Michigan hasn’t played Iowa since the 2016 season, a game every Michigan fan remembers, unfortunately. However, it’s not just that game that went poorly for the Wolverines, nearly all of the meetings between these two programs in the last 10 years has gone well for the Hawkeyes.
Michigan enters the game as the No. 19 team in the country, with Iowa checking in at No. 14. Simply put, it’s a must-win game for Michigan.
U-M leads the overall series 41-15-4, but Iowa is 5-1 against Michigan in the last six meetings, dating back to 2009. Here’s a look at those six games:
2016: Iowa 14, Michigan 13 in Iowa City
An ugly game all-around, neither team was able to muster much in the way of offense. Iowa had 230 total yards and Michigan had 201. U-M held C.J. Beathard to 66 yards passing, but gave up more than 100 yards on the ground the Akrum Wadley.
Michigan, No. 3 in the country with a playoff appearance on the line, wasn’t able to hold off the Hawkeyes in the end. Keith Duncan connected on a 33-yard field goal to secure the upset. To this day, this game is likely the most critical loss Jim Harbaugh has suffered in a non-Ohio State game at U-M.
2013: Iowa 24, Michigan 21 in Iowa City
Michigan hasn’t won in Iowa City since 2005, so it’s a good thing this week’s game will be played at the Big House. The 2013 team wasn’t so lucky.
Michigan blew a 21-7 halftime lead as Jake Rudock, then still at Iowa, threw for 239 yards and two touchdowns (he also threw three picks). The Hawkeyes put up over 400 total yards, while Michigan only tallied 158.
2012: Michigan 42, Iowa 17 in Ann Arbor
The two-headed monster that was Devin Gardner and Denard Robinson shredded the Iowa defense in the one. Gardner threw for 314 yards and three touchdowns, while Robinson, who played running back, had 98 yards on the ground. Jeremy Gallon also had 133 yards receiving for the Wolverines.
2011: Iowa 24, Michigan 16 in Iowa City
Iowa took a 24-9 lead with 10 minutes left in the game in this one, before U-M scored a touchdown to make it look close later in the quarter.
Fitzgerald Toussaint and Robinson combined for 113 yards rushing, but neither found the end zone on the ground. Marcus Coker ran for 132 yards and two scores for the Hawkeyes.
2010: Iowa 38, Michigan 28 in Ann Arbor
Michigan trailed 28-7 after three quarters in this one before Tate Forcier came in and led the comeback effort. He finished the game with 239 yards and a touchdown, but wasn’t able to complete the comeback. Robinson had more than 100 yards rushing and Junior Hemingway had more than 100 yards receiving, but Iowa’s Adam Robinson was too much, racking up 143 yards and two touchdowns rushing. Derrell Johnson-Koulianos had 70 yards receiving and three touchdowns for Iowa.
2009: Iowa 30, Michigan 28 in Iowa City
Ricky Stanzi got the better of both Robinson and Forcier in this one, throwing for 284 yards and two scores.
Brandon Minor had a solid game on the ground, with 95 yards and two touchdowns, but the support wasn’t there from the rest of the offense.
Donovan Warren had a pick-six for U-M.