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Iowa Not Taking Northwestern Lightly
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Much of the buzz surrounding No. 8 Iowa has been about whether the Hawkeyes can be considered national title contenders when they keep sneaking past everyone.

Throw in a showdown with No. 15 Ohio State next week that could determine the Big Ten title, and Saturday's home date with Northwestern (5-4, 2-3 Big Ten) has all the makings of a trap game for the Hawkeyes (9-0, 5-0).

The Wildcats hopes for an upset rest on the left hamstring of quarterback Mike Kafka.

Kafka was injured in the second quarter of last week's loss to No. 11 Penn State. Coach Pat Fitzgerald says he expects Kafka to play, although backup Dan Persa is listed as the co-starter on the depth chart.

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