Iowa/NIU Preview

Iowa opens the season on Saturday at Soldier Field against Northern Illinois. Check out the full HN preview package for the game, including two-deeps, six questions with the HN staff, a look back at last year, and much, much more. Also returning is a video game simulation of Saturday's match up, complete with screen shots and video highlights.

Iowa Hawkeyes 0-0 (0-0) vs Northern Illinois Huskies 0-0 (0-0)

Location: Soldier Field, Chicago Illinois.
Kick: 2:30pm Central

Both the Iowa Hawkeyes and Northern Illinois Huskies open their season on Saturday at Soldier Field.

This Year

Random Facts and Stats

  • Iowa has never played NIU away from Iowa City.
  • Iowa has never allowed NIU to score more than 20 points.
  • NIU has only beaten a Big Ten team once, that was in 1988, they beat Wisconsin 19-17 in Madison.
  • NIU has never been ranked in any major college final polls.
  • Last year's NIU defense surrendered 21.1 points per game, the lowest in Joe Novak's 11 years at Northern Illinois.
  • NIU has a winning record against only one Division 1 conference, the Sun Belt Conference.
  • The last time Iowa played on September 1st, they defeated Kent State 51-0, in 2001. The last time NIU played on September 1st, they lost to Oklahoma State at home, 31-14.
  • As of 8:46 Wednesday night, no one competing in the Pickem contest has picked Iowa to lose this game.

A look at last year...

Last year, Iowa hosted Northern Illinois at Kinnick Stadium, 24-14. After jumping to a 17-0 lead at halftime, the Hawkeyes absorbed 14 straight points in the third quarter before putting another score on the board in the fourth quarter, leading to a final score of 24-14. Below are links to parts of HawkeyeNation's coverage of last year's game.

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