Iowa and Iowa State Face Road Tests, UNI Playoff Appearance Still Possible

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Iowa at Illinois, 2:30 pm

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz says Noah Fant’s lack of production in recent weeks has nothing to do with his attitude. The Hawkeyes’ All-American tight end has only four receptions in the last two games and has been held without a touchdown in four straight games leaving some to speculate if there is a character issue.

 

Fant has been sharing time at tight end with T.J. Hockenson.

 

It also doesn’t help that Iowa’s running game has struggled in recent weeks. The Hawks only managed 64 yards on the ground against Northwestern.

 

Ferentz still expects the Hawks to regroup and finish strong.

 

While disappointed with the past few weeks there is still plenty to accomplish.

 

#22 Iowa State at #19 Texas, 7 pm

The turnaround at Iowa State has been swift. In his third season Matt Campbell has the 18th ranked Cyclones in the thick of the Big 12 title chase as they get set to visit 13th ranked Texas.

 

Campbell says he never put a timetable on when this could happen.

 

Campbell is not focusing on what is at stake at Texas.

 

Campbell is confident in the depth at running back. David Montgomery won’t play in the opening half against the Longhorns after being ejected for fighting against Baylor.

UNI versus Missouri State, 4 pm

Northern Iowa coach Mark Farley says another trip to the FCS playoffs is not out of the question as the Panthers get set to host Missouri State to close the regular season. A loss at Youngstown State dropped UNI TO 5-5 overall and at 4-3 in the Missouri Valley they currently share third place with Indiana State and Western Illinois.

 

Farley believes with the strength of the Missouri Valley at least three teams will get in.

 

Farley says UNI’s schedule should help. Two of their losses were at Montana and at Iowa.