IOWA CITY — Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz will have a healthier team this weekend when the Hawkeyes visit Michigan. Safety Kaevon Merriweather and corner Julius Brents are expected to play and offensive tackle Alaric Jackson returned to practice. He suffered a sprained knee early in the season opener.
Ferentz says the positive side of early season injuries is the Hawkeyes have built some depth.
Iowa has only won 15 of the 60 games in the series against Michigan and Ferentz says it is never easy winning on the road against one of the country’s premier programs.
Time of possession is considered an overrated stat but Ferentz says it can be crucial to winning on the road.
An improved Iowa run game may help that cause. The Hawkeyes are averaging 217 yards on the ground per game and 5.2 yards per carry.
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh hopes his team can put together a streak. After getting hammered at Wisconsin the Wolverines bounced back with a 52-0 win over Rutgers.
Harbaugh on the challenge the Hawkeyes provide.
Harbaugh says Iowa and Wisconsin have a lot of similarities.
Kickoff on Saturday is scheduled for 11 o’clock, with the pre-game at 9:00 AM on KGLO.
AMES — Matt Campbell coached Iowa State teams have won seven straight games in October and they look to keep the run going at home against TCU. The Cyclones are 2-2 after a 23-21 loss at Baylor.
Campbell says there are a lot of things that go into their October success.
Campbell is not concerned about a run game that managed only 62 yards in a loss at Baylor. Trailing by three touchdowns the Cyclones were forced to go to the air.
Campbell says defensive end JaQuan Bailey is questionable for the game. He suffered a lower leg injury in the loss at Baylor.
Kickoff in Ames is scheduled for 11 o’clock on Saturday
CEDAR FALLS — A challenging non-conference schedule should have the Northern Iowa Panthers ready for the start of a difficult Missouri Valley Football Conference race. The 13th ranked Panthers are 2-2 after a loss at number five Weber State and open the league slate by hosting 17th ranked Youngstown State.
That’s UNI coach Mark Farley who says the Panthers have been tested.
Youngstown State is off to a 4-0 start.
The Penguins are averaging more than 296 yards of rushing per game.
GRINNELL — Grinnell College has canceled its remaining football season. Athletic Director Andy Hamilton says the squad only had 28 healthy players for this week’s game at St. Norbert.
Hamilton says they were concerned about further injury playing with such a limited roster.
Hamilton says their plan is to bring the program back for next season. There are five seniors on the squad.
Grinnell lost its first three games by a combined score of 114-3.
— high school volleyball last night
Central Springs 25-25-25, Newman 12-21-17
Waukee 3-0 Mason City (set scores not available)
Clarion-Goldfield-Dows 25-25-25-25, Humboldt 21-27-22-22
Forest City 24-25-25-25, Bishop Garrigan 26-14-20-22
Garner-Hayfield-Ventura 25-19-25-25, Hampton-Dumont 23-25-23-20
Lake Mills 20-25-25-25, North Iowa 25-17-12-12
Osage 25-25-25, Rockford 14-12-11
Saint Ansgar 21-25-25-25, Northwood-Kensett 25-14-21-23
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Wild defenseman Greg Pateryn has undergone surgery on his midsection and will be out about six more weeks. The operation went as planned in Philadelphia. Pateryn is a seven-year veteran starting his second season with the Wild. He missed most of training camp because of the injury. He had one goal and six assists in 80 games last season