Ohhh 2009. A game so similar to one in 2002 that haunts a lot of Hawk fans. In 2009, Iowa had to do something that had never been done before; block two consecutive UNI field goal attempts to escape with a victory. In 2002, they fell asleep in the second half and a spirited ISU rally overtook the Hawks and dealt them their only regular season loss. Some would say it cost Iowa a chance at a National title game appearance.
My argument that is in 2002, Iowa needed to lose that ISU game in order to win others later in the year. I am certain they lose the Penn State and Purdue games if they had not tasted that sting against ISU.
In 2009, If Iowa had lost to UNI, they probably struggle to win 6 that year-- even with all of the talent. A season is all about confidence. Overcoming in week one helped them when the chips were down helped them against Penn State, Michigan State and Indiana. Iowa needed a miracle in 2009 to get to that BCS and they got it.
It is 2014. Will this game help determine the fate of the Hawks' season like in-state games in 2002 and 2009 did? No. I think it is just a game. A game against a very talented panther team. I believe Iowa is superior. They have an offense that should click. The defense will be solid. Not spectacular, but solid. Kirk Ferentz has an innate ability of making games close. I also think UNI has talent. They are good. I think it will be 14-10 at Half. Iowa wears UNI down in the second half and with a late score wins 31-17. Too close for my taste, but a win. Iowa has a schedule this year against many teams with talent, but all are winnable. Winning ugly may be a way of life in 2014... As long as it is winning, I will take it.