IOWA CITY, Iowa – On paper, Saturday’s Iowa-Maryland meeting at Kinnick Stadium looks like a mismatch. Las Vegas sees it the same way, as the Hawkeyes are favored by 17.5-points.
Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz and his players aren’t approaching the game like a stroll through the park. The 10th-ranked Hawkeyes (7-0 overall, 3-0 Big Ten) are expecting the Terrapins’ best shot.
"We know that regardless of how we’ve played and how they’ve played we know we have to come out and match their intensity, match their effort," Iowa Tight End Henry Krieger Coble said. "It’s going to take our best game in order to beat these guys."
Interim Head Coach Mike Locksley leads Maryland (2-5, 0-3) after replacing Randy Edsall six games into the season. The Terrapins are coming off a heartbreaking 31-30 loss to rival Penn State last week.
"They’re a good football team," Iowa Quarterback C.J. Beathard said. "They have some good defensive backs and good defensive linemen. I’m sure we’ll see something in the scheme defensively than what we’ve seen on film. We’ve been watching a lot of film and have a game plan on that but I’m sure they’ll throw something in there a little different."
While folks outside the Iowa program might be assuming victory for the home team, as you can see in this All Hawkeyes TV video production, the Hawkeyes aren’t taking the competition lightly: