Iowa Fresh for Big 10 Opener

Iowa City, IA- Iowa wrapped up non-conference play with a 59-3 beatdown of Western Michigan. Besides picking up their third win in a row, the blowout win gave some of the Hawks a much needed breather.

The Western Michigan game was also another important step in getting better as a team.

"That's what September is for," explained senior safety Tanner Miller. "That's where teams are searching for their identity. Once you start in October and with conference play you really got to take shape of what your team is about, and I think this last week we took a step forward in finding out what we're about and it's just something you got to keep rolling with."

After four straight weeks of non-conference action, the Big Ten schedule starts on Saturday, and the players have noticed some differences this week.

"It ups a little bit, the intensity, but then again we played a good Iowa State team here a few weeks ago and that's a big game there too, so you do notice a difference but with that it comes down to just worrying about us too," mentioned senior right tackle Brett Van Sloten. "We just need to focus on improving day after day."

James Morris warned against making any drastic changes for Big Ten play.

"The preparation is still the same. We want to prepare with the same vigor, the same intensity regardless of who we're playing."

Iowa and Minnesota kickoff at 2:30pm on ABC.
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