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Former Foes Week 9: Iowa Gets Back on The Winning Track

Your weekly breakdown of how Penn State’s former foes (and bros in Starkville) are faring.

NCAA Football: Purdue at Iowa Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

The list of Penn State’s former foes has gotten rather extensive at this point, which is an indication that we’re more than halfway through the college football season, already. Savor it folks, because soon enough it will be mid-January, and the confetti will have dropped on Clemson-Bama V in New Orleans.

Former Foes

Idaho Vandals

Last Seen: The Vandals raced out to a 17-0 lead in the first quarter against their in-state rivals Idaho State and never looked back, winning 45-21.

Up Next: Idaho gets an extra week to bask in the sweet victory over their rivals, as they are on a bye this weekend.

2019 Record: 3-5

Buffalo Bulls

Last Seen: The bye week sure seemed to help Buffalo figure out its issues, as they went on the road at Akron and blanked the Zips, 21 to zip.

Up Next: Da Bulls head back home to Upstate New York, as they play host this Saturday to Central Michigan and their shark-adoring head coach, Jim McElwain.

2019 Record: 3-4

Pittsburgh Panthers

Last Seen: Taking care of business on the road at Syracuse with a 27-20 victory. Don’t look now, but Pitt is only another win or two away from being ranked for the first time since late November 2016.

Up Next: The Fightin’ Narduzzis return home to their friendly yellow-seated confines to take on a battered, bruised, and demoralized group of Miami Hurricanes this Saturday.

2019 Record: 5-2

Maryland Terrapins

Last Seen: The Terps put up a fight against Indiana at home, as they had a chance down 34-28 in the final couple of minutes to drive for the go-ahead touchdown/extra point. Alas, Maryland QB Tyrell Pigrome threw an interception that killed the team’s hopes and in effect, killed what little bowl hopes they had remaining (take a look at Maryland’s November slate folks, it is brutal).

Up Next: Maryland heads to Minneapolis to take on your undefeated, 17th-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers this Saturday. Before you chalk this one up as a sure-fire loss for the Terps, remember that Minnesota has inexplicably lost to Maryland the last two years straight. Much like with Penn State and Michigan State, there will be a mental block to overcome for the Gophers. Something to keep an eye on, at least.

2019 Record: 3-4

Purdue Boilermakers

Last Seen: Giving Iowa a fight on the road before ultimately succumbing in a 26-20 loss.

Up Next: The Boilers play host to an Illinois team coming off their epic upset over previously sixth-ranked Wisconsin. This could either go really poorly for Purdue or quite well, depending on whether Illinois is still high from last Saturday.

2019 Record: 2-5

Iowa Hawkeyes

Last Seen: Ending a two-game losing skid by taking down Purdue at home, 26-20.

Up Next: The Hawkeyes take to the road this Saturday to face a lowly Northwestern team.

2019 Record: 5-2

Michigan Wolverines

Last Seen: Coming up just short of what would have been the largest comeback in Michigan football history after spotting Penn State 21 points on the road.

Up Next: The Wolverines’ playoff and B1G title hopes are dead, but they still have a golden opportunity to knock off a Top 10 team at home this Saturday night when they host eighth-ranked Notre Dame.

2019 Record: 5-2

Former Bros

Mississippi State Bulldogs

Last Seen: Getting predictably rocked at home by the offensive juggernaut that is LSU football. This loss of course, did absolutely nothing to quell the swirl of rumors about Joe Moorhead leaving Starkville to take the Rutgers job (EDITOR’S NOTE: Don’t do it, Joe! We love you too much).

Up Next: Clanga hits the road to take on Texas A&M this Saturday.

2019 Record: 3-4