December 30, 2013

TES - 2013 IOWA FOOTBALL - OUTBACK BOWL: IOWA v. LSU

Sedge’s Hawkeye Game Notes - 2013 Edition
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Iowa’s Record: 8-4, 5-3 Big Ten, 4-1 B1G Legends
Iowa’s Rankings:
AP: 48 votes (27th)
USA Today: 30 votes (29th)
BCS: See ya next year!
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2013 IOWA FOOTBALL SCHEDULE*

August 31st v. Northern Illinois, loss 30-27
September 7th v. Missouri State, WIN 28-14
September 14th @ Iowa State, WIN 27-21
September 21st v. Western Michigan, WIN 59-3
September 28th, @ •Minnesota, WIN 23-7
October 5th v. •Michigan State, loss 26-14
October 12th - Bye Week #1
October 19th @ Ohio State, loss 34-24
October 26th v. •Northwestern, WIN 17-10 OT
November 2nd v. Wisconsin, loss 28-9
November 9th @ Purdue, WIN 38-14
November 16th - Bye Week #2
November 23rd v. •Michigan, WIN 24-21
November 29th @ •Nebraska, WIN 38-17

•Big Ten Legends Division Game

NEW YEAR’S DAY - OUTBACK BOWL, 1:00 PM, ESPN

*Times Eastern

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January 1st, 2014.  Iowa @ LSU Tigers, 9-3, 5-3 SEC West
Previous Meetings: 1,Iowa leads 1-0
Last Meeting: 2005 Capital One Bowl, Iowa 30, LSU 25

Current Line: Iowa +7

Turnover Margin: +1,  B1G #7, FBS #54

Current Week 2 Deep:

Hawkeye Stat Pack - Final 2013 Regular Season
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Offense
Total   389.0  Pass  200.4  Rush 188.6  Scoring 27.3
B1G    #8              #10             #6                 #9
FBS    #79            #92             #41               #74
Defense  
Total   303.2  Pass  182.4  Rush 120.8   Scoring 18.8
B1G    #3            #2                 #4                   #3
FBS    #7            #11               #17                 #11 
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Week 14:  Nebraska

IOWA 38  Nebraska 17.  In Lincoln.

We shall leave the commentary to Iowa Nice Guy:


So Nebraska fans - is it a rivalry now?

When we beat the living $#&$* out of you in Kinnick next Black Friday, you will know it is.

Soon after, the Buckeyes barely escaped the Wolverines, but then the stunning end to the Iron Bowl had the Buckeyes at number 2 in the BCS - all they had to do was beat Sparty in the Big Ten title game.

And they could not, Sparty’s defense staying true to their national ranking. But that ended up being good for the Big Ten, as it meant we were a lock for two BCS teams.  And with Iowa finishing 2nd in the Legends division - it soon meant we were back in a New Year’s Day bowl game.  

We were pretty sure that Outback would be our destination, and there was soon speculation that we would have a rematch with the Paper Tigers of Missouri.

Tigers, yes, but the Tigers from the Bayou, and the 2005 Capital One bowl finally got it’s rematch.  In the 2014 Outback Bowl.

OUTBACK BOWL

Time to see if the Hawks can improve to 4.5 -.5 in bowl games against SEC teams under Ferentz.

The LSU Tigers are 9-3 on the season, those 3 losses coming in conference.

They opened against then #20 TCU.  What was most noteworthy about this game was the Tigers new offensive coordinator, Cam Cameron, who spent the last decade in the NFL.  LSU racked up 448 yards and topped TCU 37-27.  A good win, at the time.

But then the bottom fell out of TCU and they finished 4-8, and 2-7 in the Big 12.  One game ahead of Iowa State.

A week later, Alabama - not that one, the Birmingham one, came to Death Valley and Tiger senior QB Mettenberger set a team record with 5 touchdown passes as LSU won it 56-17.  

UAB finished 2-10, 1-7 in the C-USA east.  They gave up just under 44 points a game.  

Not a real noteworthy win for LSU, but that’s the noncon season for the big programs.

One week later, Kent State came in, and as expected, lost 45-13.  The Golden Flashes finished 4-8, 3-5 in the MAC.

LSU was now ranked 6th when they opened the SEC slate with a visit from Auburn.  LSU had a 21-0 lead at halftime, and they held on to defeat the Tigers 35-21.

Auburn, of course, would not lose again, and will meet Florida State for the BCS title on January 6th.  That, a good win for LSU.

The Tigers were still ranked 6th the next week and they went on the road to face the Bulldogs, then ranked 9th.

This was a back and forth game that saw Mettenberger toss for 372 yards, but in the end the Tigers defense was smoked by 494 Georgia yards and the Bulldogs topped the Tigers, 44-41.

The Bulldogs would finish at 8-4, 5-3 in the SEC, and will meet - Nebraska in the Gator Bowl at Noon on New Year’s Day.  

Now ranked 10th, LSU went on the road to face Mississippi State, and a close game was blown open by four LSU 4th quarter touchdowns, as the Tigers topped the Bulldogs (yeah, originality doesn’t mean much in the south when it comes to their team nicknames) 59-26.  

