Northern Iowa, Iowa. They’re both from the same state. You can tell that from their names.
So much for prologue. Here are the Panthers-Hawkeyes Fun Facts!
1. UNI won the first meeting between the two, in 1898. Iowa is 16-0 in their series since.
2. Northern Iowa was known as Iowa State Normal School when it beat the Hawkeyes 11-5 in 1898. After that contest, five Iowa players quit the team. Unfazed, the Hawkeyes went 2-0-1 in their remaining three games.
3. Counting kickers, punters and long snappers, the Panthers have 17 Iowans listed as first-teamers this week and the Hawkeyes have 15.
4. Only Arizona State (11) has more quarterback sacks in FBS than Iowa’s nine. Hawkeye A.J. Epenesa is in a 10-way tie for the national individual lead at three. Among those co-leaders is Northern Illinois’ Sutton Smith, who had one at Iowa and two last week against Utah.
5. The Hawkeyes have 26 former players on NFL active rosters, the Panthers four. But no former Hawkeye running back is in the league, while ex-UNI running back David Johnson just signed a contract extension with the Arizona Cardinals that includes $30 million in guaranteed money.
6. Iowa and UNI have a combined nine players from Waukee, which had a population of 19,284 in 2016.
7. Teams from Power Five conferences are 33-1 this season against FCS opponents. The only loser was Kansas, against Nicholls.
8. Hawkeye tight ends have 18 catches, while their wide receivers have nine. That’s not a typical ratio for a college football team.
9. UNI running backs coach Quentin Griffin rushed for 3,938 yards and had 5,275 all-purpose yards at Oklahoma from 1999-2002.
10. Nebraska is averaging 565 yards, Iowa 311.5. The Huskers are 0-1, the Hawkeyes 2-0.
11. This is the fifth-straight season Iowa has won its first two games.
12. Five Hawkeye linebackers have made their first career starts this season … in just two games.
14. Iowa is second nationally in scoring defense, allowing 5.0 points per game. Toledo is first at 3.0, but it has played just one game, against VMI. Toledo plays Miami (Fla.) Saturday.
15. Former Iowa quarterback Paul Burmeister and former UNI quarterback Kurt Warner are broadcasters for NBC and NFL Network, respectively. They were broadcast-partners for Arena Football League games several years ago, and ex-Hawkeye defensive lineman Anthony Herron was a sideline reporter. The three were a team on NFL Network’s ArenaBowl XXIII and XXIV telecasts in 2010 and 2011.
16. The UNI-Iowa game is sold out. Iowa didn’t sell out Kinnick Stadium last year for Penn State or Ohio State, nor did it in 2016 for Nebraska. This will be the fourth sellout in the last five Panthers-Hawkeyes games.
17. Among entertainers performing on the UNI campus before the year is over are David Spade, Amy Grant, Emmylou Harris, Rick Springfield and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.
18. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy was featured in the movie “Swingers,” one of Fun Facts’ favorites.
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19. The UNI-Dome and Kinnick Stadium are 89 miles apart. Also 89 miles apart: Annapolis and Ocean City (Maryland), Bozeman and West Yellowstone (Montana), Helsinki and Tampere (Finland), Baylor and TCU (Big 12).
20. Center Point is 45 miles from Iowa City and 46 miles from Cedar Falls. So when it comes to this game, it pretty much is the center point.