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The Iowa coach is asked about his feelings halfway through the Big Ten schedule.

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The Iowa Hawkeyes football team earned a regional Sports Illustrated cover in November.

Big Ten basketball player of the year candidate Jarrod Uthoff and the No. 7 Hawkeyes get the spotlight this week, along with a nod to Iowa's first-in-the-nation caucuses.

In its Feb. 8 issue Sports Illustrated calls the Hawkeyes "America's biggest surprise," and the cover story is expected to be published Wednesday on SI's college sports website, CampusRush.com.

The Hawkeyes (17-4 overall, 8-1 in the Big Ten) face Penn State on Wednesday and travel to Illinois on Sunday.