November 27, 2019

The Eternal Season - Sedge's 2019 Iowa Football Game Notes, Week 14: Hawkeyes @ Cornhuskers

Sedge's Hawkeye Football Game Notes - 2019 Edition
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Iowa’s Record: 8-3, 5-3 Big Ten, 4-1 B1G West 
Iowa’s Rankings:
AP: votes #19, 510 points
Coaches:  #20, 434 points
College Football Playoff: 17th
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2019 IOWA FOOTBALL SCHEDULE*
*Times Eastern

August 31st, Miami (Ohio) @ Iowa, WIN 38-14
September 7th, Rutgers @ Iowa, WIN 30-0
September 14th, Iowa @ Iowa State, WIN 18-17
September 21st, Bye Week #1
September 28th, Middle Tennessee State @ Iowa, WIN 48-3
October 5th, Iowa @ Michigan, Loss 10-3
October 12th, Penn State @ Iowa, Loss 17-12
October 19th, •Purdue @ Iowa, WIN 26-20
October 26th, Iowa @ •Northwestern, WIN 20-0
November 2nd, Bye Week #2
November 9th, Iowa @ •Wisconsin, Loss 24-22
November 16th, •Minnesota @ Iowa, WIN 23-19
November 23rd, •Illinois @ Iowa, WIN 19-10
November 29th (Friday), Iowa @ •Nebraska 2:30 pm, BTN

•Ten West Division Game


Scouting next opponent
Bowl Game TBD

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 November 29th (Friday) , #19 Iowa Hawkeyes 8-3, 5-3 Big Ten, 4-1 B1G West @ Nebraska Cornhuskers, 5-6, 3-5  Big Ten, 2-3 B1G West

Previous Meetings: 49, Huskers lead 29-17-3
Last Meeting: 2018 Huskers 28  Hawkeyes 31 (4 straight, 5 out of 6)

Kinnick Color of the Week: Road day in soon to be Kinnick West.  Hawkeye colors

Current Line: Iowa -5.5

Stanley Passing TD Count  14, (season record 27) 
Stanley Career Passing TD Count (record 74 Chuck Long), 
Stanley career to date 66

Turnover Margin: +6,  B1G #4 FBS #26

Interceptions:  10 B1G #4, FBS #37

Hawkeye Stat Pack - 2019 through week 13
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Offense
Total   373.9 Pass 242.2  Rush 131.7  Scoring 23.5
B1G    #9             #6              #10                 #11
FBS    #95     #59            #101                #102
Defense  
Total   306.1  Pass 191.8 Rush 114.3     Scoring 12.2
B1G    #5             #5              #6                  #2
FBS    #13           #20            #22                 #5
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B1G WEST STANDINGS
Minnesota     10-1, 7-1 B1G, 4-1 B1G West #9 AP
Wisconsin   9-2, 6-2 B1G, 4-1 B1G West #13 AP
Iowa                         8-3, 5-3 B1G, 4-1 B1G West #19 AP
Illinois              6-5, 3-4 B1G, 2-3 B1G West
Nebraska             5-6, 3-5 B1G, 2-3 B1G West
Purdue              4-7, 3-5 B1G, 2-4 B1G West
Northwestern   2-9, 0-8 B1G, 0-5 B1G West

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Week 13:  Illini

Well Illinois, you do at least win the Coach with the Most Interesting Beard award for the season!

Oh, and you get the Mildcats to finish up the season.  That should get your 7th win.  And more importantly, leave those kitty cats with no Big Ten wins.   Don’t blow this Illinois.

While Hawk fans may have enjoyed a bit more of a margin in that victory, at least Duncan now leads all FBS kickers in field goals made - and he he may be on the short list for winning a kicking award when the season ends.

But - if there was ever a week to score TDs and just have Duncan kick extra points, we have come to it.  Please Hawks, figure out how to finish those drives with TDs.

