Hawkeyes prepare to face Northern Illinois at Soldier Field
Written by Rick Coleman, Sports Director - bio | email
IOWA CITY (KWWL) -
For the second time in five years--the Iowa Hawkeyes open their football season at Soldier Field in Chicago against the Northern Illinois Huskys.
Five years ago the Hawkeyes also opened their season in the Windy City.
The Hawkeyes fought to a 16-3 victory over Northern Illinois back in 2007.
Soldier Field had a distinct Hawkeye flavor as thousands of Iowa football fans let their presence be known.
Hawkeye head coach Kirk Ferentz talks about the advantages to playing the Huskys at Soldier Field again.
"It seems from our vantage point it's a win-win situation. Our fans seemed to enjoy it and embraced it, which is good. It's, I don't want to say a convenient game, but at least it's a lot better than going to the West Coast in my mind. We can get on a bus and have a fairly predictable outcome what time we're going to get there, fairly predictable outcome coming home. It will be well before midnight with some luck. That part is good.
You're playing in a pro stadium which is exciting to players. I think they like that opportunity just based on some of the bowl games we've played in pro stadiums. To me it just makes sense," Ferentz said.
The Hawks and Huskys meet at 2:30 on Saturday Afternoon.
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