MIss State, 6-6, 3-5 in the SEC.  Meeting Rice in the Liberty Bowl on New Year’s Eve.

Still ranked 10th, the Tigers then hosted the Florida Gators, then ranked 17th.  

This was a more typical (in the past) SEC game, LSU prevailing in Death Valley 17-6.  

But the Gators did not escape from the Valley, as they then went on to lose 7 straight games, and counting, to finish 4-8, 3-5 in the SEC.

Back at the number 6 ranking, the Tigers went back on the road to visit Ole Miss.

This should have been easy for the Tigers, but they fell behind 17-0, and the Tigers could not catch the Rebels until they were at 24; via a LSU td with just over 3 minutes remaining.  

The Rebels would then go on a 14 play drive, and with two seconds left, booted a 41 yard field goal to stun the Tigers, 27-24.

The Rebels could only get to 3-5 in the SEC, but 7-5 overall, and they will meet Georgia Tech in the Music City Bowl.

The Tigers then took a break from the SEC, and hosted Furman.  This was a close game at the half, but LSU outscored Furman 28-0 in the second half to coast to a 48-16 victory.  

The Paladins, an FCS team, would finish 8-6, and get to the second round of the FCS playoffs, were they fell to top ranked North Dakota State, 38-7.  NDS will meet Towson on January 4th for the FCS National Title.

A month long, football playoff.  Beautiful.  We should be so lucky in the FBS.

Next, the Tigers traveled to face the other Alabama  - the top ranked, and as of then, undefeated and two time defending BCS champions.

This was a close game into the 3rd quarter, but then the Tide put the clamps down on the Tigers and pulled away with the last 21 points, winning it 38-17.  

LSU could only rush for 43 net yards against the Alabama defense.  Bama to the Sugar Bowl to face Oklahoma.  

The Tigers returned to Death Valley then to host Johnny Football and his Texas A&M Aggies.

This one really wasn’t close, as LSU stuffed the A&M offense to just 299 net yards, while the Tiger offense racked up 517 on the A&M defense, and the Tigers eased to a 34-10 victory.  A win that may of cost Manziel his second Heisman.  

A&M at 8-4, 4-4 in the SEC, will meet Duke in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl.  Yes, Duke in a bowl game, I still have trouble typing that.

To wrap up the season, the Tigers welcomed the Arkansas Razorbacks to Death Valley.  They of the coach with a Tiger Hawk tattoo on his leg.

At the time, the Razorbacks were 3-8, and 0-7 in the SEC, but they had both a 27-24 lead on the Tigers, and they had knocked out the LSU QB Mettenberger with a knee injury, with just 7 minutes left in the game.

In came freshman QB Jennings, #10.  He took the Tigers 99 yards, the final 50 coming via a pass, to score with just 1:15 left and shock Arkansas 31-27.  They would finish 3-9, and 0-8 in the SEC.

So the Tigers finished the season at 9-3, a good season for most schools, but LSU fans have to be smarting at the losses to the Rebels and (Georgia) Bulldogs.  

And now they have to face the prospects of playing the bowl game without their senior quarterback.

Arkansas didn’t just knock Mettenberger out of the game, they knocked him out of college.  An ACL tear, and he is done. So the Hawks will face the freshman QB who has a combined 10 passes in his college career - 6 of them completed.

With Mettenberger and Cameron as OC, the Tigers have been running a pretty typical pro-style offense where the QB passes the ball and hands it off to tailbacks.  Mettenberger would only run if he had to.

The offense was balanced - Mettenberger, 192 for 296, 3082 yards, 22tds, 8 picks.  Combined with their rushing average of 200 yards a game, it’s a pretty good combination.  

To get to 200 rushing yards a game with a pro-style QB, you need some good tailbacks.  LSU has them.

First up, sophomore Hill, #33.  175 carries for 1185 yards, with 14 rushing tds. That’s 6.8 yards a carry.   He also has 18 catches for 181 yards.  Hill is 6’2 and 235, a tough combination of speed and power.  LSU will look to establish him early.  Iowa cannot allow it.

Next, junior Magee, #14.  79 carries for 614 yards, with 8 tds.  That’s 7.8 yards per touch.  He is just 5’9 and 212 pounds, so it’s more about the speed when he is on the field.  

That’s the main component of the LSU rushing attack.  We shall see if they can get it done against the Iowa defense.  

This allowed the Tigers to have not one, but two wideouts who topped the 1000 yard receiving yardstick.  Landry, #80, a junior, 75 for 1172, 10 tds.  And junior Beckham, #3.  57 grabs for 1117 yards, with 8 tds.

This running and passing combination allowed LSU to ranked #1 in the nation in the critical 3rd down percentage category, at 58.6%.

But this was all with the senior QB.  

The freshman QB may be the future, but the Iowa defense meets him in the present.

Of late, LSU was always more about the tough, highly ranked defense first, with the offense being more conservative, similar in some ways to how Iowa has played the game under Kirk.  But LSU fans would not be as happy with the defense this year, the ranking slipped to 20th overall, with the pass defense ranked 17th at 200 yards per game, and the rushing defense slipping to 43rd, at about 149 yards a game.

