What jumps out at you right away is that there are three true freshmen on the depth chart:
Seth Olsen is listed as Pete McMahon's backup at right tackle
Adam Shada is listed as co-backup with Chic Ejiasi at one corner
Charles Godfrey is listed as co-backup with Andrew Becker at free safety.
It stands to reason that we may see Shada and Godfrey on special teams next Saturday, as each of those two has pulled even with veterans at their positions as a back up.
Senior Warren Holloway will get the start against Kent State at receiver, while Calvin Davis and Clinton Solomon are co-reserves on one side. A pair of junior pass catchers are on the other side: Ed Hinkel will start, backed up by Matt Melloy.
There are no surprises among the defensive line two deeps, and George Lewis will get the starting nod at the Leo position over Ed Miles.
On offense, Iowa lists just four senior starters, while six senior starters dot the defensive side of the ball.
TIME &PLACE --11:10 a.m.(CDT),Saturday,Kinnick Stadium (70,397),Iowa City,IA.
ATTENDANCE --A few tickets remain (a sellout is expected).
RANKINGS --Iowa is ranked 12th by ESPN/USA Today and 19th by the Associated Press.
RADIO --(Originating Network):Learfield Communications with a network of over 40 stations.Gary Dolphin and Ed Podolak will call the action along with sideline reporter Rob Brooks.
TELEVISION --ESPN+is televising the game to a regional audience.Announcers are Larry Morgan and Marv Cook. Stations included on the network are KWQC (Quad Cities), KGAN (Cedar Rapids),KDSM (Des Moines),KMEG (Sioux City),KYOU (Ottumwa-Kirksville)and COX Cable (Omaha).
2003 RECORDS --Iowa was 10-3 and Finished the season ranked eighth in both major polls.The Hawkeyes beat Florida in the 2004 Outback Bowl.Kent State was 5-7.A 32-10 loss to Penn State was its only contest against a Big Ten foe.
THE SERIES --This is the second game between the two schools in football.Iowa won the first meeting in 2001 (51-0) at Iowa City.
COACHING RECORDS --Kirk Ferentz is in his ninth year as a college head coach and his sixth year at Iowa.His career record is 44-50 and he 's 32-29 at Iowa. Ferentz is 1-0 vs.Kent State. Doug Martin is beginning his first year as a head coach in the collegiate ranks.
Iowa is celebrating its 75th year in Kinnick Stadium.Kinnick Stadium opened in 1929 and Iowa has posted a 216-158-15 record in 74 years.The Hawkeyes begin the season with a 12-game winning streak in Kinnick.Iowa won all seven home games a year ago.
As part of the 75 year celebration,the Hawkeyes and Golden Flashes will wear throw-back uniforms in Saturday 's game. The Iowa uniforms, from the 1939 season, include black jerseys with gold numbers, white pants and a gold helmet. the state.
Iowa has played 1,052 games since beginning football in 1889.Iowa 's overall record is 530-483-39 (.522).That includes a 334-191-16 (.632)record in home games, a 196-292-23 (.406)record in games away from Iowa City,a 258-326-25 (.444)mark in Big Ten games and a 216-158-15 (.575) record in Kinnick Stadium. current capacity is 70,397.
IN THE RANKINGS: Iowa begins the season ranked No.12 in the ESPN/USA Today poll and No.19 in the Associated Press poll.Iowa 's ranking is its highest preseason ranking since 1985 where the Hawkeyes were ranked No.3 by USA Today/CNN and No.4 by the AP. None of the Hawkeyes ' non-conference opponents are ranked, but five of their eight conference foes are in the top 25.The Big
IOWA IN OPENERS: Iowa is 82-31-2 (.722)in season-opening games and 84-29-1 (.741)in home openers. This is the fourth consecutive year that the Hawkeyes open their season at home against a school from the Mid-American Conference. Iowa averaged 43.0 ppg and a winning margin of 35.0 in its last three season opening victories (Miami,OH 21-3 in 2003;Akron 57-21 in 2002; Kent State 51-0 in 2001).
KENT STATE VS.THE BIG TEN: Kent State is 0-5 against members of the Big Ten Conference having faced Iowa (0- 1),Purdue (0-1),Ohio State (0-1)and Penn State (0-2).