Under Kirk Ferentz, Iowa's football program has defeated Nick Saban, Steve Spurrier, Brady Hoke.
The only programs the Hawkeyes have faced more than once under Ferentz without defeating are Nebraska and ... Western Michigan.
Saturday, Iowa gets another chance, as a 17-point favorite. The Hawkeyes were 13-point picks in 2007.
Iowa, by the way, is 19-2 against the rest of the Mid-American Conference. The two losses were in the Hawkeyes' most-recent games against MAC squads, Central Michigan last season and Northern Illinois this year.
Western Michigan vs. the Big Ten:
Michigan State 2-12
SportsGeography.com had a post last Saturday noting that Akron would have been the 6th MAC team to ever defeat a ranked Big Ten club had the Zips squeezed out a win at Michigan.
Season Date Team AP Rk Opponent Score
1962 13-Oct Miami (OH) at No. 9 Purdue (IN) 10-7
1972 16-Sep Bowling Green (OH) at No. 18 Purdue (IN) 17-14
1991 14-Sep Central Michigan at No. 18 Michigan St. 20-3
1995 16-Sep Miami (OH) at No. 25 Northwestern (IL) 30-28
2003 6-Sep Bowling Green (OH) at No. 16 Purdue (IN) 27-26