Which means the healthy, angry Iowa offensive line is going to find space for Mark to pound and Jordan to flash through as Iowa will also look to establish the LOS from the start.  The difference will be when the defenses sell out to stop the run, and whose quarterback will be better prepared to make them pay for it.

LSU is also known for the antics of Les Miles, aka the Mad Hatter, who joined the Tigers from Oklahoma State right after the Hawks sent Saban The Snake to the Miami Dolphins.  It may be possible that he is actually worse at clock management than Iowa (though we seem better with Davis at OC).  LSU may also throw in some fakes and other gadget plays from time to time, so the Hawkeye special teams in particular must be on red alert whenever they are on the field.

Speaking of special teams, LSU’s freshmen kicker is 13-14 on field goals, so that’s a push.  

As I type this, the Big Ten is currently 0-2 in Bowl games, and Rutgers and Maryland both lost their bowl games as Big Ten - Lite teams.  

It wouldn’t be the first time the Hawks are the only B1G team to win their bowl game…

So, as the teams are practicing in the Tampa area, news emerges that the Tigers will run the same offense with the freshman quarterback (he is more mobile than Mettenberger, perhaps a change to more read/option in the future).  He will stay in the pocket, hand the ball off, and throw it to the wideouts and tight ends.  Maybe.

Should he take off, it won’t be like the Iowa defense, ranked #7 in the nation in Total Defense, hasn’t had their fill of running QBs of late.  Yeah, he had one 99 yard drive to beat Arkansas, the only significant minutes he has had in his career.  The Razorbacks defense finished 77th in the country.

And when you take a pro-style offense with a senior QB who will be drafted and insert a freshmen - it means things will change for LSU, and the Iowa Defense will do their part to make it happen.

I am expecting the Iowa Offense - with a healthy Mark, Jake, Jordan, and the big uglies up front, to use everything we have seen this season - the 5 wide, the 3 tight end heavy set, bubble screens to Powell, etc, to keep the Tiger defense honest, and to keep the ball and wear down the LSU defense as the game goes on.  As we did to the Huskers.

Iowa picks off two LSU passes and forces a fumble on a sack to finish the day +2 on the turnover margin.

Iowa rushes for 245 and Jake passes for 275 as the Hawks again pull away in the 2nd half, the Iowa defense keeping LSU under 300 yards.  The Hawks finish the 2013 season with 9 wins, in the polls, and just like in 2008, heading into the offseason ready to make a run at Indy come September 2014.

Iowa 38, LSU 16.

GO HAWKS!!!
SEDGE

November 28, 2013

TES - 2013 IOWA FOOTBALL - WEEK 14: IOWA @ NEBRASKA

Sedge’s Hawkeye Game Notes - 2013 Edition
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Iowa’s Record: 7-4, 4-3 Big Ten, 3-1 B1G Legends
Iowa’s Rankings:
AP:
USA Today:
BCS:
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2013 IOWA FOOTBALL SCHEDULE*

August 31st v. Northern Illinois, loss 30-27
September 7th v. Missouri State, WIN 28-14
September 14th @ Iowa State, WIN 27-21
September 21st v. Western Michigan, WIN 59-3
September 28th, @ •Minnesota, WIN 23-7
October 5th v. •Michigan State, loss 26-14
October 12th - Bye Week #1
October 19th @ Ohio State, loss 34-24
October 26th v. •Northwestern, WIN 17-10 OT
November 2nd v. Wisconsin, loss 28-9
November 9th @ Purdue, WIN 38-14
November 16th - Bye Week #2
November 23rd v. •Michigan, WIN 24-21
November 29th @ •Nebraska, 12:06 pm, ABC - Friday!

•Big Ten Legends Division Game

*Times Eastern

Scouting Next Opponent: Bowl Game and opponent TBD

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November 29th, 2013.  Iowa @ Nebraska Cornhuskers, 8-3, 5-2 Big Ten, 2-2 B1G Legends
Previous Meetings: 43, Nebraska leads 28-12-3
Last Meeting: 2012, Nebraska 13, Iowa 7

Current Line: Iowa +3

Turnover Margin: -2,  B1G #8, FBS #74

Current Week 2 Deep:

Hawkeye Stat Pack 
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Offense
Total   398.7  Pass  207.2  Rush 191.5  Scoring 26.4
B1G    #7              #7               #5                  #10
FBS    #72            #86             #43                #78
Defense  
Total   304.5  Pass  180.9  Rush 123.6   Scoring 18.9
B1G    #3            #3                 #5                   #4
FBS    #10          #10               #20                 #13 
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Week 13: Michigan

As soon as your scribe got the Notes sent out last week, he had to pack - for a very chilly weekend in Iowa City.

Ok, living on the east coast all these years has made me kind of soft.  It would be cold, very cold in Kinnick.

So cold, in fact, that as far as anyone can tell, the coldest Iowa home football game - ever.

So I had to pack all the heaviest black gear I had, which fortunately, meant a lot of cold weather Iowa gear.  Emboldened by my middle Iowa upbringing, I agreed to start the tailgating at 8:00 am - 3 hours before kickoff.   

