I am the proud owner of two tickets to the Iowa game October 10 at Iowa City, courtesy of a guy I know whose parents are in the Kinnick Society (apparently a high-powered booster organization for Iowa athletics). My fiancee (who's a Hawkeye fan) and I have seats in section 127, row 59, which is about the 45-yard line, press box side. I have been to two games at Kinnick so far: Iowa versus Syracuse and Iowa versus Florida International or Atlantic (can't recall which). Both games were blow-outs in Iowa's favor, and so I've yet to see an unhappy Hawkeye crowd. I presume that since the Michigan game is a night game, that there will be plenty of alcohol-fueled Michigan haters ready to pick on me. Let's hope for an undefeated Wolverine team heading into Iowa City next week.
The general consensus here in Iowa is that Hawkeye fans are nervous about the Michigan game, but they are feeling much more secure and confident after the Hawkeye performance at State College. The Iowa offense is really not that good, but they have a good O-line and some very good young running backs. Stanzi is the type of QB who you want to just not lose the game for you. Receivers are average. Kicker is decent, and the Hawkeye punter is on par with He Who Cannot Be Named. Iowa defense is just plain good -- possibly the best front seven in the Big Ten. One of their safeties, Tyler Sash, has had a bunch of picks already, but he's been Johnny-on-the-Spot against some weak players (Arnaud from Iowa State comes to mind).
I also have four tickets to the Illinois game in Champaign on Halloween, and so my fiancee and I are meeting two friends from Indianapolis there. I have not been to Memorial Stadium, but I understand that I'm in for a pretty brutal time. Hell, just last summer, driving through Illinois, I saw "Muck Fichigan" t-shirts in a convenience store. I just hope that the Illini continue to struggle, and that Juice Williams is not going to replicate his performance from last year against us.
Anyone else going to these games?