Howe’s High 5: Iowa-South Dakota State

Iowa City, Iowa – It’s wise not to overreact to a season opener, win or lose. There is a long way to go and the first race doesn’t always predict how the campaign will go.

In 2009, Iowa Football needed a late blocked field goal in Week 1 to top Northern Iowa. That team won the Orange Bowl. Two years ago, in a Covid-shortened season, the Hawkeyes started 0-2 before reeling off six straight wins.

That probably won’t ease the arm-wringing caused by Saturday’s 7-3 win against South Dakota State in the 2022 opener here at Kinnick Stadium. It shouldn’t. This team has a long way to go, especially on offense.

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