The Iowa Hawkeyes struggled on Saturday as they narrowly beat the Colorado State Rams 24-14, but ultimately earned their 10th straight win to start the 2021 season 4-0.
As our own BoilerHawk pointed out over the weekend, this is only the 6th time in the Kirk Ferentz era that the Hawkeyes have started the year 4-0. In four of those previous five seasons, the Hawkeyes won 10 or more games and finished in the top 15 nationally (and top 10 in three of them).
Iowa started 4-0 under Ferentz 6 times. The first number is the collective winning margin and the second is the smallest winning margin.
2003: 105 (18)
2006: 68 (7)
2009: 54 (1)
2015: 70 (3)
2019: 100 (1)
2021: 71 (10)
— Harrison (@HD_starr) September 26, 2021
Iowa is now looking to continue that trend as they travel to College Park in Week 5 for a 4-0 showdown with Maryland. The Terrapins are coming off a 37-16 win over the same Ken State team that Iowa beat 30-6 in Week 3.
They also already have a 1-0 record in the Big Ten. The Terps won at Illinois 20-17 in Week 2. Maryland also had victories over West Virginia and Howard during the season.
Here’s a preview of this week’s game.
Date: Friday, October 1
Weather: 7:00 p.m. CT
Match: #5 Iowa Hawkeye (4-0, 1-0) at Maryland Terrapins (4-0, 1-0)
Location: Maryland Stadium, College Park, MD
Preliminary weather forecast: mostly sunny with temperatures in the upper 40s at kickoff, 8% chance of rain
Opening line: Iowa -4, O/U 46
The Hawkeyes and Terps will square off Friday for only the fourth time in series history. Iowa leads the all-time series 2-1 and comes on a two-game winning streak. The last two meetings were held in Iowa City, Friday representing Iowa’s first trip to College Park since 2014. This will only be the second meeting between the two programs in Maryland.
The Terps won the last meeting at College Park – the first meeting between the two programs. It was a 38-31 shootout by Iowa standards. The two meetings at Iowa City went much more heavily in Iowa’s favor with an average margin of victory of 19.5 points. In the last showdown, Iowa came away with a 23-0 win at Iowa City. It happened in 2018.
Although he is only in his third season as head coach of Maryland and there have been no meetings between the Hawkeyes and the Terrapins during this period, this is not the Mike Locksley’s first matchup against Kirk Ferentz. Locksley was interim head coach at Maryland in 2015 when the Terps traveled to Iowa City and fell 31-15 to Iowa. Locksley is 12-43 as a head coach and 10-17 as a head coach at Maryland.
Maryland Stadium is one of only two Big Ten stadiums where Kirk Ferentz has never won a game. The other is Ohio Stadium.