The Iowa Hawkeyes close out the regular season tomorrow at Minnesota in the annual battle for “Floyd of Rosedale”. Both teams are 7-4 and Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz says defense is a major reason the Gophers are vastly improved this season.
Ferentz says Minnesota has done a good job of containing the run. He says the Hawkeye offense cannot afford to turn the ball over. Ferentz says the Gopher’s turnover ratio is a major difference from last year, as they are at plus 15, which has helped their production.
The Iowa defense will try to slow down the Gopher combination of quarterback Adam Weber and Eric Decker. Ferentz says both of them have been playing well, and Weber has really improved.
The Iowa State Cyclones close a disappointing season at Kansas State. The Cyclones are winless in the Big-12 but coach Gene Chizik says there is still plenty to play for. He says it would be huge to get the win, it would vie them a road win and give them some momentum for next year.
A win would snap Iowa State’s 16-game road losing streak and Chizik says it would also provide a lot of momentum heading into the off-season. He says it would be nice to send the seniors out on the right note and end the season overall on the right note.
The Cyclone defense has struggled for much of this season and faces another tough test against quarterback Josh Freeman and the K-State offense. Chizik says Kansas State is scoring a lot of points and Freeman is a very good quarterback that can move the ball.