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#oniowapod is walking on the moon discussing this Iowa offense

Iowa Hawkeyes running back Toren Young (28) celebrates with tight end T.J. Hockenson (38) and wide receiver Nick Easley (84) after a third quarter touchdown against Indiana at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, Ind., on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018. Iowa won 42-16. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
Iowa Hawkeyes running back Toren Young (28) celebrates with tight end T.J. Hockenson (38) and wide receiver Nick Easley (84) after a third quarter touchdown against Indiana at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, Ind., on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018. Iowa won 42-16. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)

If you’ve followed Iowa offensive football for, well, really any period of time, you know there have been more droughts than tall, green plants.

The Hawkeyes are tall corn right now.

For The Athletic’s Scott Dochterman and I — 30-something years on the beat collectively — this is a little like walking on the moon.

Iowa is having a skill player renaissance, led by quarterback Nate Stanley and tight ends Noah Fant and T.J. Hockenson, who were named co-tight ends of the week by the Mackey Award, which goes to the nation’s best tight end at the end of the year.

Kinnick will be a wind tunnel on Saturday. Maryland likes to run the ball. Really, Maryland isn’t all that interested in passing. It really, really wants to run the ball.

Iowa is going to have to throw some hammers to get through this one. The Hawkeyes’ next three games — Maryland, at Penn State, at Purdue — will have a lot to say about where you’ll regard the 2018 season.

This is the fun part. Does it feel like it?

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