September 3, 2015

The Eternal Season - Sedge's 2015 Hawkeye Football Game Notes, Week 1: Illinois State @ Iowa,

Sedge's Hawkeye Football Game Notes - 2015 Edition
Iowa’s Record: 0-0, 0-0 Big Ten, 0-0 B1G West 
Iowa’s Rankings:
USA Today: 
College Football Playoff:

September 5th, v. Illinois State 12:00 pm, BTN
September 12th, @ Iowa State, 4:30 pm, Fox
September 19th, v. Pittsburgh, 8:00 pm, BTN
September 26th, v. North Texas, TBD
October 3rd, @ •Wisconsin, TBD
October 10th, v. •Illinois, 12:00 pm, TBD
October 17th, @ •Northwestern, 12:00 pm, TBD
October 31st, v. Maryland, TBD
November 7th, @ Indiana,TBD
November 14th, v. •Minnesota, 8:00 pm, BTN
November 21st, v. •Purdue, TBD
November 27th, @ •Nebraska, TBD

•Big Ten West Division Game

*Times Eastern

Scouting next opponent: Saturday 9/5 Northern Iowa @ Iowa State, 
8:00 pm, Cyclones TV (streaming only in NYC)

Wondering which BTN channel we are on? Click, enter, find.
September 5th, 2015  Iowa v. Illinois State Redbirds, 0-0, 0-0 MVFC
Previous Meetings: 0
Last Meeting: Never

Kinnick Color of the Week: Gold

Current Line: Iowa -9

Turnover Margin: 0,  B1G #, FBS #

Hawkeye Stat Pack - 2015 - back after week 1
Total   000.0  Pass 000.0 Rush 000.0  Scoring 00.0
B1G    #              #                #                    # 
FBS    #              #                #                    #
Total   000.0  Pass 000.0  Rush 000.0    Scoring 00.0
B1G    #              #                 #                   #
FBS    #              #                 #                   # 

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:
Iowa                0-0, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Illinois         0-0, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Minnesota 0-0, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Nebraska         0-0, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Northwestern 0-0, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Purdue         0-0, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Wisconsin 0-0, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West

Week 1: Illinois State

At long last - the wait is over.  Hawkeye Football has returned, and the Sunshine Era has begun!

And - it looks like Jake will be starting at Michigan.  So we can compare and contrast - all season long.

It begins with Illinois State, in Normal, founded in 1857, that makes ISU the oldest public university in Illinois.  Yet, the Hawks and Redbirds have never met on the gridiron.  
And this will be it.  ISU is a FCS team, and when the B1G switches to 9 conference games next year,  we will no longer schedule any FCS teams (we do play the FCS teams that are already scheduled over the next couple seasons).

And, it’s a good FCS team!  The Redbirds got all the way to the FCS championship game this past season, where they ran into (then) 3 time defending champions North Dakota State.  ISU gave the Bison all they could handle - NDSU had to score with 37 seconds left to win the game 29-27.

ISU is lead by Tre Roberson, who you may recall from his time at Indiana.  Where he could never really nail down the starting spot, so he moved on.

All he did as a junior last year was throw for 3,321 yards, with 30 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions.  But he also rushed for 1,029 yards, with 11 rushing tds, so he is the dual threat that we are so used to seeing these days.

His top tailback is senior Coprich, who after rushing for 2,274 yards, and 27 tds, then sold some weed to an undercover officer and got suspended, but of course, he did his time, and he will be back on the field.

So whereas ISU only returns 11 starters from last year, the weapons on the offense are almost all back.  It’s the offense that set the school record for points, at 38.3 per game.  

We shall see early if the Iowa defense is ready to face the first of what will be several dual threat, wide open offenses in 2015.

And there is good reason to think, that after taking a few lumps last year, they may be ready.  

It starts up front, where we go with senior Meyer, senior Ott, junior Johnson, and sophomore Bazata.  

Going back to the spring time, in the public practices, we have seen the Iowa D line wreaking havoc in our rebuilt offensive line (remember, both the guys that left the O line are in the NFL, one of which was the #5 overall pick).

But the players have said that inside the closed practices, the offense has had their moments.  We hope our D line does the same against the other teams.

Behind them, sophomore Niemann, senior Fisher (who beat out Bo Bower for the spot), and then sophomore Jewell.  The linebackers had a few very visible problems last year - but it seems like they have learned, and will be better.

