IOWA CITY (KWWL) — Last Saturday, the Iowa Hawkeyes dominated every phase of the game against Middle Tennessee, but things get a bit tougher this week with a trip to Ann Arbor.
“I don’t think anyone on the team has been to the team has been to the Big House,” said senior tight end Nate Wieting, “It’s going to be a fun trip. It’s going to be a challenge, of course, but we’re excited to get after it.”
“I talked to players who have played there before,” added junior offensive lineman Cole Banwart, “and they just say it’s a crazy environment. It’s going to be loud. It’s going to be tough to play in, but it’s also going to fun to play.”
Michigan has been a hotbed of recruiting for the Hawkeyes. and is home to 8 current players, Most of them, like Cedrick Lattimore, weren’t recruited by the Wolverines. They say that’s motivation.
“It’s a little chip on my shoulder,” said the senior defensive tackle, “I think everybody in this program, , we’ve got a little chip on our shoulder, So, we just want to come out and set the tone.”
That will be a tough task against a team known for speed and aggressiveness on both sides of the ball. That was on full display in a 52-0 bea tdown against Rutgers, and the Hawks say matching that intensity is key.
“I think one of the most important things is we have to be physical right back,” said Banwart, “They’re a really good team. They play fast. They play physical, they play low.”
Following a loss to Wisconsin two weeks ago, the Wolverines are also looking for an edge in conference play, but so are the Hawkeyes.
“You know this team is a Big Ten team,” said junior running back Mekhi Sargent, “It’s Big Ten play, and we’ve got to go out and compete.”