The Iowa Hawkeyes continue their whirlwind start to the 2021 season on Saturday as they host the Colorado State Rams of the Mountain West Conference. The Hawkeyes come into the game to play their second consecutive game at Kinnick Stadium as a top 5 nationally and only their third such game since 1985.
The Rams are coming off of a 22-6 loss to Toledo. It’s the same Toledo team that was on the verge of bringing down No. 8 Notre Dame in South Bend. It was the first win of the season for Colorado State, which started the year 0-2 with home losses to South Dakota State and Vanderbilt.
Like Kent State a week ago, CSU comes in with an offense that can move the ball. While only averaging 22 points per game, the Rams are amassing more than 400 yards of offense per week. That’s 100 more than Iowa’s offense.
Here’s a preview of this week’s game.
Date: Saturday September 25
Weather: 2:30 p.m. CT
Match: Colorado State Rams (1-2, 0-0) at No. 5 Iowa Hawkeye (3-0, 1-0)
Location: Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, Iowa
Preliminary weather forecast: mostly sunny with a high of 70.2% chance of rain
Opening line: Iowa -22, O/U 45.5
The Hawkeyes and Rams have never met before this season. When the two meet on Saturday, Iowa will be looking for its 15th straight non-conference win. It’s the second-longest active streak in the nation, behind only Minnesota’s 21-game streak. The Hawkeyes last lost a non-conference game in 2017 when they fell in the Outback Bowl 30-3 to Florida.
Iowa is also riding a 9-game winning streak dating back to week three of the 2020 season. The Hawkeyes haven’t won ten straight games since the 2015 season when Iowa went 12-0 in the regular season.
During the winning streak, Iowa’s defense is allowing an average of 12.6 points per game, slightly more than the 10 points per game allowed so far this season. Iowa’s offense, on the other hand, is averaging 33.9 points per game, down from 30.3 PPG scored in the 2021 season. Iowa’s defense did not allow an opponent to score 25 points or more in 25 straight games while the Hawkeyes have scored at least 25 points in each of 9 straight wins. It’s the first time in program history that Iowa has scored at least 25 points in 9 straight games.