Nov. 9, 2003
Coach Kirk Ferentz’s Iowa Hawkeyes slipped to No. 20 in this week’s ESPN/USA Today Top 25 college football poll after faltering at Purdue Saturday. The Hawkeyes are one of six Big Ten Conference teams including the elite list — a roster that includes Iowa’s next opponent, No. 17 Minnesota.
Iowa and Minnesota — two nationally ranked Big Ten teams still hunting for a New Year’s Day bowl berth — will square off Saturday inside historic Kinnick Stadium. The series is dead even in games played in Iowa City, knotted at 23 wins for the Hawkeyes, 23 wins for the Gophers and one tie. Iowa has won the last two meetings.
Oklahoma and USC continue to be the ESPN’s top two teams. Lousiana State, Ohio State and Michigan round out the top five. Purdue came in at No. 10, and Michigan State No. 22 to complete the Big Ten list of representatives.
Iowa and Minnesota will tee it up shortly after 11 a.m. Iowa time Saturday inside Kinnick. The game will be televised live by ESPN2. It’s Fan Appreciation Day and Senior Day at the UI. It’s also the annual battle for Floyd of Rosedale, the bronzed pig awarded to the winner of the annual football game between the border rivals. Floyd currently resides in Iowa City, having come home with the Hawkeyes after Iowa completed its Big Ten championship season a year ago with a win in the Metrodome.
The game between the Hawkeyes and Gophers also will impact the post-season bowl game agenda. The winner stays in the hunt for a possible berth in one of the Big Ten’s New Year’s Day bowl games.
The game is nearing sellout status. A limited number of tickets remain available and can be purchased online at hawkeyesports.com, over the telephone at 1-800 IA-HAWKS, and in person at the UI Athletic Ticket Office in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.