The Iowa Hawkeyes are set to face off against the No. 2 ranked Michigan Wolverines on Saturday in the Big Ten Championship game on Saturday. And Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz and his team find themselves in a familiar spot, looking to play spoiler against a Michigan team with hopes of a College Football Playoff bid.
These two teams faced off in the 2021 Big Ten Championship, a game that No. 2 Michigan won 42-3 over Iowa. While the result didn’t go Iowa’s way, they were in a position to prevent their Big Ten rival from earning a CFP spot.
Kirk Ferentz spoke to the media on Tuesday about the chance to spoil Michigan’s postseason plans, stating that it would be “kind of funny”.
“If we win, it might screw things up (for the College Football Playoff),” said Ferentz via David Eickholt of 247 Sports. “That might be kind of funny.”
Kirk Ferentz on Michigan: "If we win, it might screw things up (for the College Football Playoff), that might be kind of funny."
— David Eickholt (@DavidEickholt) November 28, 2023
It certainly would throw a wrench in things in terms of the entire College Football Playoff picture. With a victory, Michigan will undoubtedly secure a playoff spot.
A loss however would make Michigan dependent on a number of other teams losing on Saturday to secure a spot in the Playoff.
Unfortunately for Iowa, the odds are certainly not in their favor. Michigan opens up as a 21.5-point favorite in the highly anticipated matchup.