Photo Preview: Penn State @ Iowa

Kinnick will be in Stripes for Spirit Night on Saturday, October 20.

It’s been 3 weeks since the Iowa Hawkeyes played a game inside Kinnick Stadium. The last game there was a winner for the Hawkeyes, as they beat Minnesota to reclaim the Floyd of Rosedale trophy. As we all know, Kinnick can be an incredibly humiliating venue for the opposition. When the sun sets before kick-off, special things tend to happen. On Saturday, the lights will be on indeed, as kickoff against Penn State is set for 7 pm local time.

Here a some recent shots I’ve taken that should depict some good story lines heading into the game.

1. Will Mark Weisman play? He was injured late in the game last week against Michigan State, spraining an ankle on his final touchdown run late in the 4th quarter. He has been medically cleared to play, but it remains to be seen if he got enough practice in during the week. We all know Coach Ferentz doesn’t typically play the athletes who don’t practice during the week.

2. If Weisman can’t go, will freshman Greg Garmon carry the load for the Hawks ground game?

3. Will we see some surprise plays come out of new OC Greg Davis? Fans are led to believe there is lots of “trickeration” in the Hawkeye playbook. Perhaps with the certain electric atmosphere of a night-lit Kinnick Stadium, we will see some electricity in Coach Campbell’s wide receivers.

4. Let’s hope we see Mike Meyer keep his kicking game on the right track. He has been money for the Hawks. I would not be surprised if this game comes down to the right leg of Meyer.

5. The Hawkeyes are going to need to win the battle of field position. If Penn State can start and end their drives deep in their own territory, the noise in the nighttime Kinnick will never let up.

I’m also interested to see how the fans welcome Penn State into Kinnick. Will there be boos or will there be a respectful ovation? Many college football fans are rallying behind this team in the wake of the Sandusky scandal. Let’s just keep it classy folks.

Nonetheless, I’m sure the Hawkeyes will be all-in to keep their conference record unblemished.

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