September 24, 2005

TES - 2005 Hawkeye Football Game Notes - Week 4

Iowa’s Record 2-1, 0-0 Big Ten
Iowa’s Rankings
AP: #21
USA Today: #21
ESPN Power 16: Out
HARRIS: First poll 9/25
BCS: First poll 10/17

2005 Iowa Football Schedule
9/3/05 Iowa v. Ball State WIN 56-0
9/10/05 Iowa @ Iowa State LOSS 23-3
9/17/05 Iowa v. Northern Iowa WIN 45-21
9/24/05 Iowa @ Ohio State 12:05 PM, ABC
10/1/05 Iowa v. Illinois 12:05 PM, ESPN+
10/8/05 Iowa @ Purdue 4:35 PM, ESPN
10/15/05 Iowa v. Indiana TBD
10/22/05 Iowa v. Michigan TBD
10/29/05 Bye Week
11/5/05 Iowa @ Northwestern TBD
11/12/05 Iowa @ Wisconsin TBD
11/19/05 Iowa v. Minnesota TBD
1/2/06 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl 4:30 PM ABC
1/2/06 Nokia Sugar Bowl 8:30 PM ABC
1/3/06 FedEx Orange Bowl 8:00 PM ABC
1/4/06 Rose Bowl – 2006 BCS Title Game 8:00 PM ABC

September 24th 2005 – Iowa Hawkeyes @ Ohio State Buckeyes 2-1, 0-0 Big 10
#8 AP, #9 USA Today Polls
Prior Games: 59, Ohio State leads 42-14-3
Last Game: Iowa 33, Ohio State 7 – largest margin of victory over the Buckeyes ever.

Email Matt If Columbus Bound
Are you going to Columbus this weekend, or thinking of going last minute?  If so, email club President Matt Stueland at Matt will be there and can let you know where the game day events for Hawkeye fans are taking place. Matt can also get you in touch with other NYC Hawkeyes who are driving and have room in their cars if you want to join

Game Watch: ‘The Best Game Watch Outside Of Kinnick.’
BLONDIES SPORTS 212 West 79th, (Broadway/Amsterdam).
1 train to 79th street, half a block east.  Several parking garages are nearby.
NOTE: If sitting on bar stools/standing for 3 hours is not ideal for you, we will be reserving a couple tables on the restaurant side of Blondies.  I cannot guarantee that you will have Iowa audio on that side, however - especially once the Big 10 season starts.

Last Week: Northern Iowa
All right – it seems there has been a little too much moaning going on over the Hawks 45-21 victory over the Panthers – which netted a school record 20 game home winning streak, 3rd best in Division 1.  When the starting offense left after the 3rd quarter, it was 38-7 Hawks – and could have been more, but we reigned in the offense after halftime.  Yes, the two blown coverages for tds in the 4th quarter were painful to see – but they occurred with the game in hand, and we knew going in the Panthers did have a very legit passing attack.  Of note, Tate was 15-18 for 247 and 2 tds, Albert Young now averages 8.3 yards per carry, and there were no turnovers (just as after the 5 turnover game last year) or offensive penalties.  We do need more pressure up front from the d-line – Greenway had 20 tackles last week, which is great, but too many for a linebacker.  But those guys are now a quarter of the way through their first starting season, so look for rapid improvement from week to week. This would be a good week to start getting into the backfield – as we have an ass whoopin’ we need to follow up on.
 This Week: Ohio State
You might just remember what happened when the Buckeyes came to town last year.  They had just lost to Northwestern and then Wisconsin, and they came into Kinnick looking to turn things around.  Sadly, it got worse for them.  The Iowa defense only allowed the Buckeyes 177 total yards (448 for the Hawks) and nearly pitched a shutout.  Tate threw for 331 and 3 tds and Iowa actually RUSHED for 117 yards (27 for Ohio State).  Yes, it was a thorough beating – but from there, the Buckeyes woke up and won 5 of 6 (losing at Purdue) and did us that big favor by knocking off Michigan. So they entered this year in the top 10 and still sit there despite losing at home to #2 Texas.

