MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Saturday could be a historic afternoon for Iowa football.
Still with an outside chance to play in the national championship game, the fifth-ranked Hawkeyes seek a school-record 11th victory when they conclude their regular season against Minnesota.
A win also will enable Iowa (10-1, 7-0) to finish unbeaten in the Big Ten Conference for the first time in school history and keep the pressure on undefeated Ohio State.
Iowa won 10 games on two previous occasions, going 10-3-0 in 1987 and 10-1-1 in 1991.
Since Iowa and Ohio State do not play, the possibility exists that two teams could finish 8-0 in the Big Ten, which also would be a first.
Iowa, among the one-loss teams who need help to get to the Fiesta Bowl, closes its regular season much sooner than most teams. With a 12th game on the schedule, many teams do not conclude their season until November 30 and a few do not play their final game on December 7.
If Iowa wins Saturday and Ohio State does the same against Illinois, the Hawkeyes will become big fans of Michigan, which faces the Buckeyes in their annual showdown next week.
Regardless of how things turn out, Iowa is playing as well as any team in the country. The Hawkeyes crushed Northwestern, 62-10, last week for their eighth straight win and appear to be getting stronger.
Brad Banks passed for three touchdowns and rush for a pair of scores, all in the first half, while Fred Russell returned from an injury to run for 100 yards on 17 carries. It was the seventh 100-yard game of the season for Russell, who has rushed for 1,025 yards this year.
Minnesota (7-3, 3-3) has dropped two in a row to fall out of the rankings, including a 41-24 setback to Michigan last week. The loss ended the Golden Gophers' school-record six-game winning streak at the Metrodome.
Iowa posted a 42-24 victory over Minnesota last season, but trails the all-time series, 58-35-2.