October 18, 2012

2012 IOWA FOOTBALL - WEEK 8: PENN STATE @ IOWA


Sedge’s Hawkeye Game Notes - 2012 Edition
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Iowa’s Record: 4-2, 2-0 Big Ten, 2-0 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 WIN 31-13
October 13th @ Michigan State WIN 19-16 2OT
October 20th v. Penn State 8:00 pm, BTN
October 27th @ Northwestern 12:00 pm, 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: Nebraska @ Northwestern, 3:30 pm, ESPN
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October 20th, 2012.  Iowa v. Penn State Nittany Lions, 4-2, 2-0 Big Ten, 1-0 B1G Leaders
Previous Meetings: 24, tied 12-12
Last Meeting: 2011, Iowa 3, Lions 13

Current Line: Iowa -3

Turnover Margin: +7 B1G #1 FBS #14

Current Week 2 Deep:

Hawkeye Stat Pack (2012 season to date)
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Offense
Total   343.7 Pass  189.0  Rush 154.7  Scoring 22.0
B1G    #11               #8             #9                  #10
FBS    #98               #99           #75                #98
Defense  
Total   317.2  Pass  199.8 Rush 117.3  Scoring 17.2 
B1G    #4                #5               #3                    #3
FBS    #19              #28             #31                  #21  
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Week 7 Recap: Michigan State

Well friends, the Iowa Football team has certainly shown a flair for the dramatic in this first half of the season!  But down the stretch, they made the plays they had to make, and it was the difference in the end.  A great road win for a team that is going to need more of those if we are going to make things interesting come late November.

As Hawkeye fans began wrapping things up Friday night, we had word that the weather in East Lansing was going to be a bit less than ideal.  Then again, maybe perfect for old school Big Ten fans.

That was, rain, for pretty much the entire day, and the prospects of heavy rain along with t-storms.  Nothing to phase Iowa kids, but a football team, maybe. 

1, all young receivers learn you catch the ball with your hands, and not your body.  But when the ball is wet, you tend to try and pull it into your body to make the catch.  And often, do not.  This factor would both hurt and help the Hawks on this day.

2, tailbacks, receivers, QBs, being able to hold onto wet, slippery footballs.  This did not seem to be much of a factor, probably due to modern sticky football gloves.

This would of course, also impact the Spartans equally.  So the general consensus would be lower points that many of us had predicted.  

But not the end result, as your scribe had predicted.  Just had a feeling about this one.