Posted by Chip Patterson
After narrowly escaping Indiana for the second-straight year with an 18-13 victory in Bloomington, head coach Kirk Ferentz and the Iowa Hawkeyes gladly welcome leading rusher Adam Robinson back to the field this week after missing time due to an injury. Several media outlets reported the injury as a concussion, but Ferentz did not confirm that on Tuesday. He did, however, inform the media that Robinson should be good to go against Northwestern on Saturday.
"As far as I know, he's practicing today and he's training; ran on Sunday, lifted and all that stuff," Ferentz told the media on Tuesday. "So he's fine to go."
Having Ferentz offer a "denial/non-denial" to the concussion rumors was a little odd, though other reports do confirm that Robinson has returned and appears healthy. He was replaced by backup Marcus Coker against Indiana, who rushed 22 times for 129 yards in the win. While Coker held his own against the Hoosiers, Robinson's importance to the Hawkeyes' offense cannot be easily dismissed. He leads the conference in rushing attempts per game and his 10 rushing touchdowns on the season are good for 5th in the Big Ten.
This Saturday has all the makings of a trap game for the Hawkeyes, with a season-determining matchup in Columbus just a week away. Iowa must keep their focus on Northwestern in order to stay in the hunt for the Big Ten title. No game was more important for the race than the 37-6 victory over Michigan State giving them a tie-breaker edge against the one-loss Spartans. But in order to capture the Big Ten conference crown, the Hawkeyes need to win out and get some serious help from one of Wisconsin's final opponents. But with that out of their hands, head coach Kirk Ferentz knows they need to win each game left on the schedule, and it starts with Northwestern on Saturday.