Saturday marks the 130th anniversary of Iowa football. The Hawkeyes played their first football game on Nov. 16, 1889, against Grinnell. Iowa has played 1,255 games since beginning football in 1889. Iowa’s overall record is 656-560-39 (.538).

No. 7 University of Minnesota comes into Iowa City undefeated.  The Iowa Hawkeyes are ranked No. 23 in the AP poll and No. 22 in the coaches poll. Iowa’s schedule includes four opponents ranked in the AP top 25 (#7 Minnesota, #9 Penn State, #14 Michigan, #15 Wisconsin). Those four opponents have a combined 31-5 record.

Iowa is 0-3 against ranked teams this season, falling 10-3 at #19 Michigan on Oct. 5, 17-12 at home to #10 Penn State on Oct. 12, and 24-22 at #16 Wisconsin on Nov. 9.

Iowa's most recent home wins against ranked opponents look like this:

55-24 over #3 Ohio State, 11/4/17
40-10 over #15 Nebraska, 11/25/16
14-13 over #2 Michigan, 11/12/16

Iowa desperately needs to win this game to hold on to the slim chance that they can represent the B1G West in the championship game in Indianapolis.

Also very important is the traveling trophy at stake- 98lbs bronze trophy "Floyd of Rosedale".

As a result of a bet between the governors of the two states in 1935, possession of Floyd of Rosedale is at stake Saturday. The trophy is currently in possession of Iowa. Minnesota holds a 42-40-2 advantage in the series with Floyd of Rosedale on the line. Iowa has won 14 of the last 18 meengs. Saturday is the first meeng since 2003 that both team enter the game ranked: #20 Iowa defeated #19 Minnesota, 40-22, in Iowa City on Nov. 15, 2003.

The Iowa Hawkeyes made a little announcement this afternoon regarding the look of the Hawks for the 3:00 kickoff.

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