The Iowa trip is always a fun one. I can say it is the only trip were the hotel owner was the first person to meet us at the door and welcome us to his establishment. Alan Zazza was his name and he had an entire hall dedicated to college football. He loved football and treated everyone like they were royalty. Alan recently passed away, but he will surely be remember for all of his kindness and his ability to put a smile on everyone’s face.
The main thing that everyone talks about when they think of Iowa is the visiting locker room. Why? Probably because it is pink. All the older guys told us it was pink but you never really imagine just how pink it is. Everything from wall to wall is pink and makes you feel like you are in your little sister’s room, only without the Jonas Brothers posters. The idea behind it is to try to sooth and calm the visiting team and give Iowa and advantage. I don’t know if it calmed me or not because I was to busy thinking to myself: “Damn, this is one pink room.”
About the Game
Kinnick Stadium is always a difficult place to play and I am sure that Saturday will be no different. Penn State holds the series leas at 11-9, winning 7 of the 10 games at Iowa. The Lions last win in Kinnick Stadium was 1999. Iowa comes into the game with a 5-4 record and is looking forward to be the first team to put a blemish on PSU’s flawless season. Led by a strong defense (ranked in the Top 25 nationally) and the power running of junior back Shonn Greene, the Hawkeyes are sure to challenge PSU all game.
How I See it
While the Hawkeyes have a great defense and one of the nation’s best running backs, they are still a very one dimensional team offensively. Penn State has had great success against similar teams. I see the Lions slowing down Greene in a similar fashion to the way they halted Chris Wells and will ride a strong performance by Evan Royster to a pretty sizable win. Penn State plays a strong all around game and rolls over Iowa 31-14.