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We are back! Week 0 of the college football season is in the books and now the real fun begins with the first game week of the 2022 season. The Hawkeyes open the year with a home game with FCS South Dakota State.
Yes, this is South Dakota, as in the state south of North Dakota. You know, the last FCS upset the Hawkeyes inside Kinnick Stadium in a 23-21 foil fest back in 2016 when the Hawkeyes entered the year 15th nationally.
The Hawekeyes head into their opening game Saturday 2022 Not Ranked nationally, it sits outside the top 25 in both AP and Coaches surveys. Iowa State ended the 2021 season with a pair of post-season losses. After winning the Big Ten West and earning a trip to Indianapolis, the Hawkeyes were demolished by Michigan at the Big Ten Championship Game and eventually fell into a nail bite against Kentucky at the Vrbo Citrus Bowl.
South Dakota State is also emerging from a successful season that ended in some disappointment. The Jackrabbits finished 2021 11-4 fourth in the Missouri Valley after finishing the winning season in two of the last three regular season encounters. This helped build momentum heading into the FCS playoffs as SDSU won by three goals in a row to earn a showdown with Montana State in the semifinals. The Jackrabbits were down 31-17 at the end of the season as Montana State moved into the championship game where they lost to national champion North Dakota State.
Heading into 2022, the Jackrabbits are set to once again finish fourth in the Valley, enter the year at No. 3 nationally in FCS, and look to start their season in a big way with a road victory over an FBS opponent. They were able to do so a season ago when they traveled to Colorado State and beat the Rams 42-23 — by a wider margin than the Hawkeyes’s 24-14 victory over the same CSU inside Kinnick a few weeks later.
Here’s an early look at what you need to know about this week’s match.
Date: Saturday 3 September
time: 11:00 a.m. Central time
the match: South Dakota State Jackrabbits (0-0, 0-0) in Iowa Hawkeyes (0-0, 0-0)
Site: Kennick Stadium, Iowa City, Iowa
Initial weather forecast: Sunny with high temperature in the mid-80s, 5% chance of rain
Draft Kings Line Opening: Unavailable
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Saturday’s match between the Jackrabbits and the Hawkeyes will be the first ever between the two shows on the network. Although this is the first encounter between the two programs, it is not the first time that the SDSU team has dealt with an FBS opponent. As noted, they won FBS’ only game pre-season against Colorado State. The Jackrabbits did not play for FBS in 2020 as the season has been pushed back to Spring 2021.
This makes for an interesting scheduling note as SDSU played a shock 25 games in calendar year 2021. This includes 15 regular and post-season games for the Fall 2021 schedule, as well as 10 games in the Spring that were previously scheduled for Fall 2020.
South Dakota State has covered the spread in the last six games with FBS opponents. While there is no public line available for the Iowa-SDSU game as of Monday, it should be a good indication that the Jackrabbits will be looking to play a tight competition at Kinnick.
That could spell bad news for the hockey family this season. Tip the hat to our own Tweet embed For amazing stats: The top 10 teams that win less than 21 points against an FCS competitor have won more than 8 games in just one season in the past 10 years. All the other 17 matches saw the top 10 teams win by less than 8 matches. Notably, only three of the 17 Big Ten teams who scheduled one match per week against an FCS competitor went on to win more than 8 matches.
The Hawkeyes will need to reverse the trend if they are to hope for a full season success in 2022.
As we head toward the start, be sure to check out our pre-season preview for this week’s game. There are a lot of important details and the unique look of this week’s opponent, including this great set of stats:
10 consecutive playoff matches: The one thing Coach Stieg didn’t bring to the Brookings was the National Championship trophy. They have been in FCS semi-finals (or more) in 4 of the last 5 tournaments. They are one of two teams to have a running streak of the current decade.
2 victory against FBS opponents: they hit A joint competitor at Colorado State last year and Kansas in 2015. Last season’s win over Colorado State was the season opener and he was, uh, not pretty, at 42-23.
3 matches with 20 points or less: Last season, the Jackrabbits averaged 36.1 points/game (10th in the FCS), largely through their ability to limit poor offensive outfields. Iowa had 5, which is more (9) when you take out defensive/special teams.
27 tips: South Dakota has Top 4 turnover margin At 1.00/clean game, mainly because of their ability to intercept passes at 21 (he led the country there, from what I can tell). Part of the elite turnover margin doesn’t turn it on themselves, and they only had 12 per season.
If you’re on the go, there’s also a detailed look at the match from the official Hawkeyes podcast here:
In terms of expectations, both the BHGP staff and Hawkeye fans in general were feeling pretty confident pre-season.
Expectation of employees: Iowa Wayne, unanimous
Fans expect: Iowa Wayne, 97% of the vote
BizarroMath Prediction: Not available (FCS opponents are not compatible)
Check back throughout the week as all the preview and post-game stories will be published in this broadcast.
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