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Iowa took down a BCS-bound Northern Illinois a season ago, but don't expect a repeat performance. Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images.
Iowa took down a BCS-bound Northern Illinois a season ago, but don't expect a repeat performance. Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images.

As impressive as a run to the Discover Orange Bowl, Northern Illinois should have been undefeated last year if not for a late-game collapse against Iowa, which won four games in 2012. 

The two meet again this year and in Iowa City. Iowa needs to set the tone for its season. It is falling into Big Ten mediocrity and that is not acceptable by Hawkeyes Nation. An opening loss to Northern Illinois would be a foreshadowing of another dismal campaign, while more "Fire Kirk" websites pop up.

Prediction: Jordan Lynch is back for Northern and I don't think the Huskies are too happy that Iowa ruined its season last year. My faith in the Hawkeyes borders on zero. Northern Illinois makes things hurt in Iowa City.