Point/counterpoint: Who has more momentum coming in?

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BY DI STAFF | NOVEMBER 06, 2009 7:20 AM

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Northwestern has more momentum entering this weekend’s game

Iowa would be the safe choice for possession of the momentum meter. At 9-0, the Hawkeyes are in the midst of their best start in school history.

Over the past few years, though, there has been one team that has been a thorn in Iowa’s side.

Northwestern has won in each of its last two appearances at Kinnick Stadium, in 2006 and 2008. Its domination on Iowa’s home turf has spurred many Wildcat faithful to refer to our beloved stadium as “Ryan Field West,” referring to Northwestern’s stadium.

The success on the road against Iowa, combined with a 3-3 record that puts them at the bottom of the Big Ten race, gives the Wildcats a feeling of nothing to lose.

Four of the Hawkeyes’ nine wins have been within three points, and Northwestern is no stranger to a tight game after narrow wins against Indiana and Eastern Michigan. Many say a man with nothing to lose is a dangerous man. This Northwestern team will arrive in Iowa City with everything to gain, while the pressure is on the Hawkeyes to continue their historic streak.

This year, Iowa has also had a tendency to overlook opponents in preparation for big games the ensuing week. No other time was this evidenced than the 24-21 win over Arkansas State that came one week before Michigan was in town for Homecoming.

The hunger to win and ability to pull through in close games, combined with a confidence garnered from its past two wins at Kinnick, make Northwestern a scary opponent.

The Wildcats may not win, but they definitely pose a dangerous threat to Iowa’s pristine record.

— by Jake Krzeczowski

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