IOWA CITY – Iowa has played Western Michigan three times previously, and two of the meetings turned out ugly for the Hawkeyes as they look to even things up with the Broncos Saturday in Kinnick Stadium.
Saturday’s game will be the fourth meeting all-time between Iowa and Western Michigan. The Broncos hold a 2-1 advantage in the series, winning 27-21 in 2000 and 28-19 in 2007. The Hawkeyes won the most recent meeting, 59-3, in 2013 when P.J. Fleck (current Minnesota head coach) was Western Michigan’s head coach.
The Hawkeyes have won their last five games against teams from the Mid-American Conference. Iowa’s last loss to a MAC team came against Northern Illinois, 30-27, in the 2013 season opener.
Date: Sept. 16, 2023
Stadium: Kinnick Stadium (69,250)
Surface: Field Turf
Radio: Hawkeye Radio Network/KRUI
Series Record: WMU leads, 2-1
In Iowa City: WMU leads, 2-1
Last Meeting: W, 59-3, in Iowa City, 9/21/13
Iowa is favored by over 4 touchdowns at moment of publish on Friday.
9/9/00 – L, 21-27 (H)
11/17/07 – L, 19-28 (H)
9/21/13 – W, 59-3 (H)
WESTERN MICHIGAN SO FAR THIS REGULAR SEASON:
VS St Francis PA: W 35-17
@ Syracuse: L 48-7
KIRK FERENTZ ON WESTERN MICHIGAN:
Playing a 1-1 Western Michigan football team. They’ve had a good program quite some time. Made a coaching change this past offseason. They have a new head coach, who has an offensive background. Kind of interesting. They have a lot of new faces on the offensive staff. Defensively, they’ve retained the coordinator. Coach Esposito has been there quite some time. Basically it’s the same defensive staff, pretty much a new offensive staff. Then they brought a special teams team coach who was the (indiscernible) coach at Louisville last year. He’s running the special teams.
Basically in a nutshell, offensively it’s a little bit of a mix from what we’ve seen from the last two weeks. Some carryover in terms of preparation. Certainly, one of our goals is to try to get off the field a little bit quicker, if we can moving forward.
Then defensively, would describe as a very aggressive and multiple defense. Very active. We have our hands full there in terms of preparation.
It’s kind of interesting, they got hit by the transfer portal, lost some good football players in the portal. They’ve also brought some new guys in that added to the personality of their football team. Specifically they got a couple guys on defense that are big-time players doing a great job. We’re going to need to account for those guys if we plan to move the ball.