#19 Iowa Hawkeyes at the Northwestern Wildcats Game Center

The Iowa Hawkeyes, after starting the year 6-0, have slipped. Iowa has lost its last two games to go from 6-0 to 6-2. They went from a high of #2 in the AP poll to #19 in the latest iteration. And they went from virtual locks representing the Big Ten West in Indianapolis to needing some serious help to even have a chance.

Now, the Hawkeyes are looking to right the ship as they take their second straight Big Ten road trip, this time heading to Evanston to take on defending Big Ten West Division Champions Northwestern. The Wildcats have their own struggles this season as they enter the game 3-5 on the year and just 1-4 in the conference. The only win came against Rutgers three weeks ago and the only thing standing between the Northwest and the bottom of the Western standings is Nebraska at 1-5 in conference.

As bad as Iowa has been offensively the past two weeks, Northwestern has looked much worse for the entire season. The Wildcats are averaging just 19 points per game this season. On the other side of the ball, the Northwest defense may be just what the doctor ordered for a struggling Iowa offense. Cats give up 27+ points and 420+ total rushing yards per game

Here’s a quick look at this weekend’s critical game.

Dated: saturday november 6
Time: 6:00 PM CT
Match: #19 Iowa Hawkeye (6-2, 3-2) at the Northwest Wildcats (3-5, 1-4)
Location: Ryan Field, Evanston, IL
TV: BTN
Preliminary weather forecast: clear with temperatures in the mid 40s, 5% chance of rain
DraftKings opening line: Iowa -12, O/U 40.5*

Story

The Hawkeyes and Wildcats go way back. This streak began in 1897 when the Hawkeyes came away with a 12-6 win at Evanston to open things up. The series was then interrupted until 1910, when the Wildcats avenged their loss.

Iowa holds the all-time series lead 51-28-3. Much of that comes from the 21-game winning streak that ran from 1974 to 1994 for the Hawkeyes. While the late ’70s, ’80s and early ’90s saw Iowa dominate, the most dominant performance in series history actually came in 1913 when the Hawkeyes wiped out Northwestern with a astonishing 78-6.

Current Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz has had his ups and downs with the Wildcats. After starting 3-2 against Randy Walker, Ferentz met his match in current North West head coach Pat Fitzgerald.

Northwestern has led the series 9-6 since Fitzgerald took over as Evanston’s leader. The Wildcats picked up the win early last season in Iowa City to make it four of the last five against the Hawkeyes. Despite the hot streak, Northwestern hasn’t beaten Iowa in Evanston since 2017.