After a dominating performance last week against Michigan State, the Hawkeyes now turn their attention to Floyd of Rosedale. The matchup between Iowa and Minnesota, which last season saw the Hawkeyes upset the previously undefeated Golden Gophers, has both teams just trying to get back to .500.
“Yeah, everybody knows what this week means,” Iowa defensive back Jack Koerner said. “Everyone understands what Floyd means. When we do have a trophy in our building we display it in the weight room as a reminder that we are not going out to defend the trophy, we are going to earn it.”
“Floyd was in the weight room so I think that was a good reminder just that this is a rivalry game,” Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz said. “Every game is important. Every win means a lot but it’s just a reminder that this one typically is very hard fought and nobody owns the trophy. You get to keep it for a year, or this time maybe less than a year.”
Last week, the Hawkeyes got back to running the football. Something they want to do again against Minnesota.
“Anytime we can mix up our formations and how we do things,” Iowa quarterback Spencer Petras. “It keeps the defense off balance and it’s one more thing that we have to prepare for. As you seen our run game is doing great and a lot of that is from Brian and the rest of the coaches doing a great job of mixing up our looks.”
Ferentz knows how explosive this Minnesota team is. So far this season the Golden Gophers are averaging 36 points per game.
“That’s what we see on film,” Ferentz said. “They’re capable of scoring 50 points pretty much on anybody. We saw them do that last year and most of the players are here from last year, and they have been clipping right along offensively this year as well. They have big play explosive capability on any play anywhere on the field.”
The Hawkeyes try to get their 6th straight win against Minnesota on Friday night and keep Floyd of Rosedale in Iowa City.