The Buckeyes sport one of the fastest weapons in college football in receiver/kick returner Ted Ginn Jr.  But through three games, they have not used him nearly as much as you would expect – he has 10 catches so far, and only touched the ball 4 times in the loss to the Longhorns. When they put him into the lineup during the second half of last season, has was scoring touchdowns about once every 8 touches.  So we shall set what we get Saturday from him.  I trust the Iowa linebackers will be eagerly awaiting his first pattern that takes him across the middle of the field.  The Buckeyes also have the best set of linebackers outside of Iowa City – the key to the game will be which group outplays the other.  Last Saturday, San Diego State took a little sideline pass for an 80 yard touchdown – on the opening play of the game.  After that, the Buckeye defense showed up (allowing only 99 more yards after giving up 80 on one play).  Of course, we feel a little bit better about our skill players than the SDS fans probably do, so I don’t think the Buckeye D will be able to have their way with us.

Can we beat them? Well, our record in the Horseshoe is not very good (ok…bad), but most Big 10 teams are in the same boat there. Yes, the Buckeyes will be all jacked up after last year’s debacle, but players who are over-hyped tend to make early mistakes.  The Buckeyes have never had an truly explosive offense going all the way back to the 2002 title run, so you just have to wonder what will happen if the Hawks get an early score or two and shut the crowd up.  For inspiration, I look back to 2002 and the Michigan game. You remember that we gave them their worst home loss since 1968, and then followed it up in 2003 with a win over the Wolverines in Kinnick – their ‘payback’ game (would have been 3 in a row if not for the 5 turnovers last year).  So if the trend holds, our 2004 thumping of the Buckeyes could translate nicely into two straight this year!

Just to be safe, however, I feel we should summon the ‘Spirit of 1987.’  For those of you who were not of a football age then, the Hawks won their first game in Ohio Stadium since 1959…yes 1959…on a last second pass from Chuck Hartlieb to Marv Cook.  On a 4th and 23 - from the Buckeye 26 yard line. Yup, that was the best play in Iowa history right up until ‘The Catch’ at Capital One.  So to make sure those ghosts make an appearance, please play the attached MP3 (it’s only 52 seconds long) 3 times between now and noon on Saturday.  If everyone does this (just three times), the Sedge feels good in calling a 31-21 victory for the Hawks.  We also won there in 1991, but nada since.

Why You Should Watch The Iowa Games At Blondies Sports

  1. A room full of Iowans, and Quasi-Iowans.  No comment.
  2. Iowa games in glorious audio – we control the bar side stereo.  That means you hear the game.  And the fight song.  ON IOWA.  The Beer Song.  Maybe a little Hawkeye radio audio from the Capital One Bowl.
  3. A bar decked out in Hawkeye banners, flags, signs, etc.  Like the Sports Column…minus the attitude.
  4. It is a bar – meaning that once the game kicks off, you don’t have to drink Coke.  That is, unless you want to.  
  5. Speaking of audio…actual Hawkeye Marching Band alumni have been known to break out the brass and start jamming.
  6. Prizes.  From time to time, there will be raffles of cool Hawkeye gear.  A while back we gave away a Kirk Ferentz autographed football.  Imagine what that will be worth after he wins four or five national titles!
  7. James The Bartender is back.  He was with us from 2001-2003, so he is as much a
      part of NYC Hawkeye football as Matt, I, and all the regulars. Take care of him and he takes care of you!

Game time is 12:00 noon Saturday.  Yeah, between us and those annoying* Buckeye fans OH – IO – you can spell! (don’t they know they get all of Blondies East?) the place should be packed – but that will make it all more fun as we belt out the Fight and Beer songs again and again.

*Actually, there are a few Buckeye fans we are ok with.

Set those alarms before you go out Friday night – see you Saturday!



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