Iowa City — Iowa has accepted the role of underdog as the 13th ranked Hawkeyes get ready to play second ranked Michigan in the Big Ten Championship.
The 10-2 Hawkeyes open as a better than 10-point under dog to a Wolverine team that will be looking to earn a spot in the College Football Playoff.
“It’s motivation for us to go in there and prove everyone wrong — nobody really expects much from us. We are just as good as any team in the country and we are going to give everything to get a win at the end of the day.”
That’s a quote from Iowa safety Kaevon Merriweather, who is a native of Belleville, Michigan.
Iowa safety Jack Koerner said the team — and defense — has bounced back well following a mid-season two-game losing skid.
“You know a lot of people were pretty low on us, saying we were overrated. We knew our identity. Those two losses didn’t define us. At the end of the day it’s about winning football games and that’s what we’ve been trying to do week in and week out and that’s what we’re going to try and do this Saturday as well.”
Saturday’s game will kick at 7:00 p.m. from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, with pregame coverage beginning on KILJ at 5:00 p.m.