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Minnesota vs. Iowa Preview: Week 11 Odds, Weather, TV Schedule

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HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE.

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Opening Thoughts

Oh look, Iowa has decided to play better before playing Minnesota.Yay.
I honestly don't know what to think about tomorrow. Will Minnesota come out and play from the first whistle on defense and show competence on offense? Or will the defense pull an Illinois game while Mitch has an Andy Dalton like performance (not still bitter about sitting in the cold for that mess last night, nope not at all)? And Iowa...I mean, one week they are getting overpowered by frickin' Maryland (not known as a power team) and then next week they are making Northwestern fans question whether they'll ever be happy again. I don't even know anymore. I have no fear about the weekend though. I have HATE. I have confusion. But no fear.

Gnome #TAKES

Football Player Gnome Closeup

What does Football Helmet Gnome think of Iowa?

Let's just say the gnomes aren't sure which Iowa is the real one either. I'm hoping for happy Halloween town Mayor Iowa, the one who is unable to think for himself and sits there chewing gum while AIRBHG tortures Santa, er, a running back.

Light Pre-Preview Reading

TDG Links

TDG TAILGATE!!! Everything You Need To Know

Models & Bottles - Iowa

The Gopher Margin For Error Is Slim

Throwback Thursday - Rivalry Videos

Rival Blogger Q&A - Black Heart Gold Pants

Gophers Depth Chart - Week 11

The Hate Is Strong, The Desire To Win Stronger Still

HATE WEEK PRIMER


Enemy Links

Four Factor Friday: Minnesota

Iowa History: Kinnick Beats MN

BHGP Podcast - The One That Matt Is In

When/Where

Date: Saturday, November 8th

Kickoff Time: 11 AM CT

Where: TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN

Watch/Listen

TV: ESPN2

Streaming Video: WatchESPN

Radio: KFAN (100.3 in the Twin Cities) and the Gopher Radio Network (Radio Affiliates).

Streaming Audio: Locate KFAN on IHeartRadio (or the IHeartRadio app for your mobile device)

Satellite Radio: SiriusXM 195; Sirius 135; XM 195

Odds

Spread: Iowa by 1 or EVEN

O/U: 44

Weather Forecast:

For the TDG Tailgate:

TDG Tailgate weather

At kickoff and through the game:

iowa game weather

For the FLOYD IS HOME party:

floyd party weather

BRRRRRRRRRRR....

THE ENEMY

Where Are They From?

All Time Series: MN leads 361-44-2

Last Game: 23-7 Iowa win last season.

SB Nation Blog: Black Heart Gold Pants
Last Season:
8-5 (5-3 Big Ten). A solid season all around, with trophy wins over Iowa State, Minnesota, and Nebraska.
2014 Season to Date:

6-2 (3-1 B1G), with games where they have been terrible and games where they've been dominant. Their most recent game? A curb stomping of Northwestern.

Head Coach: Kirk Ferentz (16th season, 114-81 overall, 67-57 B1G)

Players to Watch:

I'm interested to see how Hawkeye On My Belly performs.

Keys to the Game:

- Offensive balance. The Gophers won't win without a passing game to keep Iowa honest. The secondary is probably stronger than the run D for Iowa, but we saw what happens when you can't pass against Illinois in the first half.

- No turnovers. We lose the TO battle we lose the game. Without question.

- Start strong. FOR THE LOVE OF FLOYD WILL YOU PLAY FROM THE START PLEASE?

How Afraid Am I?

NO FEAR. ONLY HATE.

Given the weather forecast this video seemed appropriate.

Completely Worthless Prediction:

It won't always be pretty, but it will be a win. #FREEFLOYD!

Minnesota 24 - Iowa 21.