September 27, 2012

2012 IOWA FOOTBALL - WEEK 5: MINNESOTA @ IOWA


Sedge’s Hawkeye Game Notes - 2012 Edition
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Iowa’s Record: 2-2, 0-0 Big Ten, 0-0 B1G Legends
Iowa’s Rankings:
AP:
USA Today:
BCS:
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2012 IOWA FOOTBALL SCHEDULE*

September 1st @ Northern Illinois WIN 18-17
September 8th v. Iowa State Loss 9-6
September 15th v. Northern Iowa WIN 27-16
September 22nd v. Central Michigan Loss 32-21
September 29th v. Minnesota 12:00 pm ESPN2
October 13th @ Michigan State 12:00 pm, BTN/ESPN/ESPN2
October 20th v. Penn State 8:00 pm, BTN
October 27th @ Northwestern 12:00 pm, BTN/ESPN/ESPN2
November 3rd @ Indiana TBD
November 10th v. Purdue TBD - Silver Pro Combat Unis
November 17th @ Michigan, TBD
November 23rd (Friday) v. Nebraska 12:00 pm, ABC

*Times Eastern

Scouting Next Opponent: Ohio State @ Michigan State, 3:30, ABC
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September 29th, 2012.  Iowa v. Minnesota Golden Gophers, 4-0, 0-0 Big Ten
Previous Meetings: 105, Rodents lead 61-42-2
Last Meeting: 2011, Iowa 21, Rodents 22

Current Line: Iowa -6

Turnover Margin: +3

Current Week 2 Deep:

Hawkeye Stat Pack (2012 season to date)
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Offense
Total   357.8 Pass  202.0  Rush 155.8  Scoring 20.5
B1G    #10               #8             #9                  #12
FBS    #92               #91           #70                 #105  
Defense  
Total   319.0  Pass  205.8 Rush 113.3  Scoring 18.5 
B1G    #4                #6               #6                    #7
FBS    #25              #39             #30                  #37  
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Week 4 Recap: Central Michigan

Well friends, that certainly felt like one of the worst losses of recent Iowa memory, both immediately after, and now a few days out.  The Iowa boards are full of posts saying the team is lost, mentally out of it, the coach needs to go, etc, etc.  I’m not ready to consent on any of those points, I will hold out to see how the team progresses through the rest of the season.  It’s a new slate - 0-0 in Big Ten play.  If the Hawks can’t perform at their best for 60 minutes in this one, we may have things to worry about.

It was a bad time for the Iowa defense to have their worst 2+ minutes of the season, to be sure.  But how we got there was a team effort.  Offense, defense, coaches, and officials.

Yes, this was the worst officiated Iowa football game since the 2nd bowl game against the Gators.  And little wonder - instead of having a full officials crew is as the norm, it was split up by officials from 3 different conferences.  Why this was - I have no idea.  In the end, some of them simply didn’t get big time college football.

But we knew none of this as the cameras settled into Kinnick to focus on the head coaches.  Temp in Iowa City at kickoff - 50 degrees, with winds up to 21 mph.  Besides the obvious chill, the weather would play a major factor in the end.