LOL. You remind me of the guy who destroys ant hills with a howitzer.This year's TCU would have beaten the Hawks 65-0.
Point is, Iowa football isn't on the tier of schools like that and never will be. Until something happens to derail OSU or Michigan both at the same time, there's no chance of winning the Big Ten. Now that there's a championship game, you essentially have to first win your division, then catch lightning in a bottle by beating a team in either UM or OSU that is so far ahead of Iowa's level we can't even see it from here.
Used to be all you had to do was have the best record or even tie for the best record and that was it, no matter who you played. There was sometimes a chance, albeit a tiny one. Now you have to not only win your division, but you have to go through a juggernaut. The odds of both of those things happening in the same year are infinitesimally small.
Iowa has played OSU 27 times since Hayden Fry took over and has won 4 of those. To make it worse, OSU is way stronger than it ever was in the 80s or 90s and getting bigger all the time. I'm sorry, folks, the B1G isn't in reach anymore until both UM and OSU are both down at the same time relative to Iowa, and I wouldn't start holding my breath for that anytime in the next 20 years. By then we won't be watching tackle football anymore.
I think Iowa would have been competitive with TCU, but we will never know.We certainly played Michigan tough in Kinnick last fall, and in 2016 and 2019. But you are certainly right about Ohio St….there is a big gap right now.
you seem very negative about Iowa football right now. I get it. The Brian stuff is mind numbing. It is wearing out the entire fan base.
I think Iowa can win the division and perhaps in the future qualify for a 12 team playoff. That is a realistic goal.