116 3rd St SE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401
Polls, to me, are wildly unscientific. That certainly goes for one I threw up here a couple weeks ago asking which 2012 football game you Iowa Hawkeyes fans are most looking forward to this fall.
Nonetheless, I was surprised by the results. Out of 2,354 votes cast as of 10 p.m., Monday, 1,226 (52 percent) were cast for the Black Friday game against Nebraska.
That Nebraska would be the top choice was no shock. But the margin of which it was ... what, did Nebraska fans sneak on here to tilt things?
If so, great. I welcome Nebraskans, Utahns, Mongolians, everyone from all over the globe and beyond.
But I don't think it was skewed by our friends to the west (Nebraskans, not Utahns or Mongolians, if Mongolis is indeed west of Iowa).
Here are the poll results:
Nebraska 1,226 (52 percent)
Iowa State 271 (11.5 percent)
Michigan 209 (8.9 percent)
Penn State 202 (8.6 percent)
Minnesota 184 (7.8 percent)
Michigan State 181 (7.7 percent)
Northwestern 30 (1.3 percent)
Northern Iowa 25 (1.1 percent)
Others 26 (1.1 percent)
I thought there would be more votes for Minnesota, since the Gophers own a 2-game win streak over the Hawkeyes. I thought there would be more votes for Michigan, since Michigan is Michigan and is pretty much the favorite to win the Big Ten Legends division.
I wonder how many votes Northwestern would have gotten had Iowa not finally got that monkey off its back last year when it defeated the Wildcats.
My pick would be Michigan State. Road game, Iowa could be 5-0 entering the game (Or 4-1. Or 3-2.). And I don't think these two programs care for each other very much. Michigan and Nebraska aren't until Games 11 and 12. Who knows how important they will truly be by that time? I'm not saying they won't be important, but right now there's no way to say for sure.
By the way, what's the over-under for Nebraska fans in Kinnick Stadium on Nov. 23?