December 30, 2015

The Eternal Season - Sedge's 2015 Hawkeye Football Game Notes - 2016 Rose Bowl: Stanford @ Iowa

Sedge's Hawkeye Football Game Notes - 2015 Edition
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Iowa’s Record: 12-1, 8-0 Big Ten, 6-0 B1G West 
Iowa’s Rankings:
AP: 6th
USA Today: 7th
College Football Playoff: 5th
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2015 IOWA FOOTBALL SCHEDULE*

September 5th, v. Illinois State WIN 31-14
September 12th, @ Iowa State, WIN 31-17
September 19th, v. Pittsburgh, WIN 27-24
September 26th, v. North Texas, WIN 62-16
October 3rd, @ •Wisconsin, WIN 10-6
October 10th, v. •Illinois, WIN 29-20
October 17th, @ •Northwestern, WIN 40-10
October 31st, v. Maryland, WIN 31-15
November 7th, @ Indiana, WIN 35-27
November 14th, v. •Minnesota, WIN 40-35
November 21st, v. •Purdue, WIN 40-20
November 27th, @ •Nebraska, WIN 28-20

December 5th, Big Ten Title Game, Michigan State @ Iowa, Loss 16-13

January 1st, Rose Bowl presented by Northwestern Mutual, Stanford @ Iowa, 5:10 pm, ESPN

•Big Ten West Division Game

*Times Eastern

Scouting next opponent: Back in 2016

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January 1st, 2016  Iowa v. #6 Stanford Cardinal, 11-2, 8-1 Pac 12, 5-1 Pac 12 North
Previous Meetings: 0
Last Meeting:

Kinnick Color of the Week:

Current Line: Iowa +6.5

Turnover Margin: +12,  B1G #2, FBS #9

Interceptions: 18, B1G #1, FBS #9

Current Week 2 Deep:

Hawkeye Stat Pack - 2015 Regular Season Final
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Offense
Total   393.8  Pass 201.8  Rush 192.0  Scoring 32.1
B1G    #5              #11                #5                    #4
FBS    #70            #89               #40                  #47
Defense  
Total   334.2  Pass 219.3  Rush 114.9    Scoring 18.5
B1G    #6              #8                 #4                   #5
FBS    #21            #61               #11                 #13
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Big Ten West Standings: Final
Iowa *                12-0, 8-0 B1G, 6-0 B1G West
Northwestern   10-2, 6-2 B1G, 5-1 B1G West
Wisconsin   9-3, 6-2 B1G, 4-2 B1G West
Nebraska             5-7, 3-5 B1G, 1-5 B1G West
Illinois             5-7, 2-6 B1G, 2-4 B1G West
Minnesota     5-7, 2-6 B1G, 2-4 B1G West
Purdue             2-10, 1-7 B1G, 1-5 B1G West


* Clinched Big Ten West
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Rose Bowl: Stanford

As the week of the Big Ten title game went on, we knew at least one thing - that the winner of the game would be in the final four, their ticket punched to the FBS playoff.

December 3, 2015

The Eternal Season - Sedge's 2015 Hawkeye Football Game Notes - Big Ten Championship Game: Michigan State @ Iowa 12/3/15

Sedge's Hawkeye Football Game Notes - 2015 Edition
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Iowa’s Record: 12-0, 8-0 Big Ten, 6-0 B1G West 
Iowa’s Rankings:
AP: 4th  down 1
USA Today: 3rd  same (1st place vote!)
College Football Playoff: 
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2015 IOWA FOOTBALL SCHEDULE*

September 5th, v. Illinois State WIN 31-14
September 12th, @ Iowa State, WIN 31-17
September 19th, v. Pittsburgh, WIN 27-24
September 26th, v. North Texas, WIN 62-16
October 3rd, @ •Wisconsin, WIN 10-6
October 10th, v. •Illinois, WIN 29-20
October 17th, @ •Northwestern, WIN 40-10
October 31st, v. Maryland, WIN 31-15
November 7th, @ Indiana, WIN 35-27
November 14th, v. •Minnesota, WIN 40-35
November 21st, v. •Purdue, WIN 40-20
November 27th, @ •Nebraska, WIN 28-20

December 5th, Big Ten Title Game, Michigan State @ Iowa, 8:17 pm, FOX

•Big Ten West Division Game

*Times Eastern

Scouting next opponent: TBD

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December 5th, 2015  Iowa v. #5 Michigan State Spartans, 11-1, 7-1 Big Ten, 6-0 B1G East
Previous Meetings: 45, Iowa leads 23-20-2 (first neutral site meeting)
Last Meeting: 2013 - Spartans 26 Hawkeyes 14

Kinnick Color of the Week:

Current Line: Iowa +4.5

Turnover Margin: +14,  B1G #1, FBS #4

Interceptions: 17, B1G #1, FBS #8

Current Week 2 Deep:

