Kirk Ferentz will lead the 4-3 Hawkeyes against 4-3 Northwestern on Saturday.
Looking at the schedule before the season, it was tough to see where the Hawkeyes might find the six wins needed to become bowl eligible. Now 4-3, Iowa only needs two more wins over their last five games to go bowling and they're favored to beat Northwestern on Saturday.
The Hawks lost at Ohio State, 34-24, but were tied with the undefeated Buckeyes in the fourth quarter.
The Wildcats peaked at number-17 in the AP poll after a 4-0 start. Since then, Northwestern is 0-3 with losses to Ohio State, Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Both teams are desperate for a win and the Hawks like their chances, especially at Kinnick Stadium.
"We want to win out," said defensive tackle Carl Davis. "Everyone we look at, we want to win. We want to have a good season. We can still have a good season. We can do some special things so every game is important."
"We're getting here to the end of October, into November when things start to take shape a little bit more," said safety Tanner Miller. "It's a winnable game and that's the way we've got to approach it."
"We can't really look at those final five games," said quarterback Jake Rudock. "We have to just look at this week and worry about this week and take one week at a time. The most important game right now is Northwestern."
Iowa is a four and a half point favorite. Game time is 11:00 am Saturday on the Big Ten Network.
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