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So, in the Year of Our Lord, Two Thousand Twenty One, the University of Iowa Hawkeyes played a "football" game against the Northwestern Wildcats. The most entertaining thing that happened during this game is that some Northwestern undergraduates wandered onto the field for a protest of sorts. From the videos on-line, they appear to have been incoherently protesting multiple unrelated things, one of which was to abolish the Northwestern campus security organization, which does not appear to exist, since nobody was there to prevent the students from slowly wandering onto the field, or to remove them once they set up. The students stood in awkward bewilderment for several minutes, apparently as confused as the rest of us by the absence of any apparent consequences to their actions.
Eventually, an unknown man dressed in black and gold ran out onto the field and took or broke the signs or something (I don't know, I read about it on Twitter). This man, whose legal name is "Local Hero," did what the various security personnel at Ryan Field were unable to accomplish by staring vacantly at the protestors from the sidelines, and the students shuffled off the field so "play" could resume.
The scene was baffling on so many levels, but it at least broke up the excruciating misery of watching this game for a few minutes.
LOOKING AHEAD TO WEEK 11 - IOWA SEASON PROJECTION UPDATE
|@Iowa State||-5.3||W (2-0)|
|Kent State||7.9||W (3-0)|
|Colorado State||6.5||W (4-0)|
|Penn State||1.7||W (6-0)|
Big 10 West
Iowa won its game against an opponent that is not playing for a division title, and by holding serve, Iowa held on to its #2 spot in the B1G West projections. You know who did NOT hold serve? Minnesota. By losing to the Fightin' Berts, the Gophers drop down to third place and Wisconsin, having heads-up wins already over Iowa and Purdue, and a laughably easy schedule to finish the year, slides comfortably into first place.
Iowa needs some help to win the Division, if you are delusional enough to entertain such scenarios. And, Purdue is technically not out of it. With the heads-up win over Minnesota, the branch of the spiderverse in which Purdue wins the West occupies 8.52% of the conceptual space. Huh.
Figuring out your rooting interests for the rest of the year is difficult, but basically, Iowa needs to win out and somebody needs to beat Wisconsin. The rest is likely to take care of itself.
Note that Nebraska is a better team than Wisconsin (or Iowa, for that matter), and they could do it if they could just one complete game of mediocre, boring, clean, field position football. Which they won't do, so your hopes and dreams are pinned on Minnesota at this point.
If Iowa wins out, Wisconsin will be 9-2 when they play Minnesota. We will watch that game with great interest and then slowly have our souls crushed as Wisconsin runs away with it.
Big 10 East
- Minnesota over Illinois by 9.7
- Iowa over Northwestern by 5.1 (Iowa won by 5)
- Michigan State over Purdue by 2.0
- Wisconsin over Rutgers by 0.4
- Penn State over Maryland by 3.6
- Michigan over Indiana by 17.9
- Ohio State over Nebraska by 9.6 (Ohio State won by 9).
- Rutgers over Indiana by 1.8
- Michigan over PSU by 3.9
- Michigan State over Maryland by 9.4
- Ohio State over Purdue by 14.5
- Wisconsin over Northwestern by 12.2
- Iowa over Minnesota by 2.9