Ferentz moved to the edge of his seat, anxious for the question to end so he could pounce.
"Comments like that, if you don't have to compete against them you can make things like that, that's probably somebody sitting in a studio," the Hawkeye coach said. "With all due respect to all you guys, okay, but if you actually watch film and watch how programs are built and watch how teams are built and if you've actually got to go out on the field and compete against people, which I gotta go back couple of years ago when we got our tails kicked pretty good up there in 2011.
"You know, it's a lot easier to talk about things if you're not having to do it. That's how I look at it. And they're 6 and 2. Extremely well coached and good players and I know we have our hands full. People are probably saying the same thing about us. That would make it a surely even match."
Iowa travels to TCF Bank for a Saturday tilt (11 a.m. CT, ESPN2) pitting a pair of 6-2 Big Ten West Division combatants. Both teams sit at 3-1 in the conference.