3 Keys to Michigan Football beating Iowa in Big Ten title game

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Breaking down three keys for Michigan football to beat Iowa in the Big Ten Championship game on Saturday.

Well, they did it, guys!

The Michigan Wolverines followed through with their preseason promise of “beating Ohio State or die trying”. Now, they have an opportunity to do something they haven’t done since 2004.

Win the Big Ten Championship.

The only team standing in their way? The Iowa Hawkeyes.

Despite somewhat lucking their way into this game due to an upset road loss by Wisconsin at the hands of the Minnesota Golden Gophers, the Hawkeyes are nonetheless a formidable opponent. While they might be overmatched in this game from a talent perspective, don’t overlook them.

They’re called the dream killers of the Big Ten for a reason.

In the last five seasons, the Iowa Hawkeyes have played spoiler to three top-10 teams. Of course, Michigan football fans remember the 2016 game which derailed playoff hopes then as well.

Can the Wolverines maintain their focus en route to their first-ever College Football Playoff birth? Or will the Hawkeyes again play spoiler to a magical Michigan season?

Here are our three keys to the Wolverines avoiding the upset and securing their first Big Ten championship since 2004.