Iowa senior quarterback Brad Banks has been named one of the 10 finalists for the Walter Camp Foundation College Player of the Year. Banks has the top QB rating (167.8) in the nation in leading the Hawkeyes to a 10-1 record, 7-0 in the Big Ten. The winner will be announced at the Foundation’s annual awards banquet on February 8. The sixth-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes look to wrap up at least a share of the Big Ten title this weekend but must down arch-rival Minnesota on the road to get it done. Some very good Iowa teams, including the last one to play in the Rose Bowl, have gone to Minnesota heavily-favored only to lose. Iowa coack Kirk Ferentz says history will play no factor in this game. Ferentz says the team isn’t going to accept the “loser’s mentality” of blaming things on the turf, the dome or some kind of jinx. Ferentz says the Hawks have kept their minds off the B-C-S and the different scenarios and stayed focused on the task at hand. He says once the season ends they can watch it as much as they want.In his first year on the job, the Hawkeyes finished 1-10. With a victory on Saturday in his fourth season at the helm, the Hawks would become the first team in school history to win 11-games.
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