October 14, 2006

TES - 2006 Hawkeye Football Game Notes Week 7

Iowa’s Record:  5-1, 2-1 Big Ten
Iowa’s Rankings
AP: #15 (661 votes)
USA Today: #13 (672 votes)
ESPN Power 16: #17 (first of ‘others receiving votes’)
ESPNU Allstate: #15

2006 Iowa Football Schedule
September 2nd – Iowa v. Montana WIN 41-7
September 9th – Iowa @ Syracuse WIN 20-13 2OT
September 16th – Iowa v. Iowa State WIN 27-17
September 23rd - Iowa @ Illinois WIN 24-7
September 30th – Iowa v. Ohio State Loss 38-17
October 7th – Iowa v. Purdue (Homecoming) WIN 47-17
October 14th – Iowa @ Indiana 12:03 PM, ESPN2
October 21st – Iowa @ Michigan 3:35 PM, ABC
October 28th – Iowa v. Northern Illinois TBD
November 4th – Iowa v. Northwestern (Family Weekend) TBD
November 11th – Iowa v. Wisconsin (Senior Day) TBD
November 18th – Iowa @ Minnesota TBD

October 14th, 2006: Iowa Hawkeyes @ Indiana Hoosiers 3-3, 1-1 Big Ten
Prior Games: 67, Iowa leads 38-25-4
Last Game: 2005. Iowa 38, Indiana 21

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.  We will not always have Hawkeye audio on the restaurant side.

PLEASE NOTE – Blondies opens at 11:30 – do not expect to be let into the bar before then!  If you a couple of us in there earlier it’s so we can hang up the flags before the bar fills up.

Last Week: Purdue
When the Hawks were winning the Big Ten titles in 2002 and 2004, one thing was very evident.  As the season wore on, as the new players got 4, 5, 6 games of coaching under Ferentz, as Coach Doyle’s weight staff turned them from boys into men, the Hawks gelled.  As October dawned, the Hawks started winning, and in both years they ran the table to a Big Ten championship.

And so October 2006 begins with a 47-17 thumping of Purdue, in a game in which the experts thought the Hawks could come out flat and lose. Thank you Hawkeyes for putting up 539 yards and 47 points and making me look like I kind of know what I am talking about once in a while.  There really was not much to complain about in this game, except for the 3 fumbles lost, but at least we evened out the turnover margin by picking off 3 Boilermaker passes.  A season high 286 rushing yards (Sims 20-155, 2tds, and he will start again this week with Greene as the backup), Tate a very efficient 17-23 for 253 yards and 2 tds, no interceptions.  Freshman Douglass, 4 catches for 90 yards, a 22.5 yard average.  The disciplined Hawks did not pick up a flag until the third quarter.  They scored all 7 times they entered the Red Zone.  Yes, it took 5 games, but it seems that the Iowa offense has finally awakened.  One more game to tune up and then we shall see if the Hawks can get that 7-1 train a’ rolling with a win in the Big House.
 The defense played a great game.  Ok, it would have been nice to see something less than the 456 yards against, but at least the offense did their part and got a lead, so most of the yards gained by Purdue where in catch up mode.  The 17 points allowed was less than half the Boilermaker season average and you felt throughout the game that once the Hawks got the 3 score lead it would be enough.  The defensive highlight, of course, was Adam Shada’s record-setting 98 yard ‘pick-six’ to wind up the scoring.  It’s probably a good thing the Purdue offense was so shot from trying to catch up, as Shada appeared to run out of gas at about the 30 and basically walked in from there.  That is an Iowa record that may last a long, long time.  We will be looking for an even more dominant defensive effort this week.  Like the offense, the defense has one game to get things just where they want them.

With a win this week the Hawks become bowl eligible.  But not the kind of bowl we are interested in.

This Week: Indiana
The Hoosiers are off to a 3-3 start, beating the likes of Western Michigan and Ball State (barely), then lost 3 in a row to Southern Illinois, UConn (was NOT a basketball game), then opened Big Ten play with a 52-17 pounding in Madison.  This past week the Hoosiers rallied to knock of (umm…beat) Illinois on a last second field goal, 34-32.  This was actually a great comeback by the Hoosiers as they fell into a 25-7 hole early in the second quarter. Even greater, this was their first Big Ten road win since – 11/10/01. 17 games. The Illini, remember, had the momentum of a 1 game winning streak, having nailed the coffin shut on the Spartans’ season (on their homecoming, no less) the week before. So – eh, this win was a good marker for Indiana coach Hoeppner as he tries to rebuild to middle of the Big Ten pack, but things will come back to reality this week.

The Hoosiers do have one legit offensive weapon.  RB Marcus Thigpen has returned 3 kickoffs for touchdowns already this year (one last week), and he leads the nation in kickoff return average, at nearly 42 yards a clip.  So kick coverage is going to be very important. We have had some great and some suspect kick coverage so far, we will need the A game Saturday. Thigpen also ran for 93 yards on 13 carries last week, but he and the other RBs will be facing a bit more of a front 7 than they did at Illinois.  The Hoosiers are completing less than half their pass attempts (49.1%, Tate is at 59%) and the Hawkeye secondary seems to be finding their footing, so let’s look for Shada and Co. to swipe some more passes.

The Hawkeye offense just needs to continue to roll.  The RB combo of Sims and Greene may both top 100 yards this week (Greene was close last week) and if the line is opening up those holes for them, then Tate will have all kinds of play-action time to find Douglas, Moeaki, Chandler, etc. down the field.  I wanted 500 yards last week and I got it.  I think I will be greedy and expect that again. Without being too flashy (the Wolverine scouts must have been startled by last week, and they will be paying real close attention this week), the Hawks just need to put together drive after drive, chew up the clock, and score when they get close.  The defense will do their job and come up with some turnovers and in the end it should be a comfortable 24-30 point victory. We have to dominate this week if we are going to win next week.

It looks like Young, Paschal, and Humpal may or may not play – they are ‘day to day’ according to Ferentz today.  O-line center Eubanks left the Purdue game with an injury and is not listed on the depth chart this week.  No matter, I don’t think any of those positions are going to suffer much of a letdown with the guys who step in.

I don’t expect the Hawks to lose focus as they look forward to next week.  The Big Ten road is filled with peril to teams who do not come in ready to play.  The Wolverines have to go to Happy Valley for an 8:00 PM game, which means every player and every Iowa coach will be able to tune in and scout Michigan in HD.  Don’t expect Penn State to put up much of a fight, but it will still be interesting to see if Michigan looks as dominant at their current 4/5 ranking suggests.
Note – the Michigan game has been picked up by ABC and will be at 3:35 PM.

In other news the preseason basketball magazines are out, and all of them agree on this: the Hawks will be lucky to finish 8th in the Big Ten.  Yes, there will be a lot of new faces for the Hawks this year, but that seems like a bit of a slap in the face of the defending Big Ten tourney champs and the team that never lost on their home floor all year.  Still, I guess it’s better to sneak up on people.

There will be no baseball games to deal with due to our noon start, so let’s pack the bar and see the Hawks pound the Hoosiers.  Have a great rest of your week and we’ll see you Saturday!

Why You Should Watch The Iowa Games At Blondies Sports

  1. A room full of Iowans, and Quasi-Iowans.
  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.
  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. Maybe the best chicken wings in the City.
10. New for 2006!  New FLAT SCREEN TVS at Blondies!



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