Some of the things we learned in Iowa’s 38-28 victory over Michigan on Saturday:
– Denard Robinson is not a Heisman Trophy candidate. He probably isn’t even the best quarterback on his team. Tate Forcier made some mistakes, too, but he also shredded the Iowa defense for the better part of the second half. Michigan looks as though it could use a good running back. So, why not move Robinson to running back and get both these guys on the field at the same time?
– We may have found the chink in Iowa’s armor: Cornerbacks. Shaun Prater looked lost a few times Saturday and Micah Hyde looked worse. Both players have some ability, but some improvement is needed if the Hawkeyes are going to make a run at the Big Ten title. They’re going to face better quarterbacks in almost every game the rest of the season.
– Iowa has tremendous depth at linebacker. If there was one layer of the defense that played well Saturday, it probably was the linebacking trio of Tyler Nielsen, Jeremiha Hunter and Troy Johnson, who was the No. 3 middle linebacker when the season began. Those three combined for 34 tackles, Nielsen twice nailed Robinson for losses and Johnson had the interception that sealed the victory with 59 seconds to go.
– Adam Robinson is a horse. Some of us already were fans of this kid, but he stepped it up even another notch Saturday, carrying 31 times for 143 yards, catching 4 passes for 61 yards and making several clutch plays that led to the victory. He seemed to be stronger at the end than he was at the beginning of the game.