Hawkeye Football: #5 Iowa vs. Kent State Game Center

The Iowa Hawkeyes did what very few expected: They faced two ranked opponents in the first two weeks of the college football season and they each blew themselves out of the water. Much of that is down to the epitome of Kirk Ferentz’s boa constrictor dream of pinning opposing offenses in their own 20 and smothering them with one of the best defenses in the nation.

In two games, the Iowa defense scored three touchdowns while creating seven turnovers. They gave up just two touchdowns and a total of 23 points while the offense did just enough not to mess things up.

Week three brings a new set of challenges as the Kent State Golden Flashes arrive at Kinnick Stadium with QB experience and a cluster-scoring offense.

Here’s a preview of this week’s game.

Date: Saturday September 18
Time: 2:30 p.m. CT
Match: Kent State Golden Flashes (1-1, 0-0) at #5 Iowa Hawkeye (2-0, 1-0)
Location: Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, Iowa
Preliminary weather forecast: mostly sunny with a high of 87.25% chance of rain
Opening line: Iowa -21, O/U 57.5

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The history between Iowa and Kent State is limited. The Golden Flashes have never hosted the Hawkeyes and have only been to Iowa City twice in program history. Iowa has won the previous two meetings.

In the inaugural affair in 2001, Iowa won a decisive 51-0 victory. Things were a little tighter in 2004 when the only other meeting between these two teams as Iowa won just 39-7.

In the third meeting between these two teams, the Golden Flashes will be looking to score just their second time in the series. That will be easier said than done against this miserly Iowa defense. Kent State is coming off a 60-10 beating of VMI. The Golden Flashes were less fortunate in their first game of the season at then-No. 6 Texas A&M, where they lost 41-10.