Hawkeye Stat Pack - 2015 Regular Season Final
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Offense
Total   404.3  Pass 200.6  Rush 203.7  Scoring 33.7
B1G    #4              #11                #3                    #3
FBS    #63            #92               #32                  #41
Defense  
Total   331.7  Pass 221.7  Rush 110.0    Scoring 18.7
B1G    #6              #8                 #2                   #5
FBS    #21            #63               #6                   #15
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Big Ten West Standings: Final
Iowa *                12-0, 8-0 B1G, 6-0 B1G West
Northwestern   10-2, 6-2 B1G, 5-1 B1G West
Wisconsin   9-3, 6-2 B1G, 4-2 B1G West
Nebraska             5-7, 3-5 B1G, 1-5 B1G West
Illinois             5-7, 2-6 B1G, 2-4 B1G West
Minnesota     5-7, 2-6 B1G, 2-4 B1G West
Purdue            2-10, 1-7 B1G, 1-5 B1G West


* Clinched Big Ten West 
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Week 13: Nebraska

So, is it a rivalry now, Bugeaters?

If you saw these stats:

C.J. 9 for 17 for 97 yards.

The team, 0-9 on 3rd downs.

Iowa time of possession, 23:54.

And 250 total yards for Iowa, while Nebraska had 433.

November 25, 2015

The Eternal Season - Sedge's Hawkeye Football Game Notes, Week 13: Iowa @ Nebraska, 11/25/15

Sedge's Hawkeye Football Game Notes - 2015 Edition
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Iowa’s Record: 11-0, 7-0 Big Ten, 5-0 B1G West 
Iowa’s Rankings:
AP: 3rd  up 3
USA Today: 3rd  up 3
College Football Playoff: 4th!  Up 1
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2015 IOWA FOOTBALL SCHEDULE*

September 5th, v. Illinois State WIN 31-14
September 12th, @ Iowa State, WIN 31-17
September 19th, v. Pittsburgh, WIN 27-24
September 26th, v. North Texas, WIN 62-16
October 3rd, @ •Wisconsin, WIN 10-6
October 10th, v. •Illinois, WIN 29-20
October 17th, @ •Northwestern, WIN 40-10
October 31st, v. Maryland, WIN 31-15
November 7th, @ Indiana, WIN 35-27
November 14th, v. •Minnesota, WIN 40-35
November 21st, v. •Purdue, WIN 40-20
November 27th, @ •Nebraska, 3:36 pm, ABC/ESPN2 (ABC in NYC)
December 5th, Big Ten Title Game, TBD @ Iowa, 8:17 pm, FOX

•Big Ten West Division Game

*Times Eastern

Scouting next opponent: Big Ten Championship Game - TBD

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November 27th, 2015  Iowa v. Nebraska Cornhuskers, 5-6, 3-4 Big Ten, 1-4 B1G West
Previous Meetings: 45, Bugeaters lead 29-13-3
Last Meeting: 2014, Bugeaters 37, Hawkeyes 34, OT

Kinnick Color of the Week:

Current Line: Iowa -1.5

Turnover Margin: +11,  B1G #1, FBS #5

Interceptions: 13, B1G #1, FBS #26

Current Week 2 Deep:

Hawkeye Stat Pack - 2015
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Offense
Total   418.3  Pass 210.0  Rush 208.3  Scoring 34.2
B1G    #4              #9                 #2                    #3
FBS    #53            #81               #28                  #38
Defense  
Total   322.5  Pass 214.9  Rush 107.5    Scoring 18.5
B1G    #6              #8                 #3                   #5
FBS    #16            #52               #7                   #17
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Big Ten West Standings:
Iowa *               11-0, 7-0 B1G, 5-0 B1G West
Northwestern   9-2, 5-2 B1G, 4-1 B1G West
Wisconsin   8-3, 5-2 B1G, 3-2 B1G West
Nebraska             5-6, 3-4 B1G, 1-4 B1G West
Illinois             5-6, 2-5 B1G, 2-3 B1G West
Minnesota     5-6, 2-5 B1G, 2-3 B1G West
Purdue             2-9, 1-6 B1G, 1-5 B1G West

* Clinched Big Ten West 
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Week 12: Purdue

As the week went on, it seemed like Mother Nature might give the Hawkeyes a better game than Our Rival would.  Starting on Friday, she dumped about 9 inches of snow on Kinnick Stadium, and the stadium crew would work all night to have the field cleared by the 11:00 central kickoff time. 

And they succeeded.  If there were no shots of the stands, you may never have known that a snowstorm had dumped 3/4 of a foot on Kinnick in the 24 hours before.  

Well, a couple times the players seemed to lose their footing.  Of course, the temps were in the 20s, with winds in the 15 to 25 mph range, so it may have just been ice on the field.

