Kirk Herbstreit offered up some bold claims about two B1G West teams
Kirk Herbstreit obviously doesn’t own property in the state of Iowa.
If he did, he might worry about its future whereabouts.
The ESPN college football analyst and College GameDay regular apparently wasn’t high on Iowa’s strength of schedule in 2015. The Hawkeyes, of course, recorded their first 12-0 regular season in school history and came an L.J. Scott reach away from representing the B1G in the College Football Playoff.
But according to Herbstreit, that wouldn’t have been the case if Iowa was in the SEC in 2015. And just for good measure, he apparently predicted that Iowa wouldn’t win the B1G West in 2016:
ESPN CFB Seminar ???? takes from @KirkHerbstreit:
– Iowa would be 8-4 in SEC in '15
– Minnesota wins B1G West in '16
— Chris Hassel (@hasselESPN) August 3, 2016
Herbstreit obviously wasn’t the first person to call out Iowa’s strength of schedule. Iowa took considerable flack all season for beating one ranked opponent en route to its 12-0 start.
Still, both of those claims won’t be received kindly by the Iowa faithful.
Interesting was Herbstreit’s timing. Yesterday, this very publication produced a piece on the similarities of Minnesota’s 2016 squad to Iowa’s 2015 squad. The common link is the conference schedule that avoids Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State.
Saying that the Gophers will win the West is still bold, considering Iowa was the overwhelming favorite in the B1G media poll.
Could this provide a little more juice behind Minnesota’s bid to move into the upper echelon of the B1G? Who knows.
But it’s clear that Iowa’s “us-against-the-world-mentaility” should be back in full force in 2016.