A big game this weekend: Iowa plays Iowa State in the Big Ten championship game at 4 p.m.
Friday at the Iowa Events Center.
The Hawkeyes face a tough schedule, but they’re coming off a bye week.
The Owls also have two other games against ranked opponents.
Saturday’s game will be televised on ESPN2 and will be a prime-time contest.
If you have a satellite dish, be sure to watch it.
Iowa is 4-0 this season when leading at halftime.
It also has an upset over a ranked opponent in the season opener.
The game is expected to be close, but a victory by Iowa would send the Hawkeyes into the championship game against Michigan.
A win by Iowa, however, would mean a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament, which is why the Hawgs are in the top spot.
Iowa’s last win came against Michigan in the 2008 Sweet 16.
The last time the Hawkeye beat the Wolverines was in the 2010 NCAA Tournament.
Iowa has won 20 straight games and is ranked No. 1 in the country.
Iowa was 1-4 in the league and lost its final two games of the season.
The Cougars have won four straight and are 2-0 against ranked teams.
The first matchup between Iowa and Michigan on Saturday is expected in the middle of a weekend series between Iowa State and Nebraska.
The Huskers will play host to Purdue on Saturday.
Iowa plays Minnesota on Saturday at 3:30 p.r.m., and Nebraska plays Iowa on Saturday night at 2:30.
If Iowa plays its game against Iowa State, Nebraska is 4½ games ahead of Iowa and 2½ games behind Michigan.
If Nebraska plays against Iowa, it will have a one-game lead over Iowa in the conference standings.
Iowa beat Iowa State last season, a 42-20 victory in Ames, Iowa.
Iowa State won a tough 41-23 decision at Minnesota last Saturday.
The Horned Frogs have won six of seven meetings with Iowa.
The Cyclones are 5-0 all-time against the Hawkers.
Iowa and Minnesota will play for the Big Eight title on Saturday evening.
Iowa won the last meeting in the series on Jan. 8, 2009, beating Minnesota 27-14 in Ames.
The win capped a dominant Iowa season, which was the Hawks only loss in the last three seasons.
The most recent win came last season when Iowa beat Minnesota, 34-0.
Iowa will be looking to get back on track after a bye.
The Frogs had lost three of their last four games.
Iowa played Iowa State on Saturday, which won 41-20.
The winner of the game will play either Michigan State or Nebraska on Saturday in the second semifinal.
Iowa earned a Big Ten Tournament bid last season.
Iowa lost its opening game in the tournament against Michigan, 28-0, but then beat Michigan again to earn a berth.
The Bulldogs lost their second game in Ames to a Nebraska team that beat Michigan, 27-23, but were knocked out in the Sweet 16 game.
Iowa came into this weekend’s game against Minnesota on the heels of a 28-24 loss to Michigan.
The Iowa State players and coaches have been working hard to improve the team’s defense.
Iowa finished with a 17th-ranked defense last season and was tied for fifth in scoring defense with Illinois.
Iowa took care of the ball well in the first half, but Michigan scored twice in the opening minutes of the second half to tie the game.
The Wolverines scored five touchdowns in the game, including a score that came when Iowa quarterback Josh Adams threw a touchdown pass.
Michigan is 7-2 all-Time against Iowa.
Michigan played Iowa last season in Ames when Iowa won a 43-34 overtime thriller in Ames in the 2015 Big Ten title game.