Iowa stunned Michigan 14-13 to shake up the Big Ten race. What does it all mean?
Iowa 14, Michigan 13: What Does It All Mean?
– Ohio State is screwed. Penn State has to lose to Rutgers or Michigan State, or else Ohio State is out of the Big Ten championship. Can it get into the College Football Playoff at 11-1 without a division championship? That’s the big concern now.
– The loss is totally meaningless for Michigan. This game 100% completely and totally doesn’t matter. The Wolverines have to beat Ohio State no matter what, and it doesn’t matter if they were 11-0 or 10-1. Lose to the Buckeyes, and they’d be out. Beat the Buckeyes, and they’re in the Big Ten championship.
– The Iowa defense played its tail off. Wilton Speight completed just 11-of-26 passes for 103 yards with a pick, while the Iowa defensive front did the job against the Michigan running game, too. The best player in the game? Iowa DT Jaleel Johnson, with a team-high nine tackles, a sack, two tackles for loss and a critical safety.
– Not that it was any huge concern, but Iowa just became bowl eligible. Yeah, the Hawkeyes are in the Big Ten championship if it wins out and Wisconsin loses at Purdue and to Minnesota, and while that might seem insane, stranger things have happened. At the very least, this was the big, massive win that’ll make the Iowa season. It’s been a rough 2016, starting with the loss to Stanford, and this turns into the game everyone will remember.