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They’re back. Facts that are fun. We call them Fun Facts.
1. The Miami-Iowa game is on ESPNU. The Hawkeyes are 8-0 all-time on ESPNU.
2. Eamon McAnaney will do the play-by-play for ESPNU. He was a captain on Notre Dame’s 1991 men’s lacrosse team.
3. If LeShun Daniels starts this game as expected, he will be the first Iowa running back to start in two straight season-openers since Albert Young in 2006 and 2007.
4. Iowa beat Miami 21-3 at Kinnick Stadium in the season-opener for both 2003, intercepting Ben Roethlisberger four times. Miami went on to go 13-1 and Iowa went 10-3. The Hawkeyes were No. 8 and the RedHawks were No. 10 in the final Associated Press rankings of that season.
5. Hawkeye cornerback Jovon Johnson had one of those picks of Roethlisberger in that 2003 game. He now plays for the Montreal Alouettes and is in his 10th Canadian Football League season. He was named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player of the 2011 season and is a five-time All-Star. He has 30 career interceptions. His 17 interceptions at Iowa is one behind school career-leaders Nile Kinnick and Devon Mitchell. Current Hawkeye cornerback Desmond King has 11.
6. Roethlisberger has thrown 5,423 NFL passes, with 3,476 completions and 272 touchdowns. In that same time, former Iowa quarterbacks have attempted zero NFL regular-season passes.
7. Chuck Martin is 5-19 through two years as Miami’s coach. Kirk Ferentz was 4-19 over his first two years as Iowa’s coach.
8. Martin was 74-7 as the head coach at Grand Valley State, where he won two NCAA Division II national-championships and had a D-II record 40-game win streak.
9. Miami has an 11-game losing streak against Big Ten teams, getting outscored 390-156 in that stretch. Its last win over a Big Ten club was a 44-14 rout at Northwestern in 2003, the week after that 21-3 defeat at Iowa.
10. The RedHawks ended a 22-game road losing streak in their 2015 season-finale, a 20-13 triumph at Massachusetts.
11. The Big Ten was 11-2 against the Mid-American Conference last season. Bowling Green got the MAC’s two wins, against Maryland and Purdue. Bowling Green will not win at Ohio State Saturday.
12. In 2009, The Sporting News ranked the top 50 coaches of all-time in U.S. college and pro sports. Miami led all schools with four alums on the list. They are Walter Alston, Paul Brown, Ara Parseghian and Bo Schembechler. The latter three played football at the school. Schembechler and Parseghian were head football coaches there, as was Woody Hayes, who also is on the TSN list. (Hayes attended Denison University.) Alston was a longtime manager of the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers who played baseball and basketball at Miami.
13. Miami’s sports teams were called the Redskins from 1888 until 1998. The NFL’s Washington Redskins have resisted changing their name.
14. Miami’s mascot is named Swoop.
15. Eleven U.S. states have a town named Miami. They are Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas and West Virginia. The most famous of the 11 may surprise you. It’s this one!
16. Lake Miami is in Monroe County, Iowa. An 18-pound bag of ice sells for $5 there. Please, don’t bring keg beer into the park.