Oct. 3, 2003
Iowa and Michigan – two nationally ranked college football powerhouses – will square off at 2:30 p.m. Saturday inside a sold out Kinnick Stadium on Homecoming Day 2003 for the University of Iowa. It promises to be another classic and Brad Nessler, Bob Griese and Lynn Swann of ABC-TV will be there to bring it live to roughly 50 percent of the country.
“Offensively, they look like us from a year ago. Excellent players at all positions, a veteran line, an outstanding back in Perry, deep at the receiver position and Navarre is an excellent passer who is playing like a senior quarterback.”
Head Coach Kirk Ferentz
Here’s what Kirk Ferentz has to say about the game, the Wolverines and his Hawkeyes as he makes final preparations for Game 6 of the 2003 season.
“This is a big game for many reasons. First and foremost, we are playing an excellent opponent that deserves their top ten ranking.
“Michigan has an excellent defense. Its athletic, they run very well, they are strong in all areas. Their special teams are improved. A year ago they had some problems with their placekicking but seem to have that eradicated.
“Offensively, they look like us from a year ago. Excellent players at all positions, a veteran line, an outstanding back in Perry, deep at the receiver position and Navarre is an excellent passer who is playing like a senior quarterback.
“Overall, Michigan is a very strong Top 10-type football team.
“We have had a good week of practice. We are anxious to take the field after a less than stellar performance last week. The environment in Kinnick should be fantastic…A Homecoming game with Coach Fry coming back to be grand marshal, as well as being recognized at half time for his Hall of Fame honors, should provide a tremendous atmosphere.”
Needless to say, it will be another great college football Saturday in Iowa City.