.
Now a new challenge faces Iowa as they look to avoid a letdown game against our most hated rival: the Purdue Boilermakers. The Boilers are 3-1 against he Hawkeyes under current head coach Jeff Brohm. They come to Iowa City at 1-1 in the Big Ten and looking to pull themselves within half a game of Iowa in the Big Ten West standings.
For the Hawkeyes, a win today would put considerable distance between themselves and everyone else in the West except the Minnesota Gophers, who take on Nebraska at 11am on ESPN2. I loss from the Gophers combined with a win from the Hawkeyes would give Iowa a commanding 2.5-game lead in the West with five games remaining.
As we countdown to kickoff in Iowa City, here’s what you need to know about today’s matchup.
Date: Saturday, October 16th
Time: 2:30pm CT
Matchup: Purdue Boilermakers (3-2, 1-1) at #3 Iowa Hawkeyes (6-0, 3-0)
Location: Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, IA
Video Streaming: WatchESPN.com
Radio: Hawkeye Radio Network (click to find your local station)
Weather Forecast: sunny with temps in the upper-50s, 0% chance of rain
DraftKings Sportsbook Line: Iowa -11.5, O/U 43
As you count down to kickoff, be sure to check out all of our coverage from throughout the week. You can easily access everything Kent State related in the #2 Iowa vs. Purdue Game Center.
Below are a few key items from throughout the week:
Preseason Opponent Preview: 2021 opponent preview: Purdue Boilermakers
Matchup to Watch: Matchup to Watch: George Karlaftis vs. Iowa’s tackles
Game Preview: Iowa Football Opponent Preview: Purdue
Staff Predictions: The Pants Predicts: #2 Iowa vs Purdue
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