The Gophers lead the all-time series with a 61-43-2 record. The Hawkeyes won last season 31-13 in Iowa City, but the Gophers won the previous two meetings - both at TCF Bank Stadium.
The two teams play for The Floyd of Rosedale Trophy, which began in 1935. The trophy began as a bet between the governors of each state to ease tension between the two schools. The Gophers have a 41-35-2 record when playing for Floyd.
Top Hawkeyes players
Offense: Mark Weisman. The running back leads the Hawkeyes in rushing (468 yards) and all-purpose yards (468). He is a big, bruising, downhill runner. He is one of the more difficult running backs to tackle when he gets moving north-south.
Defense: Anthony Hitchens. The linebacker leads the Hawkeyes in solo tackles (17), total tackles (37) and tackles for a loss (four). He also has one sack, one pass break up and one quarterback hurry.
Gopher keys to victory
Win in the trenches
The Gophers and Hawkeyes are both physical running teams. The team that pushes the line of scrimmage will win the game.
Avoid a slow start
The Gophers have not lost when leading at halftime under Jerry Kill. Basically, lead at half and then put them away.
The Gophers are undefeated with four convincing non-conference victories. The Hawkeyes have one loss on the season. That coming against the Northern Illinois Huskies, who played in the Orange Bowl last season. There are a lot of ramifications in this game. There is the pig, bragging rights and possibly a bowl invitation on the line. Both teams are expected to finish around the six-win mark at season's end and this game could determine which one goes to a bowl game and which one has to watch. The Gophers should have a close lead at half and then pull away to improve to 5-0. Gophers 31, Hawkeyes 17.