Once the game kicked off though, it seemed like the Hawks would be all the challenge that Purdue would need, as we would score on our first three possessions - Jr with rushing TDs at 8:54 (2 yards) and at 4:32 (13 yards) to go up 14-0 in the 1st.  

November 19, 2015

The Eternal Season - Sedge's Hawkeye Football Game Notes - Week 12: Purdue @ Iowa, 11/19/15

Sedge's Hawkeye Football Game Notes - 2015 Edition
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Iowa’s Record: 10-0, 6-0 Big Ten, 4-0 B1G West 
Iowa’s Rankings:
AP: 6th  up 2
USA Today: 6th  up 2
College Football Playoff: 5th  no change
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2015 IOWA FOOTBALL SCHEDULE*

September 5th, v. Illinois State WIN 31-14
September 12th, @ Iowa State, WIN 31-17
September 19th, v. Pittsburgh, WIN 27-24
September 26th, v. North Texas, WIN 62-16
October 3rd, @ •Wisconsin, WIN 10-6
October 10th, v. •Illinois, WIN 29-20
October 17th, @ •Northwestern, WIN 40-10
October 31st, v. Maryland, WIN 31-15
November 7th, @ Indiana, WIN 35-27
November 14th, v. •Minnesota, WIN 40-35
November 21st, v. •Purdue, 12:00 pm, ESPN2
November 27th, @ •Nebraska, 3:30 pm, ABC

•Big Ten West Division Game

*Times Eastern

Scouting next opponent: Nebraska is on a bye this week.

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November 21st, 2015  Iowa v. Purdue Boilermakers, 2-8, 1-5 Big Ten, 1-4 B1G West
Previous Meetings: 85, Purdue leads 46-36-3.  Iowa leads 20-19-2 in Iowa City
Last Meeting: 2014, Hawkeyes 24, Boilermakers 10

Kinnick Color of the Week: Normal

Current Line: Iowa -17

Turnover Margin: +11,  B1G #2, FBS #7

Interceptions: 13, B1G #1, FBS #17

Current Week 2 Deep:

Hawkeye Stat Pack - 2015
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Offense
Total   421.4  Pass 209.7  Rush 211.7  Scoring 33.6
B1G    #4              #9                 #2                    #3
FBS    #47            #82               #28                  #38
Defense  
Total   314.2  Pass 290.6  Rush 104.6    Scoring 18.4
B1G    #5              #8                 #3                   #6
FBS    #15            #48               #9                   #16
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Big Ten West Standings:
Iowa                        10-0, 6-0 B1G, 4-0 B1G West
Wisconsin   8-2, 5-1 B1G, 3-1 B1G West
Northwestern   8-2, 4-2 B1G, 3-1 B1G West
Nebraska             5-6, 3-4 B1G, 1-4 B1G West
Illinois             5-4, 2-3 B1G, 2-2 B1G West
Minnesota     4-6, 1-5 B1G, 1-3 B1G West
Purdue             2-8, 1-5 B1G, 1-4 B1G West

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Week 11: Minnesota


We lead with this:



(no play by play this week, your scribe is clocking many extra hours at the office)

So that was a game that was much closer than both I, and I think many Hawkeye fans, thought it would be.  Of course, the Rodents played both Michigan and Ohio State very close, so they are better than their record would indicate.

But the Hawks would again find a way to put the game away in the 4th quarter, and as a result, we are now 10-0 for the first time in program history.  A history that dates back to 1889, when football became a varsity sport at Iowa.  Our first game against the Rodents, our oldest rival, came just two years later.  

Most importantly, our season of destiny is still in our hands.  One big step can be take this Saturday.  But first, let’s recap the Rodent defeat.

We will start with the the offense, and why note - besides the best start   ever, the most wins by an Iowa QB ever to start his career (now 11 and counting), the Hawks also became the first Iowa team to score 30 or more points in 4 consecutive Big Ten games.  

November 12, 2015

The Eternal Season - Sedge's 2015 Hawkeye Football Game Notes - Week 11: Rodents @ Hawkeyes, 11/12/15

Sedge's Hawkeye Football Game Notes - 2015 Edition
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Iowa’s Record: 9-0, 5-0 Big Ten, 3-0 B1G West 
Iowa’s Rankings:
AP: 8th  up 2
USA Today: 8th  up 3
College Football Playoff: 5th  up 4
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2015 IOWA FOOTBALL SCHEDULE*

September 5th, v. Illinois State WIN 31-14
September 12th, @ Iowa State, WIN 31-17
September 19th, v. Pittsburgh, WIN 27-24
September 26th, v. North Texas, WIN 62-16
October 3rd, @ •Wisconsin, WIN 10-6
October 10th, v. •Illinois, WIN 29-20
October 17th, @ •Northwestern, WIN 40-10
October 31st, v. Maryland, WIN 31-15
November 7th, @ Indiana, WIN 35-27
November 14th, v. •Minnesota, 8:00 pm, BTN
November 21st, v. •Purdue, TBD
November 27th, @ •Nebraska, TBD

