"Yeah, because it counts," the Iowa Head Coach said.
The Hawkeyes travel to College Park Saturday (11 a.m. CT, ESPN2). It's the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
"I asked (Tuesday) morning how many guys on our staff have been there for a game and played in the stadium as coaches or players. And we actually had a couple of three of them. So interesting there," Ferentz said. "I guess the parallel I will draw to our team is it's probably like a lot of the guys going to Pitt. None of the guys on our team right now played there in '08. So that was new. This will be the same thing. Look around a little bit. Yep, okay. It's a stadium. Let's go play. That's really what it gets down to."
The Iowa players look forward to a new scene.
"That's one of the great adventures of being a Big Ten athlete. You get to go to places you've never been before," defensive tackle Carl Davis said. "I got to go to Penn State. I'd never been out that way before. Pittsburgh, I got to play at Heinz Field."
The Hawkeyes have won four road games in a row and sixth of their last seven contests in enemy territory.
"You go into an environment where everybody is cheering against you, it's kind of fun to play the villain," receiver Kevonte Martin-Manley said.
Ferentz, Davis and Martin-Manley were among a group of guys we asked to share with us their thoughts on this week's game. See what they all had to say in this HI TV video: