October 21, 2006

TES - 2006 Hawkeye Football Game Notes Week 8

Iowa’s Record:  5-2, 2-2 Big Ten
Iowa’s Rankings
AP: Out
USA Today: #23 (172 votes)
ESPN Power 16: Out
ESPNU Allstate: #23
BCS: #23

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 Loss 31-28
October 21st – Iowa @ Michigan 3:35 PM, ABC
October 28th – Iowa v. Northern Illinois 12:03 PM, ESPNU
November 4th – Iowa v. Northwestern (Family Weekend) TBD
November 11th – Iowa v. Wisconsin (Senior Day) TBD
November 18th – Iowa @ Minnesota TBD

October 21st 2006: Iowa Hawkeyes @ #2 AP, #3 USA Today/BCS, Michigan Wolverines 7-0, 4-0 Big Ten
Prior Games: 53, Michigan leads 39-10-4
Last Game: 2005. Michigan 23, Iowa 20, OT

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: Indiana
You might excuse me for not really wanting to write much (thus think more) bout this game, but like the Hawks we must press on together. After the game the Hawkeye columnists and in some cases players were saying the Hoosiers “wanted” the game more.  Umm…what part of a 7-1 Big Ten season and BCS game did those Hawk players not want? No, it was not that the Hawks lacked the heart or intensity.  It was mistakes. From the obvious like the two missed field goals and two offensive red zone turnovers to the less obvious like the roughing the punter penalties, late hits out of bounds, etc, that kept Hoosier drives alive and the Iowa offense off the field. It was not that Shada gave up on any of those 3 touchdowns to Hardy – I remind you that kid torched our d-backs for 210 yards last year and he is going to be a first round pick in two years (he’s just a sophomore).  Yes, the d-line really had little impact on the game (just one sack, the QB connected on 19-25 passes or 76%, in just his 4th start) but they were missing King, our sack leader.  Safety Paschal was supposed to sit all game but was forced in at the end when his backup went out.  Had he been healthy and in there all game Shada would have a much more experienced free safety behind him to help with Hardy.  So it was injuries and execution that doomed the Hawkeyes, not some kind of letdown after we jumped out to the 21-7 lead.