November 21, 2019

The Eternal Season - Sedge's 2019 Iowa Football Game Notes, Week 13: Illini @ Hawkeyes

Sedge's Hawkeye Football Game Notes - 2019 Edition
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Iowa’s Record: 7-3, 4-3 Big Ten, 3-1 B1G West 
Iowa’s Rankings:
AP: votes #19, 493 points
Coaches:  #20, 434 points
College Football Playoff: 17th
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2019 IOWA FOOTBALL SCHEDULE*
*Times Eastern

August 31st, Miami (Ohio) @ Iowa, WIN 38-14
September 7th, Rutgers @ Iowa, WIN 30-0
September 14th, Iowa @ Iowa State, WIN 18-17
September 21st, Bye Week #1
September 28th, Middle Tennessee State @ Iowa, WIN 48-3
October 5th, Iowa @ Michigan, Loss 10-3
October 12th, Penn State @ Iowa, Loss 17-12
October 19th, •Purdue @ Iowa, WIN 26-20
October 26th, Iowa @ •Northwestern, WIN 20-0
November 2nd, Bye Week #2
November 9th, Iowa @ •Wisconsin, Loss 24-22
November 16th, •Minnesota @ Iowa, WIN 23-19
November 23rd, •Illinois @ Iowa, 12:00 pm, BTN
November 29th (Friday), Iowa @ •Nebraska 2:30 pm, BTN

•Ten West Division Game


Scouting next opponent
Nebraska @ Maryland, 3:30 pm, BTN

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 November 23rd, #19 Iowa Hawkeyes 7-3, 4-3 Big Ten, 3-1 B1G West v. Illinois Fighting Illini, 6-4, 4-3 Big Ten, 2-2 B1G West

Previous Meetings: 64, Illinois leads 38-24-2
Last Meeting: 2018 Hawkeyes 63 Illini 0

Kinnick Color of the Week: Senior Day in Iowa City.  Hawkeye Colors

Current Line: Iowa -11

Stanley Passing TD Count  14, (season record 27) 
Stanley Career Passing TD Count (record 74 Chuck Long), 
Stanley career to date 66

Turnover Margin: +4,  B1G #5 FBS #32

Interceptions:  8 B1G #7, FBS #60

Hawkeye Stat Pack - 2019 through week 9
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Offense
Total   372.6 Pass 235.6  Rush 137.0  Scoring 24.0
B1G    #9             #7              #10                 #11
FBS    #91     #65             #97                 #100
Defense  
Total   303.1  Pass 196.6 Rush 106.5     Scoring 12.4
B1G    #4             #6              #5                  #2
FBS    #12           #28            #16                 #5
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B1G WEST STANDINGS
Minnesota     9-1, 6-1 B1G, 3-1 B1G West #11 AP
Wisconsin   8-2, 5-2 B1G, 3-1 B1G West #14 AP
Iowa                         7-3, 4-3 B1G, 3-1 B1G West #19 AP
Illinois              6-4, 3-3 B1G, 2-2 B1G West
Nebraska             4-6, 2-5 B1G, 2-3 B1G West
Purdue              4-6, 3-4 B1G, 2-3 B1G West
Northwestern   2-8, 0-6 B1G, 0-4 B1G West

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Week 12: Rodents

Ok, the first the good.  A 13-0 lead in the 1st, (the one on a missed set on the extra point, not Duncan’s fault).  But then the bad, only 3 points after halftime.  Hawks could have put the game away with a couple TDs there.  Instead it came down to the end.

But what an end!  With Hawkeye fans dreading the thought of the Rodents putting together a game winning drive, the Iowa defense held serve.  Back to back sacks of Morgan, the 2nd by Epenesa the Younger, knocked Duncan out of the game with the Rodents facing a 3rd and 21.  That pass by the backup was no good, and on 4th and 21, he tried to go deep, but he hung the ball up and Moss picked it off for the only turnover of the game.  Also, the Hawkeye D only gave the Rodents 63 net rushing yards (on 30 attempts) so that was a good job there.  

November 14, 2019

The Eternal Season - Sedge's 2019 Iowa Football Game Notes, Week 12: Golden Rodents @ Hawkeyes

Sedge's Hawkeye Football Game Notes - 2019 Edition

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Iowa’s Record: 6-3, 3-3 Big Ten, 2-1 B1G West 
Iowa’s Rankings:
AP: votes #23, 197 points
Coaches:  #22, 187 points
College Football Playoff: #20
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2019 IOWA FOOTBALL SCHEDULE*
*Times Eastern

August 31st, Miami (Ohio) @ Iowa, WIN 38-14
September 7th, Rutgers @ Iowa, WIN 30-0
September 14th, Iowa @ Iowa State, WIN 18-17
September 21st, Bye Week #1
September 28th, Middle Tennessee State @ Iowa, WIN 48-3
October 5th, Iowa @ Michigan, Loss 10-3
October 12th, Penn State @ Iowa, Loss 17-12
October 19th, •Purdue @ Iowa, WIN 26-20
October 26th, Iowa @ •Northwestern, WIN 20-0
November 2nd, Bye Week #2
November 9th, Iowa @ •Wisconsin, Loss 24-22
November 16th, •Minnesota @ Iowa, 4:00 pm. FOX
November 23rd, •Illinois @ Iowa, 12:00 pm, BTN
November 29th (Friday), Iowa @ •Nebraska 2:30 pm, BTN

•Ten West Division Game


Scouting next opponent
Illinois bye week

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 November 16th, #23 Iowa Hawkeyes 6-3, 3-3 Big Ten, 2-1 B1G West v.  #7 Minnesota Golden Rodents, 9-0, 6-0 Big 10, 3-0 B1G West

Previous Meetings: 112 Rodents lead 62-48-2
Last Meeting: 2018 Hawkeyes 48 Rodents 31

Kinnick Color of the Week: It’s November.  Dress warmly in Hawkeye colors

Current Line: Iowa -3

Stanley Passing TD Count  12, (season record 27) 
Stanley Career Passing TD Count (record 74 Chuck Long), 
Stanley career to date 64

Turnover Margin: +3,  B1G #6 FBS #41

Interceptions:  7 B1G #9, FBS #62

Hawkeye Stat Pack - 2019 through week 9
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Offense
Total   381.8 Pass 242.6  Rush 139.2  Scoring 24.1
B1G    #8             #4              #10                 #11
FBS    #85     #54            #95                  #97
Defense  
Total   288.9  Pass 177.6 Rush 111.3     Scoring 11.7
B1G    #4             #5              #5                  #2
FBS    #11           #10            #20                 #4
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B1G WEST STANDINGS
Minnesota     9-0, 6-0 B1G, 3-0 B1G West #7 AP
Wisconsin   7-2, 4-2 B1G, 2-1 B1G West #15 AP
Iowa                         6-3, 3-3 B1G, 2-1 B1G West #23 AP
Nebraska             4-5, 2-4 B1G, 2-2 B1G West
Illinois              6-4, 3-3 B1G, 2-2 B1G West
Purdue              4-6, 3-4 B1G, 2-3 B1G West
Northwestern   1-8, 0-6 B1G, 0-3 B1G West

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Week 11: Badgers

Well maybe the 4th quarter success of passing the ball (75 yarder to Tracey was the final TD for the Hawks) should tell us something for the final 3 games.  That is, pass the ball to set up the run!  Stanley needs 11 TD passes to top Long for most in Iowa history, this would be a good 4 game stretch (counting bowl game) to get it done.  

Yes, the Iowa defense was unable to contain Taylor who rushed for a season high 250.  But if the Iowa offense had been able to score TDs in stead of field goals for our first two scores, it would have been a very different game.  Cant much fault the defense when they were on the field for nearly 40 minutes.

So, with our chances at the Big Ten title now all but dead, it’s time to focus on the border rivals we have left.  And we start with the pig.  Stay home Floyd.

WEEK 12: Golden Rodents

The Rodents are off to a 9-0 start, which according to the graphics during the Penn State game, is the best they have started since 1904.  By comparison the Hawks were 9-0 in  2015 and 2009.

The Rodents are lead by QB Morgan, #2, a sophomore.  To date 2.100 passing yards, on 67% passing completions, with 21 TDs and 4 interceptions.  He has been sacked 17 times.  He is really in there to throw the ball, he has rushed for a high of 30 on the season.  


The top tailback is Smith, #1, a senior.  To date 172 carries for 940 yards (5.5 per) and 7 rushing TDs.  He has just 5 catches on the there, so he is in there to run the ball.    Then there is Ibrahim, #24, a sophomore.  He has 73 carries for 340 (4.7 per) 6 rushing TDs.  He only has 2 catches on the the year for -2 yards, so he too is in there to run the ball.  

So the Hawkeye defense must do a better job this week on shutting down the Rodent running game.

The wideouts to watch, Bateman, #13, a sophomore, who has 38 catches for 347 and 8 TDs.  Then Johnson, #6, a senior, who has 50 catches for 730 yards, and 8 TDs.  

They have some good wideouts but if the Hawkeye defense can make the Rodents one demential, it should allow the Iowa D line to tee off on the Rodent QB.

The Rodents started out with South Dakota State, and this was a close game throughout, the Rodents had to get a TD with just over 5 minutes left to take the lead, and held on for the win 28-21.  

In week two the Rodents went west to face Fresno State.  FSU was up 21-14 at the end of the 3rd, but the Rodents rallied to force OT.  Here both teams got a TD in the first OT, the Rodents then a field goal in the 2nd, and they then picked off the FSU QB to seal the win 38-35 in Double OT.

Then in week 3, Georgia Southern came to the Twin Cities.  And this was another very close game.  The Rodents would give up both a blocked field goal for a TD and a fumble return for a TD, and had to score a rushing TD with just 16 seconds left to avoid the huge upset.  35-32, and the Rodents had gotten thru non con without a loss, but they came awful close.

As you recall from the Purdue notes, the Rodents started 1-0 by holding off the Boilermakers, 38-31.

Then a Twin Cites visit from Illinois, but the Rodents run wild, winning 40-17.

Then the Huskers came in, and the Rodents had little trouble, 34-7.  All those Husker fans that thought the would win the West.  Ha!

Then a road trip to Rutgers, and well, 42-7.

Then Maryland took the long trip to the frozen tundra, and the Terps have been in a free fall since week 3, 52-10.

And then last week, before the Hawks took the field, the Rodents were able to get 3 interceptions off the Penn State QB, including one with PSU looking to take the lead in the final minute.  The Rodents moved to 9-0 with the 31-26 win.

So what does this tell us?  For one, they give up more points than the Iowa D does.  

Their scoring defense average to date is 20.7.  Nearly double the Iowa D.

Their red zone defense is 12th in the conference and 104th overall.  So hope the Hawks can use that to score TDs and no field goals this week.

They are ranked 118th nationally in punt return yardage.  Perhaps a special teams TD for the Hawks this week?

And they had that one field goal blocked mentioned above.   Another chink in the armor for Iowa to exploit?

Then of course, the Pig, Floyd.  He has loved being away from the frozen tundra for the last 4 seasons.  And the Hawks have loved holding onto his trophy.  We lost out on a trophy last week, but now we are back home.  

Hawks force 3 turnovers and Iowa opens the game passing downfield to open up the run game.  Sorry Rodents.  We are still a Bird of Prey.  And you are mincemeat.  Rodents 17 Hawks 38.   


Go Hawks!!!

