Hawkeyes Prepare For Purdue

A season like none Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz has experienced is set to open .

A nine game Big Ten sprint begins Saturday with a visit to Purdue.

It marks the first time since 1980 the Hawkeyes have opened the season with a Big Ten foe.

Ferentz says the off again, on again Big Ten plan has made it difficult to get the team ready.

Ferentz says the team and staff will be tested on Friday before they leave for the game and then will be tested the morning of the game.

Sophomore defensive back Julius Brents says they are excited to finally reach game week.

The challenge for the Iowa defense will be slowing down a Purdue offense that features standout receivers Rondale Moore and David Bell.

Brents says the concern with Moore is his ability to make big plays.



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