It hasn't been a totally smooth start to the season for the Hawkeyes but things are looking better. A week one loss to Northern Illinois has been followed by two straight wins and Iowa can head into the Big Ten schedule at 3-1 -- if they can beat Western Illinois on Saturday.
The Hawks ran the ball 60 times in last week's 27-21 win at Iowa State. Running back Mark Weisman has 425 yards -- second in the Big Ten and third in the country and he leads the nation with 85 carries.
Western Michigan is 0-3, including losses at Michigan State and at Northwestern. The Broncos are 2-0 all-time against Iowa, winning in Kinnick twice, so Iowa's big guys will have to be ready.
"They're not going to be intimidated coming in here," said Austin Blythe. "I know they beat us in 2000 and 2007 so that's something we're aware of and that's someone we're not going to take lightly. We're going to prepare for Saturday like it's a huge game."
"They like to load the boxes up and they're big inside," said tackle Brandon Scherff. "They're fast off the edges. We're going to plan for that. We have planned for that and we're just going to go out and practice today."
Saturday's win over Iowa State was the 600th in Hawkeye history. Kickoff is at 11:00 a.m. Saturday on the Big Ten Network.
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