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Hawks In Big Ten Championship Game

Iowa City, Iowa — Iowa will bid for its 12th Big Ten Championship on Saturday when the Hawkeyes head to Indianapolis to play second ranked Michigan in the league title game.

The 15th Hawkeyes overcame a mid-season two game losing streak to finish 10-2 and opened as a nearly 11 point underdog.

That is Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz who was not ready on Sunday to name a starting quarterback. Spencer Petras relieved Alex Padilla in the second half at Nebraska and helped rally the Hawkeyes to a 28-21 win over the Huskers.

Ferentz says they plan to name a starter on Tuesday.

Despite a struggling offense the Hawkeyes have been finding ways to win and erased double digit deficits in their last two games.

After a disastrous 2-4 COVID shortened 2020 season that put coach Jim Harbaugh on the hot seat the Wolverines are 11-1 and a win away from a spot in the College Football Playoff.

The Wolverines are coming off a breakthrough win against arch rival Ohio State and Harbaugh says the stakes are even higher this week.

Harbaugh says the championship is on the line as well as a shot at the national title.

Harbaugh says the Hawkeyes are a fundamentally sound team that excels in special teams play.

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