Sedge

November 7, 2019

The Eternal Season - Sedge's 2019 Iowa Football Game Notes - Week 11: Hawks @ Badgers

Sedge's Hawkeye Football Game Notes - 2019 Edition
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Iowa’s Record: 6-2, 3-2 Big Ten, 2-0 B1G West 
Iowa’s Rankings:
AP: votes #18, 491 points
Coaches:  #18, 527 points
College Football Playoff: #18
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2019 IOWA FOOTBALL SCHEDULE*
*Times Eastern

August 31st, Miami (Ohio) @ Iowa, WIN 38-14
September 7th, Rutgers @ Iowa, WIN 30-0
September 14th, Iowa @ Iowa State, WIN 18-17
September 21st, Bye Week #1
September 28th, Middle Tennessee State @ Iowa, WIN 48-3
October 5th, Iowa @ Michigan, Loss 10-3
October 12th, Penn State @ Iowa, Loss 17-12
October 19th, •Purdue @ Iowa, WIN 26-20
October 26th, Iowa @ •Northwestern, WIN 20-0
November 2nd, Bye Week #2
November 9th, Iowa @ •Wisconsin, 4:05 pm, FOX
November 16th, •Minnesota @ Iowa, TBD
November 23rd, •Illinois @ Iowa, TBD
November 29th (Friday), Iowa @ •Nebraska 2:30 pm, BTN

•Ten West Division Game


Scouting next opponent
Nittany Lions at Golden Rodents, 12:00 pm,  ABC

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 November 9th, #18 Iowa Hawkeyes 6-2, 3-2 Big Ten, 2-0 B1G West @ #16 Wisconsin Badgers, 6-2, 3-2 Big 10, 1-1 B1G West

Previous Meetings: 92, Badgers lead 47-43-2
Last Meeting: 2018 Badgers 28 Hawkeyes 17 (3 game losing streak)

Kinnick Color of the Week: Road game.  Wear Hawkeye colors

Current Line: Iowa +7.5

Stanley Passing TD Count  10, (season record 27) 
Stanley Career Passing TD Count (record 74 Chuck Long), 
Stanley career to date 62

Turnover Margin: +2,  B1G #6 FBS #48

Interceptions:  6 B1G #6, FBS #37

Hawkeye Stat Pack - 2019 through week 9
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Offense
Total   392.6 Pass 256.9  Rush 145.8  Scoring 24.4
B1G    #9             #4              #9                 #10
FBS    #73     #50            #88               #96
Defense  
Total   265.9  Pass 178.1 Rush 87.8     Scoring 10.0
B1G    #3             #5              #3                  #3
FBS    #6             #12            #7                  #3
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B1G WEST STANDINGS
Minnesota     8-0, 5-0 B1G, 3-0 B1G West #13 AP
Iowa                         6-2, 3-2 B1G, 2-0 B1G West #18 AP
Wisconsin   6-2, 3-2 B1G, 1-1 B1G West #16 AP
Nebraska             4-5, 2-4 B1G, 2-2 B1G West
Illinois              5-4, 3-3 B1G, 2-2 B1G West
Purdue              3-6, 2-4 B1G, 1-3 B1G West
Northwestern   1-7, 0-5 B1G, 0-2 B1G West

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Week 9: Mildcats

Thanks Kitties!  Hawkeye defense now with 2 Big Ten shutouts (and counting).  Sure, we would have liked something like 48-0, but with the Iowa defense giving nothing to the Cats, we did not really need to run up the score.    Oh, and last week, they feel to Indiana 34-3.  Meow indeed.

So the Hawkeyes were able to move to 2-0 division with a low stress game, then slide into the bye week and watch the chaos unfold from the comfort of their clubhouse.  Including the Huskers falling again, this time to Purdue.  Ouch.  Ha!  

And gameplan.   The Badgers looked unbeatable for the first half.  Then they let Illinois rally and Ohio State smash them.  Hence two Big 10 losses.  And here come the Hawkeyes.  Bringing the defense.  


WEEK 11: Badgers

The Badgers began the season running to 6-0 and having very little trouble doing it.   They started with USF, a 49-0 Badger win.  Then Central Michigan, and 61-0 this time.  

They then hosted then #11 Michigan, and the Badgers won that 35-14.  A week later, it was a bit more of a struggle against the Mildcats, winning 24-15.  They then finished up the non-con slate with a visit from Kent State, which the Badgers won 48-0.

