What jumps out at you most about Iowa's resume is their close losses, especially the last two weeks. A close loss to Wisconsin certainly looks a little different after the Big 10 title game, but the Hawkeyes did give the Badgers all they wanted. Iowa was simply unable to stop Melvin Gordon (31 carries, 200 yards, 2 TDs); rushing defense has been a common problem in their losses:
- Maryland: 46 carries, 212 yards (4.61 avg)
- Minnesota: 59 carries, 291 yards (4.93 avg)
- Wisconsin: 42 carries, 266 yards (6.33 avg)
- Nebraska: 31 carries, 161 yards (5.19 avg)
Since Nebraska joined the Big Ten in 2011, Iowa has gone 15-17 in league play. They're 1-3 against Nebraska in that span, as well as 0-2 against Wisconsin, 0-1 against Ohio State, and 1-2 against Michigan State. Their only win over a realistic Big Ten contender in that span was the upset win over Michigan in 2011 (the Wolverines finished the regular season 10-2, 6-2 in the Big Ten, a game back of Michigan State). That win was also Iowa's last win over a ranked opponent. Over half of Iowa's wins in the Big Ten since Nebraska's arrival have come against Purdue (3), Northwestern (3), and Indiana (2).