Watch out for the No. 9 Iowa Hawkeyes (9-0, 5-0 Big Ten). They do not appear to be going into hiding anytime soon. Not during the regular season, anyway. No. 9 Iowa moved one step closer to making its first appearance in the Big Ten championship game by holding off an upset bid on thew road Saturday at Indiana (4-5, 0-5 Big Ten) with a 35-20 victory.
Iowa running back Akrum Wadley led the Hawkeyes with 120 yards and a touchdown, and LeShun Daniels rushed for 78 yards and two touchdowns in the win. Quarterback C.J. Beathard threw for 233 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 27 yards and one hard-fought touchdown when he took to the air to leap over defenders and blockers to cross the goal line late in the first half. He got up limping but managed to come back for the second half. Indiana running back Jordan Howard had a good game in a losing effort, rushing for 174 yards and two scores for the Hoosiers.
Next up for Iowa is a home game against Minnesota. The Gophers will be coming into the game after playing on the road at Ohio State this weekend, and of course will be playing their third game since the retirement of head coach Jerry Kill. A win next week coupled with a loss by Wisconsin would wrap up the Big Ten West Division championship for the Hawkeyes, which of course would send Iowa to the Big Ten championship game in Indianapolis.
Indiana will stay home next week and look to cook up another upset bid against a top 25 team. The Hoosiers host Michigan next week in the final home game of the season for Indiana.