And then the back four - there is skill and depth here, to think we may make offenses regret putting the ball up.  

At safety, senior Lomax, and sophomore Taylor.  On the outside, King, a junior, and Mabin, also a junior.  

If you read the various Hawkeye boards, there seems to be a consensus that this Hawkeye defense is tough, deep, and ready to atone for the late game collapses of 2014.  

Everything Iowa will ever do on offense will start and end with the Offensive Line.

Currently, it looks like sophomore Myers at one tackle spot, he, 6’5, 300.
On the other end, Boettger, also a sophomore, at 6’6 and also 300 lbs.

Inside, Welsh, a sophomore, 6’3, and 288.
The other guard spot, Walsh, a senior, 6’4, and 290.

Calling the shots at center, senior Blythe, at 6’3 and 300 lbs.

Now, we cannot overstate the importance of having healthy fullbacks, and we have two seniors who are angry at all the games they missed in 2014, and they are ready to plow into some linebackers.  Plewa at 6’2 and 244, and Cox, at 5’11 and 234.  

And they will be leading the way - for actual tailbacks.  

Starter, Daniels, 6-0, 225, a junior.  The thunder.

And the lightning, Canzeri, now a senior at 5’9 and 192

This will not look like the kind of rushing attack of the Mark Weisman years.  Fullbacks blocking for tailbacks.  Hopefully more like the Shonn Greene years.  

Of course, the one handing the ball to the tailbacks - C.J. Beathard.  Now a junior, and without his trademark sunshine hair (he had it donated to one of those charities that gives hair to kids with cancer).  It was certainly strange when Kirk put out that new Depth Chart in January that elevated C.J. to #1, but then again, the way the season ended, things needed some shaking up.  Of course you know that Jake moved on to Michigan, and it seems like he may get the start tonight in their game against Utah (8:30 pm, FoxSports1).

As we have seen, C.J. has a cannon, and is not afraid to put the ball up.  Sure, our offense will still feature some of those quick passes - but we think C.J. will not hesitate to take the deep options when his eye spots the guys downfield.  

And then there is the running QB.  As we have seen of late, often the difference in wins and losses for Iowa.  C.J. can run.  He will call plays for himself - QB sweeps, dives, draws, and he will be especially dangerous when the plays break down and he must leave the pocket - the threat to run, or the threat to launch a 65 yard pass down the field if the safeties move up the field to stop him.

But he must learn to get down when linebackers have him in their crosshairs.  Because after C.J. it’s Weigers, the redshirt freshman, who has been in the system for a year, but still not a single snap at the college level.

Weigers is 6’4 and 225 - we assume he will also be able to fire the ball deep down the field.  We hope he gets the snaps due to Iowa blowouts, and nothing else.

C.J. will have weapons to keep happy.  The tight ends will be good out of the gate, Krieger-Coble and Kittle will be the first two, but Duzey will be back (springtime surgery) probably for the Badger game, and that will make the tight end group even better.

On the outside, Smith, a senior, with the velcro hands, just get it near him.  A good year here, he could be our next drafted Hawkeye wideout. On the other side, Vandeberg, a junior.  For the 5 wide sets we will see Hillyer and McCarron, and we may see one or two freshman receivers make the field.

If we are going to be good, the Iowa special teams must be good.  King will be doing double duty handling punt returns, also back there with Canzeri, Parker, on kickoff returns.  I think he has the potential to take back a couple punts.  

Koehn,  now a senior, will again handle the kicking duties.  Kidd is listed as the punter, but if he is not effective, Koehn could himself go double duty and handle all the kicking.  We shall see.  

If the public practices have told us anything, we can expect the defense to come out firing, and the offense might need to work some things out.  But I think the offense will be ready, a healthy running game will help the game slow down for C.J., and he will make the Redbirds pay if they bring their secondary up to slow down those Iowa tailbacks.

Iowa gets TDS from the defense (a pick six), two rushing TDS from Daniels, and C.J. fires a TD pass in excess of 45 yards to Smith.  

Iowa does better than expected on offense, racking up 475 yards, and they hold the high powered Redbird offense to have their scoring average.  Iowa 28, Illinois State, 17.

Our game is Noon eastern on Saturday, but there are Big Ten football games on every day of this holiday weekend, starting tonight:



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1 comment:

  1. Good job - looking forward to this season. Hopefully I will get a chance to come down to Quinn's for game day this year.

    What's the deal with Jake going to Michigan?