AP Sports Writer
---- — IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — There are a ton of reasons why Iowa has blossomed into a potential Big Ten contender.
But the biggest one is the simplest one.
Iowa is playing like Iowa again.
The Hawkeyes have rediscovered their identity this season by running the ball, stopping the run and excelling on special teams.
All three of those phases have been crucial for the resurgent Hawkeyes (4-1, 1-0 Big Ten). They've won four straight — equaling their total from all of 2012 — heading into Saturday's game against Michigan State (3-1, 0-0).