I think I spent about 2 of those hours warming up in our ever-running van.  

Anyway, we made our way into the stadium (the club seats - outdoor, yes, but out of the wind, and we can go inside the press box whenever we want), a few minutes before kickoff, just in time to take off our hats for the national anthem.  Brrrrr….

And now the captains are at midfield, and the Hawks have again won the toss - and deferred.  Either Kirk is open to trying new things - or the players brains were frozen and they answered the question incorrectly.

November 21, 2013

TES - 2013 IOWA FOOTBALL - WEEK 13: MICHIGAN @ IOWA

Sedge’s Hawkeye Game Notes - 2013 Edition
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Iowa’s Record: 6-4, 3-3 Big Ten, 2-1 B1G Legends
Iowa’s Rankings:
AP:
USA Today:
BCS:
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2013 IOWA FOOTBALL SCHEDULE*

August 31st v. Northern Illinois, loss 30-27
September 7th v. Missouri State, WIN 28-14
September 14th @ Iowa State, WIN 27-21
September 21st v. Western Michigan, WIN 59-3
September 28th, @ •Minnesota, WIN 23-7
October 5th v. •Michigan State, loss 26-14
October 12th - Bye Week #1
October 19th @ Ohio State, loss 34-24
October 26th v. •Northwestern, WIN 17-10 OT
November 2nd v. Wisconsin, loss 28-9
November 9th @ Purdue, WIN 38-14
November 16th - Bye Week #2
November 23rd v. •Michigan, 12:01 pm, BTN
November 29th @ •Nebraska, 12:05 pm, ABC

•Big Ten Legends Division Game

*Times Eastern

Scouting Next Opponent: Nebraska @ Penn State, 3:30 pm, BTN

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November 23rd, 2013.  Iowa v. Michigan Wolverines, 7-3, 3-3 Big Ten, 2-2 B1G Legends
Previous Meetings: 58, Michigan leads 41-13-4
Last Meeting: 2012, Iowa 17, Michigan 42

Current Line: Iowa -5

Turnover Margin: +1,  B1G #6, FBS #57

Current Week 2 Deep:

Hawkeye Stat Pack 
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Offense
Total   397.9  Pass  204.0  Rush 193.9  Scoring 26.6
B1G    #7              #7               #5                  #11
FBS    #71            #88             #42                #79
Defense  
Total   319.2  Pass  189.2  Rush 130.0   Scoring 18.7
B1G    #3            #3                 #5                   #3
FBS    #9           #12               #25                 #12 
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Week 11: Purdue

The Hawks didn’t start as quickly as Iowa fans would have liked, but in a reversal of fortune we had the lead at halftime (14-7), and then we actually outscored Purdue 24-7 in the 2nd half.

I’ll type that again.  2nd half, Iowa 24, Purdue 7.

So that’s how you put away an overmatched team!

Purdue lost again Saturday (yesterday, as I begin the Notes), to Penn State, 45-21.  It’s a race to the bottom, Illinois, Northwestern, and Purdue are all still 0-fer after the week 12 games.  But the Illini and Cats meet in week 14, so one of them will end up with a conference win.

Back to the Purdue game, Canzeri got to show what he could do with more carries, and boy he didn’t disappoint - 20 carries for 165 yards, at 8.3 per touch, and the first touchdown of the day, from 2 yards out.  Besides the speed, he also showed good fight to struggle for some extra yards after contact.  A very positive development for the Iowa rushing attack as we wind down the season.  
Damon had 10 carries for 85 yards - a healthy 8.5 per carry.

November 16, 2013

TES - Bye Week Blues, 11/16/13

Here at TES we are a little lost without a Hawkeye football game on a November Saturday.  We are just killing time until 3:30 eastern, when we get the Michigan/Northwestern game (BTN) and the Michigan State/Nebraska game (ESPN2 in NYC).  To kill that time, a re-viewing of the Iowa/Purdue win from last week.

The bye week may be miserable for the fans, but for the players, a chance to rest, recover, and game plan for the final two games.  The Hawks have achieved the 6th win to secure a bowl game - but they can move up the Big Ten Bowl ladder in bowl prestigue (and payouts) by winning the final 2.  And win them, they can.

In other news, the Iowa Basketball team is off to a 3-0 start, and while just one of them has been on actual tv, we have been able to see all 3, and suffice to say, the Hawks will present major problems with our depth this season.  All the hype has been saying we will be back in the tourney, and maybe even out of the first weekend - but there has even been a whispering of late of even more.  First things first, let's get a top 3 Big Ten finish, and from there, focus on bigger targets.  The Hawkeyes resume play Sunday at 4:30 eastern against Abilene Christian, but we won't see it on tv again.  Let's see, it's football season, the BTN has the extra overflow channels - and tomorrow all 3 of them are showing Stony Brook at Indiana.  You can find the Iowa game BTN2Go, and on streaming sites not based in the USA...

