September 22, 2016

The Eternal Season - Sedge's 2016 Hawkeye Football Game Notes, Week 4: Iowa @ Rutgers

Sedge's Hawkeye Football Game Notes - 2016 Edition
Iowa’s Record: 2-1, 0-0 Big Ten, 0-0 B1G West 
Iowa’s Rankings:
AP:  (47 points)
Coaches: 25th (140 points)
College Football Playoff:
*Times Eastern

September 3rd, v. Miami (Ohio), WIN 45-21
September 10th, v. Iowa State, WIN 42-3
September 17th, v. North Dakota State, Loss 23-21
September 24th, @ Rutgers, 12:00 pm, ESPN2
October 1st, v. •Northwestern, 12:00 pm, ESPNU
October 8th, @ Minnesota, TBD
October 15th, @ •Purdue, 12:00 pm, TBD
October 22nd, v. •Wisconsin, TBD
October 29th, Bye Week
November 5th, @ Penn State, 7:30 pm, BTN
November 12th, v. Michigan, 8:00 pm, ABC/ESPN2
November 19th, @ •Illinois, TBD
November 25th, v. •Nebraska, TBD

•Big Ten West Division Game

December 3rd, Big Ten Title Game, 8:00 pm, FOX

Scouting next opponent: Week 4
Nebraska @ Mildcats, 7:30 pm, BTN

*Wondering which BTN channel we are on? Click, enter, find.
September 24th, 2016  Iowa @ Rutgers Scarlet Knights, 2-1, 0-0 Big Ten, 0-0 B1G East
Previous Meetings:  0
Last Meeting:

Kinnick Color of the Week:

Current Line: Iowa -13.5

Turnover Margin: +4,  B1G #5, FBS #13

Interceptions: 2, B1G #9, FBS #62

Current Week 2 Deep:

Hawkeye Stat Pack - 2016
Total   356.7  Pass 208.7  Rush 148.0  Scoring 36.0
B1G    #13           #12               #12                   #6
FBS    #98           #82               #90                  #46
Total   359.3  Pass 185.0  Rush 174.3    Scoring 15.7
B1G    #10             #5                  #11                 #5
FBS    #56             #35                #91                 #19
Big Ten West Standings: 
Wisconsin   3-0, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Nebraska     3-0, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Minnesota   2-0, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Iowa                 2-1, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Illinois     1-1, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Purdue     1-2, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Northwestern   1-2, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
 Week 3: North Dakota State

Well, that was most disappointing.  From the failure of the offense to run the ball, the failure of the defense to stop the run, and failure of the coaching staff to call plays to get a 1st down when we needed one.  And even the fans in Kinnick, who grew quieter during the 4th quarter as the Bison went on that long drive that made the score 21-20.  

But there is some good news.  Iowa can still play for a Big Ten title.

And to get away from Kinnick this week (hey, we are Iowa - opening the Big Ten on the road is what we do!) will do the players some good.  Now they and the coaches can focus on fixing what needs fixing, and preparing to play Iowa football for the balance of the season.

Week 4: Rutgers

If you have been paying much attention to college sports of the past few years, you probably know what has been happening at Rutgers.  A classic train wreck.  Only that would be a disrespectful to trains.

But now maybe they have things settled down.  Got to behave to get that B1G Network money that will be about doubling in annual payouts next year.  

Another week, another opponent coached by a guy who was born and raised in Iowa.

In this case, Chris Ash, aged 42, born in Ottumwa, Iowa, and raised a Hawkeye fan.  One of his best presents received as a kid, a football signed by Hayden Fry.

Ash was a defensive back at Drake from 1992 to 1995, and then has coached at Drake, Iowa State, Wisconsin, Arkansas, and Ohio State.  Rutgers is his 1st head coaching gig. 

In the past, Rutgers tried to run a pro-style offense, very similar to what the Hawks run.  They were not very good at it.

Under the new regime, they are now trying to run a more spread out, read/option type of offense.  Only problem, their starting quarterback is a pro-style QB.

He, senior Laviano, #5.  He is 46 for 89 (51.7%) for 457 yards, with 4 tds, and 2 interceptions.
Against Howard, he ran 7 times for 24 yards, but against the Iowa defense, he will presumably not try to run very much.  That would be a very pissed off Iowa defense.

Rutgers may play 1 or 2 other QBs if Laviano struggles against Iowa.  Obviously with him being a senior, Rutgers will be trying to get some dual threat QBs to run this type of offense in the future. 

The top tailback, Martin, #7, a junior. He has 37 carries for 252 yards, for a 6.8 yard average, and a long of 80 yards, with 1 TD.

Their leading wideout is Harris, #3, a sophomore.  Through 2 games, 5 passes caught for 140 yards (28 per) and 2 tds.  

Look for Rutgers to try some things like the Wildcat with one of their tailbacks.  

Rutgers started the season with a very long road trip to face the Washington Huskies.

And the Knights seemed to never wake up, as they were down 24-0 at the end of the 1st quarter.  The final would end up 48-13, as Rutgers got a field goal and td in the final half of the 4th quarter to make it not at all respectable.  

They then hosted Howard, and Howard had a 14-0 lead as the 1st quarter came close to the end.  But then on the ensuing Howard kickoff, Rutgers brought the kick back 84 yards for a touchdown, and that seemed to awaken the Knights. They cruised to a 52-14 victory.

A week later, New Mexico paid a visit to New Brunswick.  

Here, the Lobos jumped out to a 21-0 lead with a score at the 13 second mark of the 1st quarter.  But then Rutgers got a 75 yard passing touchdown with just 3 seconds left in the 1st, and that got them going.  

Rutgers would have the next 4 scores, building the lead to 31-21, and then New Mexico made it 31-28 early in the 4th, but Rutgers got two field goals in the final 5:30 to win the game 37-28.  

Of note in the last game, New Mexico rushed for 293 yards and had control of the ball for 38 minutes.  

After missing them badly last week, Iowa will have Daniels the Younger and Welsh back this week, so the Iowa O line that was creating the big holes in weeks 1 and 2 will be back together.  So we will see if the Rutgers running defense was an aberration or a trend.  

Same though with the Iowa D.  I think we will see a much better performance this week, they know the last game was lost because of the running game.  I expect The Outlaw will lay down the law early and often.  

And then C.J.  On that first play last week, he had Kittle 35 yards down the field with only a linebacker about 8 yards behind him - an 80 yard td pass on our first offense snap.  But C.J. just barely missed the throw.  I trust he is going to be be back to the near 70% completion percentage this week.

And now that we are into the Big Ten season, I think we will see C.J. do more running when the plays break down.  We saw a bit of it last week, but after losing that game, he is going to do what he needs to to keep drives alive.  And he is a weapon when he takes off, or rolls out.  The Iowa coaches must use him to build up the points.  

Again, I am glad the Hawks went on the road this week.  It will clear their minds, and they will want to atone for their last showing.  Sorry Rutgers.

With our starting O line back, Wadley and Jr combine for 190, C.J. throws in 65 rushing and 295 through the air.  First Down with 8 catches for 135 yards and 2 tds, as Iowa find the rhythm early and cruises to 1-0 Big Ten.  Hawkeyes 51, Scarlet Knights 20.



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