Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio expects another close game when his 5th ranked Spartans visit Kinnick Stadium to take on the Iowa Hawkeyes. The last three games between the two teams have gone down to the final seconds. Dantonio says the margin between winning and losing is very small, but they have competed at that level three times and have two wins and one loss.
Dantonio says they have a “little bit of an edge” to them right now and will compete hard against Iowa. At 8-0 the Spartans are in the drivers seat in the Big Ten race but Dantonio does not want his team to start feeling the pressure that comes with it. He says they want to have fun and have had fun and have been up emotionally for the games without putting pressure on themselves.
This will be the most hostile environment the Spartans have played in. Last week’s victory at Northwestern was their first game outside the state of Michigan. Dantonio says it will be the first time going into a stadium that is 95% or more filled by the home team. He says they have done well with away games and have the confidence to play well and will be ready.