October 30, 2014

The Eternal Season - 10/30/14 - Sedge's 2014 Hawkeye Football Game Notes - Week 10 - Northwestern @ Iowa

Sedge's Hawkeye Football Game Notes - 2014 Edition
Iowa’s Record: 5-2, 2-1 Big Ten, 1-0 B1G West 
Iowa’s Rankings:
USA Today: 
College Football Playoff:

August 30th v. Northern Iowa, WIN 31-23
September 6th v. Ball State, WIN 17-13
September 13th v. Iowa State, Loss 20-17
September 20th @ Pittsburg, WIN 24-20
September 27th @ •Purdue, WIN 24-10
October 11th v. Indiana, WIN 45-29
October 18th @ Maryland, Loss 38-31
November 1st v. •Northwestern, 12:00 pm, BTN (main BTN channel)
November 8th, @ •Minnesota, 12:00 pm, ESP2/ESPNU
November 15th @ •Illinois, TBD
November 22nd v. •Wisconsin, TBD
November 28th v. •Nebraska (Black Friday), TBD

•Big Ten West Division Game

*Times Eastern

Scouting next opponent:
Golden Rodents are on a bye, Illinois @ Ohio State, 8:00 pm, ABC

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November 1st, 2014.  Iowa v Northwestern Wildcats, 3-4, 2-2 Big Ten, 1-2 B1G West
Previous Meetings: 75, Iowa leads 48-24-3
Last Meeting: 2013, Iowa 17, Mildcats 10, OT

Current Line: Iowa -4

Turnover Margin: +2,  B1G #5, FBS #46

Current Week 2 Deep:

Hawkeye Stat Pack - 2014
Total   388.7  Pass  242 4 Rush 145.3  Scoring 27.0
B1G    #8             #6               #10                  #11
FBS    #78            #57             #80                  #82
Total   343.1  Pass  201.1  Rush 142.0    Scoring 21.9
B1G    #7              #4                  #7                   #7
FBS    #30            #27                #51                 #33 
The New Big Ten:
West                             East
Iowa                              Michigan
Nebraska                      Michigan State
Minnesota                     Ohio State
Wisconsin                     Penn State
Illinois                           Indiana
Northwestern               Maryland
Purdue                         Rutgers

Big Ten West Standings:
Nebraska         7-1, 3-1 B1G, 2-0 B1G West
Iowa                5-2, 2-1 B1G, 1-0 B1G West
Minnesota 6-1, 3-1 B1G, 2-1 B1G West
Wisconsin 5-2, 2-1 B1G, 1-1 B1G West
Northwestern 3-4, 2-2 B1G, 1-2 B1G West
Purdue         3-5, 1-3 B1G, 1-2 B1G West
Illinois         4-4, 1-3 B1G, 1-3 B1G West

Week 8 Recap: Maryland

Let’s leave this game in the past: it has been hashed and rehashed already.  Offense, defense, and coaching were all to blame.  We trust they have used the second bye week to correct the things that can be corrected.  And found their focus - because we now face 5 games in 27 days, and because we are still 1-0 in the division, our path is clear.  One week at a time.

Week 10 Preview: Northwestern

Stupid bye weeks.  This one cost us Spearman, another one of those OWIs via moped, and in the last day or two, word broke that Willies would be leaving Iowa, to be closer to his ailing father.  So that’s a hit to a starting linebacker, and a wideout who hadn’t played as much as Iowa fans may have wanted, 

Granted, the way the defense has defended the rush (poorly) the last two games, maybe shaking up the linebackers will provide a spark.  As big and fast as Willies was, he was still a redshirt freshman, and we were not featuring him as the season went on.  We still have some tools and weapons, let’s see if the coaches can figure out how to use them properly.

You probably heard a lot about the Mildcats all summer, as they lead the charge to unionize college football teams.  It didn’t work, and some questioned if the Cats should have focused more on their football skills.  

Still. Northwestern entered the season as a candidate to win the Big Ten West, but their dreams are nearly dead, and the Hawks can snuff them out on Saturday.  

