Michigan “played a huge game of football” on Saturday


Kirk Ferentz has Iowa in the Big Ten Championship Game against a Michigan team who made a statement last week. The 66-year-old Hawkeyes head coach is more than impressed with what he saw of the Wolverines in Saturday’s win over Ohio State.

Michigan, 11-1 on the season, is one win away from its first college football playoff appearance. In their own way, Iowa (10-2), a program that has won four straight games.

At his weekly press conference on Tuesday, Ferentz congratulated Michigan on their 42-27 home win over Ohio State. The victory propelled the Wolverines to second place in the current college football playoff standings.

“They are extremely talented in all phases. They have good depth. Very talented and well coached. And for me, that’s typical of good teams. But Michigan has a real identity, offensively, defensively, special teams. You can tell their players that they fully believe in what they are doing. They do it well and they do it with a lot of energy and play at a high level, ”Ferentz told reporters.

“So it’s all to the credit of their football team. They have had a great season. It started off on the right foot. Had the only bump in the road and came back right away and finished the season impressively.

“I can’t imagine them playing much better than last Saturday against an extremely talented team and a very good football team. They played a great football game.

During their four-game winning streak, Iowa faced three teams with record losses and have an average winning margin of just under seven points per game. Not really inspiring stuff.

“It’s going to be a tough challenge for us. We are delighted, ”said Ferentz. “It’s an opportunity, sure, but we have a lot of work to do in the meantime to prepare. I am proud of our football team.

Ferentz has been in Iowa for 23 years, compiling a 178-108 record and a 9-8 record in bowling. They have won their last three bowl games.


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