When Iowa knocked Michigan State from the ranks of the undefeated with a 37-6 rout on Oct. 30, perhaps no one celebrated like Ravens right tackle Marshal Yanda did.
"I was on the sidelines," said Yanda, who spent three years playing for the Hawkeyes. "It was a great game. It was one of those games where everything was going great for Iowa, and they were rolling, and Michigan State couldn't do anything right. It was a beatdown, and it was a good game to watch. I was so happy for them. It was 30-0 at halftime, so it was pretty much over at halftime."
The win was especially gratifying for Yanda because defensive tackle Brandon McKinney was openly rooting for his Spartans to win the Big Ten championship. Yanda sidestepped a question on whether he and McKinney had placed a wager on the outcome of the game.
"I'd say no, but I might've had a little bit," Yanda said with a smile. "He ain't wearing any of his Michigan State stuff either. When they get a win, he's wearing all of that green stuff all over. He ain't wearing nothing this week."
McKinney also declined to confirm a bet, but he promised that Michigan State would win the conference title.
"I don't know," he said when asked what gave him the confidence to make such a prediction. "Sometimes you've just got to go with your gut. But we will win the Big 10. It's in our favor now."
And if that does happen? "I will wear green for the rest of the season," McKinney vowed.