I predicted in this space Saturday that No. 9 Iowa would defeated No. 24 Arizona in Tucson. So much for picking the winner. I best stop while I'm 0-1.
Iowa decided to carry some issues from last year into this game--turnovers. Last year, the Hawkeyes seems to triumph over their turnovers and win some close games. Saturday night, the golden slipper came off.
Iowa played a miserable first half and then came charging back in the second half. But it was the Wildcats' party and victory time.
It was a huge, statement game for Arizona. Iowa suffered a big loss with high hopes for a special season.
The real question mark for Iowa is how it will react to the defeat. Will the Hawks put it in the past or will it lingering and negatively affective the rest of the season?
Coaches receive big paychecks and this development will require serious coaching attention.
The Hawkeyes should be fine against Ball State this week (no prediction), but the Big Ten season is swiftly approaching. With the likes of Penn State and Ohio State in the future, Hawkeye fans cannot feel as confident going into those games.
Certainly, they would have been pumped at 3-0, but the reality is a deep blemish at 2-1.
Will Iowa rebound?