January 2, 2006

TES - 2005 Hawkeye Football Game Notes - Outback Bowl Special Edition

Iowa’s Record 7-4, 5-3 Big Ten (4 way tie for 3rd)
Iowa’s Rankings
AP: #25
USA Today: #25
ESPN Power 16:

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 WIN 38-21
10/22/05 Iowa v. Michigan LOSS 23-20 OT
10/29/05 Bye Week
11/5/05 Iowa @ Northwestern LOSS 28-27
11/12/05 Iowa @ Wisconsin WIN 20-10
11/19/05 Iowa v. Minnesota WIN 52-28

January 2nd, 2006. Iowa Hawkeyes @ (#16 AP, #18 USA Today) Florida Gators 8-3, 5-3 SEC (2nd place SEC East).  11:00 AM Eastern, ESPN
Prior Games: 2, series tied 1-1
Last Game: Iowa 37, Florida 17, 2004 Outback Bowl

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.

Way Back In The Middle Of November: Minnesota
Ah yes.  The explosive offense.  Check.  The dominant defense.  Check.  11 weeks after we would have loved to see it.  Check.  Oh well, what matters most is that it finally all came together at the expense of the Golden Rodents.  After two (ok…3 or 4) drinks we’re up 35-0.  The vaunted Gopher running game – snuffed.  Eddie ‘Highlight Film’ Hinkel ends his Kinnick Stadium career with 7 catches for 154 yards and a Kinnick record 4 touchdowns – one tossed by fellow wideout Solomon.  Young and Sims both top 100 yards the Hawks out rush the Gophers 236 to 129. Complete domination on both sides of the ball.  Sadly, the Rodents got those three 4th quarter touchdowns to make the game seem slightly competitive – but it wasn’t.  Had we been able to put this together all year…well, we’d probably be the 2004 Auburn Tigers – unbeaten and not playing for the title.
I think it safe to say that Urban Meyer will do a better job of shutting his players up than Ron Zook did.  You may recall the last time we met – all December the Gators we mouthing off about how slow we were, how the Big 10 was week, and how they were going to route us. Heh…opps.  Those quotes found their way back to the Iowa lockeroom and the poor Gator players paid the price.  That was the best part about that game (ok, second after our trip to the Gin Mill) – the Hawks showed the Gators what Big 10 football was really about – strength up front.  Iowa amassed 328 rushing yards while allowing only 57.   It was a rout that showed the country we were for real.  And all that in Florida’s virtual back yard – the UF campus is just two hours away from Tampa.

This year, with their uber-hot coach and new attitude, the Gators were figuring to be right there in the national title mix.  But it did not happen – they fell on the road to Bama, LSU, and (ouch) ex-coach Spurrier and South Carolina.  Of note they beat Tennessee, Georgia, and they routed Florida State to close out the season.  They did need overtime to beat football juggernaut Vanderbilt – in Gainesville, no less.  Which Florida team will show up in Tampa?

A look at the stats of the key players seems to have this game pretty even.  The QBs:
Tate 187 out of 297 (63.0), 2482 yards, 19 tds, 6 picks, rating 150.23
Leak 210 out of 344 (62.9), 2361 yards, 18 tds, 6 picks, rating 136.45.

We seem to have a definite advantage on the ground.  With Albert Young’s 1300 yards leading the way, the Hawks have rushed for 2032 total yards at an average of 4.9 yards per carry.  The Gators top rusher only ran for 587 on the season, and the team managed 1592 yards total, or 3.9 per carry.

Both the points for and against are close – Iowa averages 30.5 per game, Florida 28.4. Defensively the Hawks give up 19.0 points, the Gators 18.4.

Many of the experts are pointing to this game as one of the bowl games to watch, and the numbers would seem to agree.  But I don’t think it will be that close.  We have one more game with the best linebackers and best corners we have seen in many years.  Our defensive line finally figured out how to play, and their ability to keep things contained will allow Greenway and Hodges to fly all over the field and rack up punishing hit after hit.  The Gators will have to bring their linebackers and safties up to help contain the Iowa running game, and that will leave wide open spaces for Hinkel, Solomon, and Chandler.  Florida may be able to stick around for the first half – but once again the Hawks will show that playing a full season in the Big 10 ain’t like playing in the SEC – the Gators will run out of gas and the Hawks will cruise to another January bowl game victory.

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.

The bar will be ours. No Northwestern geeks or annoying Buckeye fans to get in our way or steal our bar stools.  If you have any Hawkeye flags, banners, etc., BRING THEM!  We need to paint the entire bar in the Black and Gold, not just our corner (and the windows!). Once the game is in hand, we will go around the corner to the Gin Mill to pay a visit to the NYC Florida club and offer our condolences.

Remember, the game starts at 11:00 AM – so make sure you hit Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts on your way into the bar.  And don’t forget – if you are anywhere close to Iowa City on this Friday night, join us at the Airliner at 7:00 PM to kick off the Christmas Pub Crawl.  Your dollar goes a wee bit farther in Iowa City…

Safe travels to you and your loved ones, and have a Merry Christmas (or which ever Holiday you subscribe to).  We’ll see you early in 2006!



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