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Hawks prepare for tough test at Indiana

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After a hot start in the Big Ten with wins over Minnesota and Michigan State, the Hawks have dropped back-to-back games.

Iowa Head Coach Kirk Ferentz says, "I'm concerned about everything right now. Offense, defense, and special teams and just how we play collectively."

As criticism that Iowa hasn't shown much improvement since the start of the season grows, Iowa needs just two more wins to become bowl eligible, something they've done 11 straight years. And, with four games left, the Hawkeyes still have faith.

"We come to work here, we have a system we believe in and we know it works," said Hawkeye center Brian Ferentz.

On Saturday, the Hawkeyes face a 3-5 Indiana Hoosier team whose record is not indicative of their season. Four of their five losses were by four points or less.

"It won't be easy this week. It's another high tempo group the third week in a row," said Ferentz.

Iowa's defense is in for a tough test this weekend considering Indiana's pass offense ranks tops in the Big Ten.

"With this situation, obviously with them passing a little more, then yeah it'll put a little bit more added pressure to get pressure on the quarterback," said Iowa defensive lineman Steve Bigach.

The Hawkeye's offense has an opportunity to shine, as Indiana falls at the bottom of the conference for total defense. But quarterback James Vandenberg says they have something to be aware of.

"They take some risks, but it's a high risk, high reward defense. They believe in what they're doing and they do hold up when they do wanna pressure us and take advantage of some one-on-one opportunities," said Vandenberg.

Kick-off for Saturday's game is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Central time in Bloomington, Indiana.

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