The Hawkeye Fans’ Weekend Primer
Top 5 Things to watch this weekend if you’re a Hawkeye Fan:
1. NFL Games (Sunday at 2 p.m. (CST) on FOX and 5:30 p.m. on CBS)
- This is an obvious No. 1, even if there aren’t any former Hawkeyes playing. Eight ex-Hawkeyes entered the NFL Playoffs and now only two remain with a shot to hoist the Lombardi Trophy. Bryan Bulaga and the Green Bay Packers face the Chicago Bears at 2 p.m. CST, while Shonn Greene and the NY Jets look to knock off the Pittsburgh Steelers in the nightcap at 5:30 p.m.
2. Nile Kinnick: Big Ten Icon No. 7 (Sunday at 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.)
- The Big Ten Network is counting down the 50 greatest Big Ten student-athletes. Hawkeye legend Nile Kinnick comes in at No. 7. Kinnick played for the Black and Gold from 1936-39 and won the Heisman Trophy in 1939 — the only Iowa player to ever receive the honor. Keith Jackson hosts the half hour special at 4:30 and 8 p.m. CST. If you’re watching the NFL games, I’d recommend DVR because this is something Hawkeye fans won’t want to miss.
3. East-West Shrine Game (Saturday at 3 p.m. on the NFL Network)
- Former Hawkeye defensive lineman Karl Klug and punter Ryan Donahue have one last game to show NFL scouts what they’re capable of. According to posts on Twitter from National Football Post’s Wes Bunting and ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg, Klug has received mixed reviews from pro scouts. The pair of ex-Hawks will oppose one another in this game, with Klug playing for the West and Donahue on the East.
4. Indiana vs. Iowa basketball game (Sunday on The Big Ten Network at 2 p.m. CST)
- Iowa is winless in the conference (0-6). The Hawkeyes have dropped their last four games by at least 10 points. Indiana isn’t much better (1-5). The Hoosiers recently snapped a six-game losing streak of their own, beating Michigan, 80-61. But Indiana lost its last game to Wisconsin. Simply put, this may be the best shot the Hawkeyes will have a winning a Big Ten game for a while.
5. Iowa vs. Ohio State wrestling match (Saturday at 3 p.m. CST on The Big Ten Network)
- The Hawkeyes will look to bounce back from its tie to Oklahoma State when it hosts Ohio State at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Iowa leads the all-time series against the Buckeyes, 35-2. Ohio State could have a little bit of extra motivation this weekend, though. Columbus, Ohio was one of the three finalists to host the 2012 Olympic Wrestling Trials, but lost the bid to Iowa City.
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