We also got to spend a great time with our New York Capitals Fans family last night, and what a game it was - the Caps blew a 1-0 lead and trailed 3-1 entering the 3rd, but rallied to tie it, and in the OT both teams had a chance with a four on three, but it ended to force the shootout.  There, the Wings were unable to score on Holtby, who aggresivly came out to knock the puck away on 2 of the 3 chances.  The Caps failed on their first 2, but then Backstrom took the ice, skated into the zone, and he looked like he would move to the left, and Crawford bit, and Nicklas burned him with a shot back to the right and under the pads, and the Caps won it 4-3.  That kept them just 1 point behind the Penguins for the top spot in the Metro Conference.  And they meet this Wednesday night, 8:00 pm, on the NBCSN.

And KMM has just blown the fair catch and Purdue has it at the 35.

All right, warming up for the games we must scout with a game we know we won.  It's not the same as having a real Iowa Football game - but it's more or less the norm now that we play games post Thanksgiving.  And when the Hawks do return next week - we won't have to watch it on tv - we'll be there in Kinnick!

Go Hawks!!!

November 7, 2013

TES - 2013 IOWA FOOTBALL - WEEK 11: IOWA @ PURDUE

Sedge’s Hawkeye Game Notes - 2013 Edition
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Iowa’s Record: 5-4, 2-3 Big Ten, 2-1 B1G Legends
Iowa’s Rankings:
AP:
USA Today:
BCS:
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2013 IOWA FOOTBALL SCHEDULE*

August 31st v. Northern Illinois, loss 30-27
September 7th v. Missouri State, WIN 28-14
September 14th @ Iowa State, WIN 27-21
September 21st v. Western Michigan, WIN 59-3
September 28th, @ •Minnesota, WIN 23-7
October 5th v. •Michigan State, loss 26-14
October 12th - Bye Week #1
October 19th @ Ohio State, loss 34-24
October 26th v. •Northwestern, WIN 17-10 OT
November 2nd v. Wisconsin, loss 28-9
November 9th @ Purdue, 12:00 pm, BTN
November 16th - Bye Week #2
November 23rd v. •Michigan, TBD
November 29th @ •Nebraska, 12:05 pm, ABC

•Big Ten Legends Division Game

*Times Eastern

Scouting Next Opponent: Nebraska @ Michigan, 3:30 pm, ABC

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November 9th, 2013.  Iowa @ Purdue Boilermakers, 1-7, 0-4 Big Ten, 0-2 Leaders
Previous Meetings: 83, Purdue leads 46-34-3
Last Meeting:  2012, Purdue 27, Iowa 24

Current Line: Iowa -16

Turnover Margin: -1,  B1G #6, FBS #60

Current Week 2 Deep:

Hawkeye Stat Pack 
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Offense
Total   386.1  Pass  205.4  Rush 180.7  Scoring 25.3
B1G    #9              #9               #7                  #11
FBS    #80            #90             #54                #82
Defense  
Total   325.1  Pass  186.6  Rush 138.6   Scoring 19.2
B1G    #4            #2                 #5                   #4
FBS    #13          #12               #33                 #17 
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Week 10: Wisconsin

During the ABC pregame, we learned that Wisconsin’s top linebacker, Borland, would not be able to go, due to a bad hamstring.  That should help the Iowa running game.

As the Hawks took the field, we saw a bunch of red poms being waved by the crowd - as the camera panned back, there were also white and blue ones, to honor Veteran’s Day, but from that corner the camera was in you would have thought we were the road team.

The temp is a brisk 47, but with 13 to 15 mile an hour winds, and they would play a role in the game.  November in Iowa.

The Hawkeyes won the toss - and deferred.  I’ll type that again.  Iowa won the toss - and deferred.

So Meyer lines it up, and he boots it deep into the end zone and out of play, a touchback, Badger ball at the 25.

The Badgers start in the I formation, White gets the ball and tries the right side, 3 yards then wrapped up, 2nd and 7.

October 31, 2013

TES - 2013 IOWA FOOTBALL - WEEK 10: WISCONSIN @ IOWA

Sedge’s Hawkeye Game Notes - 2013 Edition
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Iowa’s Record: 5-3, 2-2 Big Ten, 2-1 B1G Legends
Iowa’s Rankings:
AP:
USA Today:
BCS:
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2013 IOWA FOOTBALL SCHEDULE*

August 31st v. Northern Illinois, loss 30-27
September 7th v. Missouri State, WIN 28-14
September 14th @ Iowa State, WIN 27-21
September 21st v. Western Michigan, WIN 59-3
September 28th, @ •Minnesota, WIN 23-7
October 5th v. •Michigan State, loss 26-14
October 12th - Bye Week #1
October 19th @ Ohio State, loss 34-24
October 26th v. •Northwestern, WIN 17-10 OT
November 2nd v. Wisconsin, 12:00 pm, ABC/ESPN2 - ABC in NYC
November 9th @ Purdue, TBD
November 16th - Bye Week #2
November 23rd v. •Michigan, TBD
November 29th @ •Nebraska, 12:05 pm, ABC

