Big Noon Saturday will be at Kinnick Stadium when Iowa hosts No. 4 Michigan in Week 5.
The No. 4 Michigan Wolverines are on upset alert this week, as they have to take on the defensive-minded Iowa Hawkeyes at Kinnick as a part of Big Noon Saturday.
The defending Big Ten champions are very much a contender to get back to the College Football Playoff. While the reigning Big Ten West champions are probably not getting back to Indianapolis this year, Kirk Ferentz’s Dawgs usually play well at home in big spots. Jim Harbaugh’s boys better be ready to play, as the Wolverines could fall asleep at the wheel and be upset at Kinnick Stadium.
Because these Big Ten foes do not play annually, when was the last time the Hawkeyes beat the Wolverines anyhow?
When was the last time Iowa beat Michigan?
The last time the Hawkeyes tasted sweet victory over the Wolverines came very early in Harbaugh’s tenure leading his alma mater’s football program. Iowa beat Michigan 14-13 at Kinnick on Nov. 13, 2016. A last-second field goal made by Hawkeyes kicker Keith Duncan sank then-No. 3 Michigan in Iowa City. C.J. Beathard and Wilton Speight were the game’s starting quarterbacks.
Michigan football record vs. Iowa
Entering their Week 5 meeting at Kinnick, Michigan holds an all-time record of 43-15-4 in games vs. the Iowa program. Although the Wolverines won the two previous meetings (2021 Big Ten Championship, 2019 in Ann Arbor), the Hawkeyes have gone 7-7 since Ferentz took over for the iconic Hayden Fry in 1999. Harbaugh is 2-1 vs. Ferentz since he took over Michigan back in 2015.
There are two other very interesting facts from this Big Ten football series. Iowa’s last three wins over Michigan have come in Kinnick. Even more interesting, Michigan has not beaten Iowa in Kinnick since way back in 2001. The Hawkeyes have won two games in The Big House since the Wolverines last won at Kinnick. 2001 was only Ferentz’s third year at the helm taking over for Fry.
Either the Wolverines buck the trend at Kinnick, or the Hawkeyes get their biggest win of the year.