October 24, 2019

The Eternal Season - Sedge's 2019 Iowa Football Game Notes, Week 9: Hawkeyes @ Mildcats

Sedge's Hawkeye Football Game Notes - 2019 Edition
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Iowa’s Record: 5-2, 2-2 Big Ten, 1-0 B1G West 
Iowa’s Rankings:
AP: votes #20, 347 points
Coaches:  #19, 373 points
College Football Playoff:
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2019 IOWA FOOTBALL SCHEDULE*
*Times Eastern

August 31st, Miami (Ohio) @ Iowa, WIN 38-14
September 7th, Rutgers @ Iowa, WIN 30-0
September 14th, Iowa @ Iowa State, WIN 18-17
September 21st, Bye Week #1
September 28th, Middle Tennessee State @ Iowa, WIN 48-3
October 5th, Iowa @ Michigan, Loss 10-3
October 12th, Penn State @ Iowa, Loss 17-12
October 19th, •Purdue @ Iowa, WIN 26-20
October 26th, Iowa @ •Northwestern, 12:00 pm, ESPN2
November 2nd, Bye Week #2
November 9th, Iowa @ •Wisconsin, TBD
November 16th, •Minnesota @ Iowa, TBD
November 23rd, •Illinois @ Iowa, TBD
November 29th (Friday), Iowa @ •Nebraska 2:30 pm, BTN

•Ten West Division Game


Scouting next opponent
Badgers @ Buckeyes, 12:00 noon, FOX

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 October 26th, #20 Iowa Hawkeyes 5-2, 2-2 Big Ten, 1-0 B1G West @ Northwestern Wildcats, 1-5, 0-4 Big Ten, 0-2 B1G West
Previous Meetings: 80, Iowa leads 50-27-3
Last Meeting: 2018  Hawkeyes 10 Mildcats 14 (3 game losing streak

Kinnick Color of the Week: Half a home game in Chicago.  Go with Hawkeye colors.

Current Line: Iowa -10.5 

Stanley Passing TD Count  9, (season record 27) 
Stanley Career Passing TD Count (record 74 Chuck Long), 
Stanley career to date 61

Turnover Margin: +1,  B1G #8 FBS #54

Interceptions:  5 B1G #9, FBS #66

Hawkeye Stat Pack - 2019 through week 7
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Offense
Total   405.6 Pass 256.6  Rush 149.0  Scoring 25.0
B1G    #7             #4              #9                 #11
FBS    #70     #48            #88               #90
Defense  
Total   275.0  Pass 183.9 Rush 91.1     Scoring 11.5
B1G    #3             #7              #8                  #4
FBS    #10           #22            #8                  #5
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B1G WEST STANDINGS
Minnesota     7-0, 4-0 B1G, 3-0 B1G West #17 AP
Nebraska             4-2, 2-1 B1G, 2-0 B1G West
Iowa                         5-2, 2-2 B1G, 1-0 B1G West #20 AP
Wisconsin   6-1, 3-1 B1G, 1-1 B1G West #13 AP
Illinois              3-4, 1-3 B1G, 1-2 B1G West
Purdue              2-5, 1-3 B1G, 0-2 B1G West
Northwestern   1-5, 0-4 B1G, 0-2 B1G West

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Week 8: Purdue

Well that was a bit closer than we would have preferred.  But, a losing streak broken.  And the hands team got live fire experience getting two onside kicks.  Could be beneficial as the season goes on.  

But then shortly after the Hawks went 1-0 in the Big 10 West - the Illini shocked the Badgers 24-23 with a field goal as time expired.  And suddenly, the door to the West title swung open a little bit more.  

But we worry about the Badgers after the bye week. Up next, a 3 game losing streak we have to break.  From a team that is a complete train wreck in 2019.  But like Iowa State, if they can just beat Iowa, their season is made.  Hello Mildcats, we are coming to Chicago.  And bringing our defense.