•Big Ten Legends Division Game

*Times Eastern


Scouting Next Opponent: Ohio State @ Purdue, Noon, BTN

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November 2nd, 2013.  Iowa v. #24 Wisconsin Badgers, 5-2, 3-1 Big Ten, 2-1 B1G Leaders
Previous Meetings: 86, Tied 42-42-2
Last Meeting:  2010, Iowa 30, Wisconsin 31

Current Line: Iowa +7

Turnover Margin: +2,  B1G #7, FBS #52

Current Week 2 Deep:

Hawkeye Stat Pack 
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Offense
Total   397.6  Pass  208.8  Rush 188.9  Scoring 27.4
B1G    #9              #8               #6                  #11
FBS    #74            #86             #47                #79
Defense  
Total   320.5  Pass  191.9  Rush 128.6   Scoring 18.1
B1G    #3            #2                 #5                   #3
FBS    #12          #14               #24                 #12 
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Week 9: Northwestern

As the week begin, the line for the game was set at about -3.5 for Iowa, which is basically the points the home teams gets for what’s considered a push.  Then early in the week it inched up to over 5, as word seemed to indicate Colter would not be ready to go.  But then by Thursday it seemed like he would, and so the line came back down to where it started.

The game, of course, would be a push, through regulation.  But Hawk fans were hoping it would be nowhere near that close.

And hoping that the Iowa offense would not be asleep after halftime.  


As the cameras came into Kinnick, it seemed a pretty typical Iowa October day - cool, cloudy, but not raining, and ideal for a football game.

The Cats won the toss but deferred, so the Hawks lined up to return the kick.

The kickoff landed at the 9, and it was Canzeri who caught it, and he took it up the middle to the 26.  The Iowa offense took the field, and away we went.

October 24, 2013

TES 2013 IOWA FOOTBALL - WEEK 9: NORTHWESTERN @ IOWA

Sedge’s Hawkeye Game Notes - 2013 Edition
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Iowa’s Record: 4-3, 1-2 Big Ten, 1-1 B1G Legends
Iowa’s Rankings:
AP:
USA Today:
BCS:
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2013 IOWA FOOTBALL SCHEDULE*

August 31st v. Northern Illinois, loss 30-27
September 7th v. Missouri State, WIN 28-14
September 14th @ Iowa State, WIN 27-21
September 21st v. Western Michigan, WIN 59-3
September 28th, @ •Minnesota, WIN 23-7
October 5th v. •Michigan State, loss 26-14
October 12th - Bye Week #1
October 19th @ Ohio State, loss 34-24
October 26th v. •Northwestern, 12:01 pm, BTN
November 2nd v. Wisconsin, 12:00 pm, ABC/ESPN/ESPN2
November 9th @ Purdue, TBD
November 16th - Bye Week #2
November 23rd v. •Michigan, TBD
November 29th @ •Nebraska, 12:05 pm, ABC

•Big Ten Legends Division Game

*Times Eastern


Scouting Next Opponent: Badgers are on a bye week.

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October 26th, 2013.  Iowa v. Northwestern Wildcats, 4-3, 0-3 Big Ten, 0-1 B1G Legends
Previous Meetings: 74, Iowa leads 47-24-3
Last Meeting:  2012, Iowa 17, Northwestern 28

Current Line: Iowa -3

Turnover Margin: +1,  B1G #7, FBS #59

Current Week 2 Deep:

Hawkeye Stat Pack 
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Offense
Total   410.9  Pass  214.4  Rush 196.4  Scoring 28.9
B1G    #9              #7               #5                  #10
FBS    #69            #80             #41                #71
Defense  
Total   319.3  Pass  204.4  Rush 114.9   Scoring 19.3
B1G    #3            #3                 #5                   #3
FBS    #12          #26               #16                 #19 
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Week 8: Ohio State

As the week came to an end, the spread had climbed to 18 points, but the forecast had a high chance of rain, which can at times neutralize perceived superiority.  

But as the cameras found the field, it was overcast but not raining, and 46 degrees.  Chilly for fans, but about perfect for the players.

The Hawks won the toss and took the ball.  The OSU kick landed at the 3 on the near side, and Cotton took off for the far side, trying to get the corner turned, but he got cut off and dropped at the 20 - by the kicker.  Had he got by him…

The Hawks came to the line with Jake under center, Mark behind him, and KMM alone down low.  Jake snaps the ball, fakes the handoff, and then rolls toward the far side.  As he gets back upfield to about the 18 he flips it forward to Duzey, caught right at the sideline, and out of bounds, 5 yards.  
Jake has the team right to the line, the same formation.  He changes the play, moving up and down the line to get his message across.  He snaps it, and hands it to Mark, who charges toward the far side, off tackle left, and he gets about 3 yards to bring up 3rd and 2.

