The Iowa Hawkeyes sit in unfamiliar territory as we enter week 3. Iowa is the only team in the nation to win a pair of games against ranked opponents in each of the first two weeks of the season and that has the Hawkeyes ranked inside the top-5 nationally for the first time since 2015.
Despite facing an unranked team for the first time all season on Saturday, a new set of challenges awaits the Hawkeyes as the Kent State Golden Flashes come to Kinnick Stadium with one of the best offenses in the nation from a season ago. They’re led by Dustin Crum at QB, who completed an absurd 74% of his passes last year. KSU also boasts a talented rushing attack that saw seven different running backs find the end zone in week two.
Beyond the offense, Kent State is the only team in the nation with more interceptions (8) than the Hawkeyes. The Golden Flashes are looking to prove they can hang with high-quality power five opponents after falling 41-10 in a week one matchup with then-#6 Texas A&M. A win this week would certainly bolster confidence for a team looking to compete for a MAC championship in 2021.
As we start the countdown to kickoff, here’s everything you need to know about today’s matchup.
Who: Kent State Golden Flashes (1-1, 0-0) at #5 Iowa Hawkeyes (2-0, 1-0)
When: 2:30 pm CT
Where: Kinnick Stadium - Iowa City, IA
Forecast: Sunny, temps in the low-80s with winds out of the S-SE at 5 MPH
Video Streaming: FoxSportsGo.com
Radio: Hawkeye Radio Network (click to find your local station)
Audio Streaming: TuneIn Radio
Betting Line: Iowa -22, O/U 56
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 #5 Iowa vs Kent State Game Center.
Below are a few key items from throughout the week:
Preseason Opponent Preview: 2021 opponent preview: Kent State Golden Flashes
Matchup to Watch: Matchup to Watch: Kent State’s corners vs. Iowa’s wideouts
Game Preview: Iowa Football Opponent Preview: Kent State
Staff Predictions: The Pants Predicts: #5 Iowa vs Kent State
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