•Big Ten West Division Game

*Times Eastern

Scouting next opponent: Purdue @ Mildcats, 12:00 pm, BTN

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November 14th, 2015  Iowa v. Minnesota Golden Rodents, 4-5, 1-4 Big Ten, 1-2 B1G West
Previous Meetings: 108, Rodents lead 62-44-2
Last Meeting: 2014, Hawkeyes 14, Rodents 51

Kinnick Color of the Week: Blackout

Current Line: Iowa -12

Turnover Margin: +11,  B1G #1, FBS #6

Interceptions: 13, B1G #1, FBS #13

Current Week 2 Deep:

Hawkeye Stat Pack - 2015
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Offense
Total   412.0  Pass 207.0  Rush 205.0  Scoring 32.9
B1G    #5              #11                #2                    #4
FBS    #56            #86               #33                   #47
Defense  
Total   300.9  Pass 199.4  Rush 101.4    Scoring 16.6
B1G    #3              #7                 #3                   #4
FBS    #12            #40               #9                   #8
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Big Ten West Standings:
Iowa                   9-0, 5-0 B1G, 3-0 B1G West
Wisconsin    8-2, 5-1 B1G, 3-1 B1G West
Northwestern    7-2, 3-2 B1G, 2-1 B1G West
Illinois            5-4, 2-3 B1G, 2-2 B1G West
Nebraska            4-6, 2-4 B1G, 1-4 B1G West
Minnesota    4-5, 1-5 B1G, 1-2 B1G West
Purdue            2-7, 1-4 B1G, 1-3 B1G West
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Week 10: Indiana

As we head to Bloomington, we see Kirk leading the Hawks off of the bus.  Then the usual pregame banter, were the booth points out that the Hawks just need to win 3 of the last 4 to clinch a spot in the Big Ten title game.  

And then we hear that Sudfeld has been waiting for this game since the Hawks knocked him out for the season in the win last year.  

Then as we go to the commercial break, out to the parking lot, where all we see are tailgating Hawkeyes.  Sure, there must of been some Hoosiers out there.  A few, anyway.  

Now we are back to the field, Iowa has won the toss and taken the ball, per usual.

King catches the kickoff at the 4 - he starts up the near hash, across the 10, the 15, the 20, then he cuts it left and crosses the 25, the 30, and he is finally caught and downed at the 34!  1st and 10 Hawkeyes.

C.J. brings out the Iowa offense and they huddle up.  Now to the line, he is under center, Wadley also behind him, two wideouts on the right side.  At the line, he steps back and calls out a play change, or maybe his protection plan.  He snaps it, turns, hands it to Wadley, he tries off tackle - left, and soon the hole closes and he only picks up 1.  2nd and 9 at the Iowa 35.

Now the Hawks come out in the I formation - C.J. has two wideouts to the right of the line, and one to the left.  He snaps it, drops, is looking downfield, then he turns and hands it to Wadley, the draw play, he takes it across the 35, then he sharply cuts it left at about the 38, and he gets through the hole and he is in the clear!!! Across the 45, the 50, the 40, and no Hoosiers are gaining ground, across the 20, the 10, TOUCHDOWN IOWA!!!!  65 yards, and just 50 seconds into the game, Koehn comes in and makes it 7-0 Hawkeyes!!!

Koehn lands his kickoff about 8 yards deep, just inside the near sideline, touchback, no return.  Indiana from the 25, 1st and 10.

Indiana comes out in the pistol formation, with two wideouts to the left, and one to the right.  Sudfeld snaps it, runs a quasi read/option, hands it to Howard, and he goes right up the middle to pick up 6 before the Hawks wrap him up.  2nd and 4.

The Hoosiers to the same formation.  The ball is snapped, he fakes the handoff, then fires it short to the far side, caught, and across the yellow line, before Mabin can shove him out.  8 yards, 1st down Hoosiers at their 39.

Now Sudfeld is alone in the gun, with two wideouts on each side.  He snaps it, drops, then quickly fires it over the middle, but to who we are not sure, as Taylor gets his hand on it but can’t pick it off.  2nd and 10.  

We are seeing the replay as the Hoosiers snap the ball, it’s a handoff to Howard, and he goes straight ahead and picks up 12 yards, 1st down Indiana at the Iowa 49.

But then we see a flag is on the field, and King is nailed for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, as the tackle was being made, we see him shove a Hoosier away from the pile.  Eh, maybe, but that is 15 yards, and a Hoosier 1st down at the Iowa 34.