October 17, 2013

TES 2013 IOWA FOOTBALL - WEEK 8: IOWA @ OHIO STATE


Sedge’s Hawkeye Game Notes - 2013 Edition
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Iowa’s Record: 4-2, 1-1 Big Ten, 1-1 B1G Legends
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2013 IOWA FOOTBALL SCHEDULE*

August 31st v. Northern Illinois, loss 30-27
September 7th v. Missouri State, WIN 28-14
September 14th @ Iowa State, WIN 27-21
September 21st v. Western Michigan, WIN 59-3
September 28th, @ •Minnesota, WIN 23-7
October 5th v. •Michigan State, loss 26-14
October 12th - Bye Week #1
October 19th @ Ohio State, 3:36 pm, ABC/ESPN2*  ABC in NYC
October 26th v. •Northwestern, 12:01 pm, BTN
November 2nd v. Wisconsin, TBD
November 9th @ Purdue, TBD
November 16th - Bye Week #2
November 23rd v. •Michigan, TBD
November 29th @ •Nebraska, 12:05 pm, ABC

•Big Ten Legends Division Game

*Times Eastern



Scouting Next Opponent: Rodents @ Mildcats, Noon, ESPN2

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October 19th, 2013.  Iowa @ #4 Ohio State Buckeyes, 6-0, 2-0 Big Ten
Previous Meetings: 63, Ohio State leads 46-14-3
Last Meeting:  2010, Ohio State 20, Iowa 17

Current Line: Iowa +16

Turnover Margin: +2,  B1G #8, FBS #63

Current Week 2 Deep:

Hawkeye Stat Pack 
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Offense
Total   416.8  Pass  209.3  Rush 207.5  Scoring 29.7
B1G    #8              #9               #5                  #11
FBS    #63            #85             #33                #66
Defense  
Total   290.0  Pass  201.5  Rush 88.5   Scoring 16.8
B1G    #3            #3                 #3                  #3
FBS    #9           #28                #8                  #12 
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Week 6: Michigan State

This game is in the past, back beyond the bye week, and so we are going to leave it there, knowing we won’t be facing a defense like that again.  

The 4 week gauntlet, in which we are now into week 2, required the team, and the fans, to look ahead.  What’s done is done, we can hope the time off helped the team recover and perhaps find some new wrinkles that could come in very handy this week.  We’ll see you again next year Sparty.  


Week 8: Ohio State

Stranger Things Have Happened.

We lead this segment with a little history lesson, courtesy of youtube.  In the way-back machine to 1987.  By the way, this game was not on tv; for you kids, many games were not back in the day.  


Many Hawkeye fans consider this the greatest play in Iowa history, mainly as this win in Columbus was the first one the Hawkeyes had - since 1959.  That 59 team also took the Buckeyes down in 1960 back in Iowa Stadium.

The Hawks would also down Ohio State in 1962, but the Buckeyes then started a run that the Hawks could’t break until 1983, finally winning in Kinnick 20-14.  

Three more losses ensued before Hartlieb to Cook ended the futility in Columbus.  That win gave the Hawks some momentum, as they would tie the Buckeyes in 1988 24-24.  

But then in your scribe’s freshmen year, 1989, the Hawks would fall 28-0 in Columbus, and then the next year saw a heartbreaking 28-27 loss in Kinnick.  

The Hawkeyes returned to the Horseshoe in 1991, but this time the helmets were solid black, as this game occurred just one day after the darkest day in the University of Iowa history.

It was, of course, the mass shooting at the hands of Gang Lu, which resulted in the deaths of 5 people, 6 if you count the cowered who took his own life as the police closed in.  

It was hard to think about things as trivial as a football game in that environment, but somehow the Iowa Football team found a way to win in Columbus again, 16-9.  Here is the highlight video:


The Hawks would then drop the next 8 meetings, and we didn’t get a chance to play them in 2002 - when we would have destroyed the Buckeyes, who barely won almost half their games, it seemed, and then won the national title that was stolen from Miami.  

We did meet them in 2003, and fell 19-10 on the road, but the next year we had perhaps our most satisfying win in the series, crushing the Sweater Vests 33-7.

We have met 4 times since, most famously losing the de-facto 2009 Big Ten title game in Columbus 27-24 in overtime, a game we would have won in regulation if Kirk believed in attacking when you have momentum.

And then our last meeting, another one of those close losses, 20-17, and we have not met since that game in 2010.

A lot has happened since then, namely at Ohio State, where the Sweater Vest was felled by Tattoo-Gate, and so the Buckeyes went out and got Urban Meyer, formerly of Florida.  A coach with 2 national titles thanks to Tim Tebow.  This all was after the 2011 season ended.

So last year, the Buckeyes go 12-0, and that was it, as they were blocked from both the Big Ten title game, and any bowl games, due to the typical NCAA policy of punishing the kids that didn’t do the crime.

This year, they are off to a 6-0 start.  That’s 18 games in a row if you are scoring at home.  Let’s take a look at this season.

Week 1, and Buffalo came calling.  The Buckeyes won it 40-20, but it was just a 10 point game in the 3rd quarter, and was almost a 3 point game, but a Buckeye turnover at their 1 yard line was erased by a penalty on Buffalo.  In this game, junior QB Braxton Miller hit 15 of 22 passes for 178 yards, with two tds and one pick.  But he also ran for 77 yards on 14 carries.

Miller would not get out of the 1st quarter in week 2, against San Diego State.  He was 2 of 2 for 30 yards, and had rushed 1 time for 5 yards, but that play resulted in a knee injury that sidelined him for the rest of the game.  

