I know all I have to do is type “Iowa football” and I’ll get Variation No. 888 of the same complaints about the Hawkeyes from the same handful of people in the comments section.
They’ll show up on this post, too. And I can rightly be accused of stoking their fires with this, I guess, but I refer you to the first sentence of this post.
By the way, if the usual suspects want to hold off just this one time, no one will hold it against them.
That said … Iowa leads FBS in games decided by 3 points or less, with six. That’s 60 percent of their games. You don’t see that any old year.
The Hawkeyes were in two such games last season when they went 7-6, four in 2010 when they went 8-5, five in 2009 when they went 11-2, and four in 2008 when they went 9-4. That was a four-year total of 35-17, by the way. They weren’t bad times, all in all, unless you don’t like Outback and Orange bowls. And I’ve been to worse bowls than the Insight. Oh, yes I have.
Here are the six such games this season:
vs. Northern Illinois W 18-17
vs. Iowa State L 9-6
vs. Central Michigan L 32-31
at Michigan State W 19-16 (2 OT)
at Indiana L 24-21
vs. Purdue L 27-24
I am counting all games that went overtime as 3-point games, because they were tied at the end of regulation. That said, here are the others with four or more:
Wyoming 5 (plus a 5-point win over New Mexico yesterday)
Notre Dame 4
Wisconsin 4 (plus a 5-point win over Northern Iowa)
Michigan State 4 (plus two 4-point games)
Indiana 4 (plus one 4-point game)
Other Big Ten teams:
Ohio State, Purdue 3
Nebraska, Northwestern, Michigan 2
Penn State, Minnesota 1
As you can see, the Big Ten easily has more 3-point-or-less games than any league in the nation. They are much fewer and further between in the Big 12 and Pac-12.