After Iowa’s 24-10 win against Wisconsin, coach Kirk Ferentz and his players indicated they aren’t concerned with divisional standings.
After Saturday’s 24-10 win against Wisconsin, Iowa is tied for the Big Ten West lead. The Hawkeyes believe division titles aren’t a priority.
Iowa has won three straight after opening conference play 1-3. Iowa is tied for top in their division with Illinois, Purdue, and Minnesota.
“Like last year, it doesn’t seem good, and then we’re in [Indianapolis],” Kirk Ferentz said. “Don’t worry. Focus on Wisconsin. We knew we’d be busy today. The following two weeks will be busy. I try to focus on the now.
2021 Iowa began Big Ten play 2-2. The Hawkeyes won four straight to reach their second Big Ten Championship Game.
Iowa linebacker Jack Campbell: “Right now, we’re focused on playing our best football.” “Finish strong.” To go where we want to go, we must win. Now, the attention is on Minnesota. They’re difficult. I know.”
Iowa has outscored opponents 81-16 since Oct. 29. Iowa’s past three wins were by at least two possessions.
Kaevon Merriweather, a senior defensive back, said the Hawkeyes came together after Oct. 22. Despite their success, the Hawkeyes haven’t changed practise.
Merriweather: “We didn’t give up.” “The season wasn’t a failure.” We kept working despite the losses.
Illinois’ loss to Purdue gave Iowa a first-place tie in the West. The Illini defeated the Hawkeyes 9-6 in Champaign on Oct. 8. If Iowa and Illinois finish with identical conference records, Illinois would advance by tiebreaker.
Ferentz claimed his players weren’t considering Saturday’s Illinois-Purdue matchup. Hawkeyes didn’t know the Illinois-Purdue score until after their match.
Iowa quarterback Spencer Petras learned Purdue beat Illinois after the game. “That’s a waste of time,” she said. Because we have to win Minnesota and Nebraska.”
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