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Iowa Football: Three wins guarantee Legends title

[ 10 ] November 6, 2011 |

IOWA CITY, Ia. – Broderick Binns told the truth when asked what the Iowa football team can accomplish during the final three games of the regular season.

While his teammates sang the one-day-at-a-time theme after the Hawkeyes’ 24-16 upset of now-No. 22 Michigan Saturday at Kinnick Stadium, Binns offered this bit of refreshing honesty.

Asked if his mind sometimes wanders into the future while absorbing the small print of whatever book Psychology majors read, Binns admitted sometimes he couldn’t help but think ahead.

“Yeah, I know what we can do,” he said. “Emotions are going to be running high.”

Iowa can guarantee winning the Big Ten Conference’s first Legends Division championship if it beats 13th-ranked Michigan State at 11 a.m., Saturday at Kinnick Stadium. . .and if it wins at Purdue for just the second time in 20 years on Nov. 19, and finally, if it wins its first-ever conference game at 19th-ranked Nebraska on Nov. 25.

Three games. Three wins.

One title.

“Being a senior, I know that you have to take it one step at a time,” Binns said, reverting to the company line. “You can’t look too far into the future, but we know what’s out there.”

In this uncertain world that is the Legends Division, a berth in the Big Ten’s Dec. 3 championship game in Indianapolis is “out there” for three other teams, as well.

It’s out there for leader Michigan State, which improved its league record to 4-1 after Saturday’s 31-24 victory against Minnesota. After Saturday’s Iowa game, the Spartans face Indiana and Northwestern, teams with a combined 2-10 conference record.

If the Spartans and Hawkeyes stumble, it’s out there for Nebraska and Michigan, too.

Nebraska’s next three opponents (at Penn State, at Michigan, vs. Iowa) are 11-4 in the league.

Michigan’s next three foes (at Illinois, vs. Nebraska, vs. Ohio State) are 8-7 in the league.

Is Iowa looking ahead?

“Only if we’re idiots,” coach Kirk Ferentz said. “When they get up Monday morning, they’ve got to flip the page. We’ve got another tough challenge.”

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