From this angle, it doesn't look like the Iowa Hawkeyes will have too many easy victories in the Big Ten this year.
Maybe none at all.
If nothing else, that's what the last two games have taught us about the 2016 Hawkeyes.
Iowa is good enough to beat just about anyone on its schedule - although Wisconsin and Michigan could be a stretch at this point - but it also appears the vulnerable Hawks could lose to anyone.
The 23-21 setback to North Dakota State last week was an eye-opener. And scoring only 14 points against Rutgers in a 14-7 victory Saturday also raised some eyebrows.
The Hawkeyes did not score in the first 29 minutes of the game Saturday in New Jersey. And if Rutgers star Damarian Grant had not suffered a serious ankle injury late in the first half, the Hawkeyes might have limped home with a loss in the Big Ten opener.
Grant is a special talent, as he displayed when he eluded four UI tacklers on a 76-yard pass play late in the first half. Iowa cornerback Desmond King accidentally stepped on Grant's right ankle when he tackled Grant at the 3-yard line, and that turn of events may have decided the game.
Rutgers did not score from the 3-yard line, Grant did not return after catching 5 passes for 98 yards in the first half and the Hawkeyes were able to prevail on Akrum Wadley's 26-yard touchdown scamper with 8:35 left in the game after Brandon Snyder forced a Rutgers fumble and recovered the ball at the Rutgers 21-yard line. Read more...