The Cats hosted the Cal Bears to open the year, who had lost the last 16 games they had played against FBS level opponents.  Easy win for Northwestern.  

But against the Cats they built at 31-7 lead, and hung on to win the game 31-34.  You may recall the terrible start the B1G had this year.   

The Mildcats then stayed home to face Northern Illinois in week 2.  We remember them.

But that quarterback is gone, and the Huskies defense stuffed Northwestern’s running attack for 72 net, and held on to win the game 23-15.  So the Mildcats started the season 0-2.

They then continued their tour of their home state, as Western Illinois visited Chicago, and the Cats had little trouble with them, getting their first win, 24-7.  

Northwestern than went to Happy Valley to start their Big Ten schedule, and they really suffocated the Lions offense, winning 29-6.  The Cats were now 2-2 on the year.

Up next, the Badges came calling.
There, Gordon carried the ball for 27 times for 259 yards - but the Wisconsin problem has been quarterback, and the Cats picked off four Badger passes to hang on and shock the Badgers 20-14.  Northwestern was now 3-2, 2-0 Big Ten.

But then they went to Kinnick North.  This was a 17-17 game midway through the 4th quarter, but as soon as the Cats tied the game up, they let the Rodents bring the next kickoff back 100 yards, and that was the final score, Rodents 24, Mildcats 17.  

Nebraska then came to Chicago, and this game had the Cats up 17-14 late in the 3rd, but Nebraska scored to open the 4th up 21-17, and they added 3 more 4th quarter touchdowns to win the game 38-17.

Abdullah had 23 carries for 146 yards, but the Huskers racked up 234 on the ground total.  They really wore the Cats down in the 4th quarter.  Note, Iowa coaches,  

So that 2 game losing streak has Northwestern at 3-4, and at 1-2, Big Ten West, they are on very thin ice in the division.

The Cats are lead by senior QB Siemian, who we have seen before.  So far he is 151 out of 265. a 57% completion rate, for 1496 yards, with 4 passing tds, but 6 interceptions.  He has also been sacked 18 times.

He has 4 rushing tds on the season, but those have all been close in dives, he is not a running QB like we are used to seeing these days. His longest scramble so far is 8 yards.

His top target is senior wideout Prater, #21.  He has 26 catches for 264 yards, with a long of 22.  

The rushing attack is lead by a freshman, Jackson, #28.  He has 134 carries for 630 yards, 4.7 per touch, with 4 rushing touchdowns.  He also has 11 catches for 102 yards, with a td, so Iowa linebackers, be ready for him out of the backfield.

Senior Green, #22, has 45 carries for 153 yards, so the main feature is the freshman.  Hawks must take him away.

The Northwestern defense allows an average of 158 rushing yards per game, let’s hope that if Mark is averaging over 5 yards a carry this week, he will see the ball in all 4 quarters.

They allow just short of 217 passing yards per game, so the check downs will be there Jake - let’s use some play action to force the defense back.

The most interesting stat regarding special teams is this - the Mildcats only net 32.1 yards per punt, dead last in the Big Ten, and #122 overall.  Maybe the long litany of fair catches will end this week, and Iowa will expose the Cats on a punt return or two.

I know, it’s Northwestern, who, like Iowa State, seems to think their season is a success if they beat Iowa.  But Iowa has had to fight off the distractions of the bye week, and will be ready to come out and atone for mistakes of the past two games.

That is, we are going to get the power running game going this week.  And stick with it.  Yes, there will be passes, but they will complement the rushing attack, not replace it.  

Mark goes over 100 with two scores, Parker and Canzeri chip in 85 more, as Jake (and maybe CJ) top the 275 mark with 2 passing tds.  

The Iowa defense will only give up 60 net rushing to the Cats, and sack the QB 4 times.  

The Hawks wipe out the negativity of the last 14 days with a comfortable 34-20 win.  

And that is all that we, and the Hawkeyes, must think about.  One game.  Northwestern.  Beat them, knock them out of the conference race - and make ourselves 2-0 in the division.