October 15, 2005

TES - 2005 Hawkeye Football Game Notes - Week 7

Iowa’s Record 4-2, 2-1 Big Ten
Iowa’s Rankings
USA Today:
ESPN Power 16:
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 LOSS 31-6
10/1/05 Iowa v. Illinois WIN 35-7
10/8/05 Iowa @ Purdue WIN 34-17
10/15/05 Iowa v. Indiana 12:05 PM, ESPN+
10/22/05 Iowa v. Michigan 12:05 PM, ABC/ESPN/ESPN2 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

October 15th 2005: Iowa Hawkeyes v. Indiana Hoosiers 4-1, 1-1 Big 10
Prior Games: 66, Iowa leads 37-25-4
Last Game: Iowa 24, Indiana 8 (2002)

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: Purdue
How pleasant it was, sitting there with fellow Hawkeyes, watching the Iowa offense finally come to life.  On the road, no less. Against a defense with 11 returning starters.  And in a game in which the loser was most likely kicked out of post New Year’s Day bowl games. Yes, it was the Iowa offense that we thought we would see in just about every game this year – Tate for a career high 357 yards and 3 tds, Albert Young running to a career high 165 on 36 carries, everything looking fluid and in control on almost every play.  A large part of that success was the result of the recent shifts in the o-line, which became all the stronger as the game went on.  By the 4th quarter it looked like the old lines anchored by Man-Beast Gallery – huge holes for the backs to stroll through.  Their domination of the Purdue d-line shows on the 2nd half time of possession - Iowa 21:31, the Boilermakers 8:29.  The Hawks did not turn the ball over and only had 2 penalties.  All in all, things looked very good on the offensive side of the ball.  It seems the corner has been turned.  That is, as long as we can find people to catch Tate’s passes.  Ed ‘Highlight Film’ Hinkel is out with a broken arm, and Clinton ‘Deep Threat’ Solomon is banged up but should be able to go.  It’s time for those young Hawk receivers and tight ends to get into the game and start contributing.

The defense still needs some work.  Purdue kept completing little 8-12 yard passes almost at will because (tired of typing this) there was still no real pressure from the d-line.  Purdue managed 353 yards passing.  To the credit of the defense, all those passes were in front of the backfield – they were never able to get the receivers open behind the Hawks.  The best defensive play of the game, the tipped interception in our end zone, was started by Greenway and ended by LB Edwin Miles - the units behind the line are doing what they need to do.  But they still need help from up front.  Fortunately, Purdue possessed perhaps the most complex passing attack the Hawks will see the rest of the year.  This week provides a chance to once again make progress on what should be an overmatched opponent.

This Week: Indiana
The Hoosiers are off to a 4-1start.  Two of those wins were against nobodies; the other two were against Illinois and Kentucky.  If those were basketball games, the Hoosiers might have a shot against us, but this is football.  They enter Kinnick to face the Hawks and our (3rd best nationally) 21 game home winning streak. Indiana does have an effective passing attack – in fact their QB has thrown for a school record 18 tds in the first five games (breaking Antwaan Randal-El’s season record – course he ran for a bunch of tds).  Still, the Hawk secondary and linebackers will be much faster and more experienced than anything the Hoosiers have faced to far, and we will make them one dimensional as we suffocate their running game (the d-line is making progress there).  With our ever-gelling offense, look for the Hawks to get out to a comfortable early lead, and then let the d-line work on their pass-rush technique as the Hoosiers are forced to abandon the running game and go to the air.  Final, Hawks 38, Hoosiers 14.

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!
   8.  Should the Hawks lose, you don’t have to drown your sorrows by yourself.  Pain is a drink best shared with friends.
   9.  How could I have forgotten this one - maybe the best chicken wings in the City.

We are back to noon kickoffs this week (and next week against Michigan), so we will not have to be battling any baseball fans for bar space.  This entire week looks to be gray, raining, and in the 60’s. But don’t let that get you down…the Hawks have new life, currently sit in a tie for 2nd in the Big 10, and sunny January days in Florida are back into the picture!



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