It is still early but the 13th ranked Iowa Hawkeyes have been dominant in their 2-0 start. Led by senior quarterback C.J. Beathard the offense has topped the 40 point mark twice and the Hawkeyes have converted nine touchdowns and one field goal in their 10 trips to the red zone.
They hope to maintain that momentum this weekend when they host FCS top ranked and five-time defending national champion North Dakota State.
“We have played pretty clean football for the most part and we have done a pretty good job of taking care of the football”, said Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz. “You certainly like to be building a good base.”
Ferentz says the Bison have put up mind boggling numbers in their five year reign at the top of the FCS ranks, including a 20-0 record in the playoffs.
“They are 5-0 the last five times out against FBS teams”, added Ferentz. “I think they are 8-3 since 2006 so they are no stranger to have success on the road and going into venues and playing well.”
The Hawkeyes are coming off a 42-3 win over Iowa State while the Bison beat Eastern Washington 50-44 in overtime.