Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Iowa Hawkeyes
Pitt has an opportunity to start 3-0 for the first time since 2000 should it win in Iowa City, which will be no easy task. The Panthers gave head coach Todd Graham his first win at the school with a season-opening victory over Buffalo, but struggled to pull away in a 35-29 win over FCS-level Maine next time out. The Panthers have the best running back in the country through two games, but face Iowa, Notre Dame and USF in the next three weeks.
Iowa is coming off a tough 44-41 loss in three-overtimes to bitter rival Iowa State last weekend in Ames. The Hawkeyes had the lead three different times in the fourth quarter and during the extra frames, but nonetheless dropped their first game to the Cyclones in four years. In the end, the Hawkeyes couldn’t capitalize on 11 penalties, three fumbles and two missed field goals by Iowa State. The home date with Pittsburgh will mark the beginning of a tough four-game stretch for the Hawkeyes, who close out non-league play with ULM before opening the Big Ten season at Penn State and at home against Northwestern in the following weeks.
Pittsburgh is 2-0 on the season but they havent played anyone yet until today. The Hawkeyes lost a tough one last week to the Cyclones but look for them to rebound nicely and take down the Panthers at home.