In stepped 5th year senior Guiton, and he went 19 for 28 for 152, and he rushed for 9 times for 83 yards.  Ohio State won this one 42-7.

The Buckeyes then travelled to Berkeley, visiting the Bears, and Guiton made his first career start.  It went rather well, as he tossed 3 td passes before the 1st quarter was half done, en route to a 21 of 32 day for 276 and 4 tds, along with his rushing 14 times for 92. The Buckeyes were also aided by tailback Hall hauling it 30 times for 168 yards, and 3 tds. Ohio State won it 52-34.

Miller was still out in week 4 as FCS Florida A&M came to Columbus, and Guiton was a rather bad host, tossing 6 td passes - in the first half - as Ohio State won it 76-0.

Ohio State had 603 total yards in this one, with 388 of them coming on the ground.  Only 5 of them came from the QB, who didn’t need to run, obviously.  

So many Buckeye were wondering if the non-conference season season had the team ready for the Big Ten slate.  It began with a night game with the Badgers coming to visit.

OSU started fast, but then the Badgers made a game of it, finally falling 31-24.  Miller returned and played the whole game, tossing 4 tds on 17 of 25 passing, for 198 yards.  He also rushed 83 yards on 22 carries.  

Ohio State allowed the Badgers to stay in it by giving up 295 passing yards to Wisconsin QB Stave, but they held the Badger rushing attack to just 104 yards net.  Wisconsin did get the ball back with just over a minute left, but couldn’t do anything with it to preserve the Buckeye victory.  Of note in this game, senior Buckeye tailback Hyde rushed 17 times for 85 yards.  Hyde, 6 feet even - and 242 pounds.  He would play a major factor in the next game.

That one was another night game, with the Buckeyes in Evanston to see the Mildcats.  It was a dark and stormy night, and the Cats actually had the lead in this game at the half 20-13, and then again at the end of the 3rd, 23-20.

But Hyde was a major factor in the 4th, as he had 2 rushing touchdowns, his mass wearing down the Cats, and Ohio State had a 34-30 lead with the clock just about expired.  I say just about, because the Cats had one final snap from deep in their own end.  

They tried flipping the ball around, but it went backwards and into the end zone, where the Buckeyes fell on it as the clock was at 0:00 - making the final 40-30.  

Of note, the spread was 6.  Millions of dollars changed hands on that one play.

Miller, 15 of 26 for 203, with no tds, and one interception.  But he rushed for 68 yards on 17 carries, and it was Hyde, toting it 26 times for 168 yards and three tds, that killed the Cats.

Also of note, the dual QBs of Northwestern passed for 343 yards on the Buckeye defense.  We need Jake to have his best passing day of his career, and the Ohio State defense may set up for him to have it.

In fact, the Buckeyes defense gives up an average of 240 passing yards per game, only 8th in the conference and 77th nationally.  Diving further, the 11.17 yards their give up per pass is 10th in the B1G AND 93rd in FBS.  Look down the field Jake.

They do a better job at rush defense, to the tune of just over 86 yards per game, good for 2nd and in the Big Ten and 6th nationally.  As you can see above, not much different to the Iowa rush defense.  Something will have to give.  

With the ball, the Buckeyes pass for 212 yards per game, which for such an offense is not spectacular at 7th and 78th, but when you combine it with the 280 rushing (3rd and 11th ranking), it adds up.  

Then again, when you consider that many of those passes come from defenses lining up to stop the running QBs, and tailbacks - you might think they would have better numbers going downfield.

So, how can the Hawkeyes shock the college football world, and bring Ohio State’s 18 game winning streak to an end?

  1. Win the Time of Possession by at least a count of 34:00 to 26:00.  How.
  a: Run for at least 160 yards net.  Yes, I know that’s double what OSU allows.  We must use Mark, Damon, Jordan, LeShun, and even Jake when he finds room on his scrambles.  Keep our guys fresh, and keep the defense honest by subbing in backs of different size and speed.
 b: Not drop any passes that Jake puts into the hands of the receivers.  
 c: Convert 3rd downs at 57% or better.

   2. Win the turnover battle by at least 2.
  a: and convert those to 14 points.

  3. Score a special teams touchdown.  Cotton - you’re up.

  4. Go at least 2 if not 3 deep on the D line.  They must contain the running QB and sell out to stop the battering ram at tailback.  We need to cut their rushing average in half.

If the Hawks can do these things, we can perhaps be there midway though the 4th quarter, and from there, anything can happen.

Let’s face it, at really no point since the early 1960s, have the Hawks been able to put as many skilled players on the field as Ohio State, those 3, 4, 5 star athletes.  Not even once.  But we have found ways, albeit few, but ways to beat them.  Punch them in the face, and out execute them with discipline and purpose.   

If OSU starts fast it may be too much, but if the Hawks can be there at halftime, and then again at the end of the 3rd, the Buckeyes will begin to wonder if their winning streak, which has been under threat a couple times already this year, has finally meets it’s match.

Stranger things have happened.  


GO HAWKS!!!
SEDGE