|Big Ten Conference|
|Iowa City, Iowa|
|Black and Gold|
|CFP National Championships|
The Iowa Hawkeyes football team represents the University of Iowa in NFCAA. The Hawkeyes compete in the West division of the Big Ten Conference. The school colors are black and gold. The mascot is Herky the Hawk, introduced in 1948.
Overall Record: 9-7
Bowl Record: 0-1
Record vs Top 25: 4-3
Record vs Top 10: 2-1
This was the inaugural season for Fake College Football (fCFB). James Pablano was hired by Iowa early on. He was the eighth coach hired in the country and the third in the Big Ten Conference. Coach Pablano left the program after week 11 and was replaced by Benedict Snyder. Coach Snyder coached the teams remaining two game. At the end of the season Snyder went to Minnesota and Tulane coach Basmine Hendrix was brought in.
|1||vs||#3 Alabama||20-7 W||Alabama v Iowa|
|2||vs||#8 Iowa State||34-27 (OT) W||Iowa State v Iowa|
|3||@||Virginia||27-7 W||Iowa v Virginia|
|4||@||#23 Penn State||25-21 W||Iowa v Penn State|
|5||@||#24 Illinois||31-27 W||Iowa v Illinois|
|6||vs||Northwestern||31-7 W||Northwestern v Iowa|
|7||vs.||UCLA||21-24 L||Iowa v UCLA|
|8||vs||Maryland||47-13 W||Iowa v Maryland|
|9||@||Purdue||57-14 L||Purdue v Iowa|
|10||@||Minnesota||28-10 W||Minnesota v Iowa|
|11||vs||Wisconsin||49-45 L||Iowa v Wisconsin|
|12||vs||Nebraska||50-42 L||Iowa v Nebraska|
|Holiday Bowl||vs||#19 USC||37-36 L||Iowa v USC|
|1||NR (62 votes)|
|2||NR (75 votes)|
|1||@||#2 Missouri||45-41 L||Missouri v Iowa|
|2||@||#13 Iowa State||41-27 L||Iowa St v Iowa|
|3||vs||Houston||26-20 W||Iowa v Houston|
|4||vs||Appalachian State||42-25 L||Iowa v App St|
|5||vs||Purdue||32-26 W||Iowa v Purdue|
|6||@||Rutgers||34-10 W||Rutgers v Iowa|
Cy-Hawk Trophy (Iowa State)
One of the top non-conference rivalry games in the country, the Cy-Hawk Trophy is fought over in week 2 of each season. Both original coaches are from the original 10. Expect each game to be hard fought no matter what the expectations for either team are before the season.
The first fCFB meeting between the in-state rivals brought together the 8th ranked Cyclones and still unranked Hawkeyes. Iowa had defeated pre-season number 3 Alabama but the game did not finish so many voters were uncertain of Iowa's fortitude. Iowa State had defeated Illinois in Week 1 and was ready to earn back the number 1 ranking.
Iowa made the first big move of the game, intercepting a pass and taking over in Iowa State territory. However, the Cyclone defense held and blocked a field goal attempt. Following a couple of punts, the Cyclones coughed up a fumble and the Hawkeyes took over. Four plays later Iowa ran in the endzone and took a 7-0 lead. Iowa forced a Cyclone punt and ran out the first half.
The second half's first play from scrimmage was a 50 yard touchdown run for Iowa State and the score was tied 7-7. Iowa tried to respond by eventually going for it on 4th and 3 but did not convert. The Hawkeye defense was stout and forced a punt. A 61 yard touchdown pass by Iowa with 73 seconds left in the 3rd gave the home team a 14-7 lead. Following a three and out, the Cyclones had their punt blocked into the endzone and recovered by Iowa. A missed PAT left the door ajar and the score was 20-7. Iowa State closed out the quarter with a touchdown of their own and the final quarter started with a score of 20-14.
Iowa State's defense came out looking for a stop and found a third down fumble. The Cyclones converted one 4th down and then another to score a touchdown with 4:04 remaining. However, Iowa State also missed the extra point, knotting the game at 20. Iowa took the ball 70 yards in two plays and took a 27-20 lead. Iowa State turned the ball over on downs after a couple of third down conversions and Iowa tried to kneel out the clock. However, the Cyclones used their timeouts wisely and got the ball back with 97 yards to go and 37 seconds left. All it took was one play and the score was again tied. Iowa could not move the ball and was forced to punt. However Iowa State could not make another miracle and the game went to overtime.
Iowa started with the ball first and scored in 3 plays. A converted extra point made the score 34-27. The Kinnick crowd was in a fervor and Iowa State took over. On first down the Iowa middle linebacker intercepted the pass and collapsed to the ground as his teammates swarmed him. The game was over and Iowa hoisted the Cy-Hawk trophy in victory.
Floyd of Rosedale (Minnesota)
Nebraska and Iowa play annually as they are both in the Big Ten West Division. The Heroes Trophy has been awarded to the winner of the Iowa–Nebraska game since the 2011 season. "The Heroes Game," as it is known, takes place on Black Friday and is last game of the regular season. The teams have met 48 times, with the series dating back to 1891. The Cornhuskers lead the series 29–16-3 in real life, and also lead 1-0 in fCFB.
The 2018 Heroes Game in Iowa City was a surprising affair. Although Iowa was ranked #11, they had just dropped out of the College Football Playoff picture after a tough overtime loss to Wisconsin 45-49 the week before bumping them five spots down from #6. The 8-3 Hawkeyes were led by BoomerSooner5 as they hosted the 5-6 Cornhuskers and their head coach Giordano_5, who was 0-2 in 2 close matchups against Wisconsin (42-47) and Northwestern (31-32) leading into the game. Despite the difference in records, Iowa opened as only 3-point favorites over Nebraska in the regular season finale.
After forcing a three-and-out on Iowa's first drive and then stalling out on their own, Nebraska and Iowa traded punts back and forth until Nebraska broke out on a 70-yard touchdown pass with 1:43 left in the 1st quarter. After that, Nebraska kept a hold of the lead, taking a 21-6 lead into halftime, and 42-19 into the 4th quarter. Down 52-32 in the 4th, Iowa was able to run a kickoff back and convert on the 2-point attempt after a Husker touchdown, but with only 1:23 left in the 4th quarter the Hawkeyes were unable to recover the onside kick and Nebraska was able to run out the clock to secure the 52-40 victory
Though Nebraska came away with the victory and held on throughout the game, statistically speaking the game was much harder fought than the score indicated. Iowa put up 428 total yards of offense, 306 passing and 122 rushing, while Nebraska put up 368 yards of offense, 326 passing and only 42 yards rushing. The most important distinction between the teams was Iowa's 4 turnovers- 1 interception and 3 fumbles- while Nebraska committed 0 turnovers.
Iowa ended the regular season 8-4 and was knocked out of Big Ten Championship contention. The Hawkeyes were relegated to the Holiday Bowl against USC where they lost 36-37 after blowing a 33-20 4th quarter lead. They ended the season ranked #24 after the 3-game losing streak.