November 23, 2017

The Eternal Season - Sedge's 2017 Hawkeye Football Game Notes, Week 13: Hawkeyes @ Cornhuskers

Sedge's Hawkeye Football Game Notes - 2017 Edition
Iowa’s Record: 6-5, 3-5 Big Ten, 2-3 B1G West 
Iowa’s Rankings:
College Football Playoff:
*Times Eastern

September 2nd, v. Wyoming, WIN 24-3
September 9th, @ Iowa State, WIN 44-41 OT
September 16th, v. North Texas, WIN 31-14
September 23rd, v. Penn State, Loss 21-19
September 30th,  @ Michigan State, Loss 17-10
October 7th, v. •Illinois, WIN 45-16
October 15th, Bye Week
October 21st, @ •Northwestern, Loss 17-10 OT
October 28th, v. •Minnesota, WIN 17-10
November 4th, v. Ohio State, WIN 55-24
November 11th, @ •Wisconsin, Loss 38-14
November 18th, v. •Purdue, Loss 24-15
November 24th, @ •Nebraska, 4:05 pm, FS1 Black Friday

•Big Ten West Division Game

December 2nd, Big Ten Championship Game
Lucas Oil Arena, Indianapolis  

Scouting next opponent
Bowl Opponent TBD

*Wondering which BTN channel we are on? Click, enter, find.
November 24th, 2017: Iowa Hawkeyes @ Nebraska Cornhuskers, 4-7, 3-5 Big 10, 2-3 B1G West
Previous Meetings:47, Nebraska leads 29-15-3
Last Meeting: 2016, Cornhuskers 10, Hawkeyes 40

Kinnick Color of the Week:

Current Line: Iowa -3.5

Turnover Margin: +1,  B1G #7 FBS #59

Interceptions: 16, B1G #1, FBS #6

Hawkeye Stat Pack - 2017 Through Week 12
Total   325.3  Pass 198.4  Rush 126.9  Scoring 25.8
B1G    #10           #8                #12                 #9
FBS    #117     #87              #107               #87
Total   363.4  Pass 214.5 Rush 148.9     Scoring 20.5
B1G    #9             #9              #8                 #6
FBS    #39           #35            #46                #26
Wisconsin           11-0, 8-0 B1G, 5-0 B1G West
Northwestern       8-3, 6-2 B1G, 4-1 B1G West
Purdue       5-6, 3-5 B1G, 3-3 B1G West
Iowa                   6-5, 3-5 B1G, 2-3 B1G West
Nebraska       4-7, 3-5 B1G, 2-3 B1G West
Minnesota     5-6, 2-6 B1G, 2-3 B1G West
Illinois       2-9, 0-8 B1G, 0-5 B1G West
WEEK 12: Purdue

Ugh.  Will the real Iowa offense please show up?  Time to bring out the time honored bowling trick when throwing a few bad frames - the fence.  


WEEK 13: Nebraska

We meet again, Huskers.  We assume you remember 40-10.

And this time, a defeat to the Hawkeyes will likely end the Mike Riley era at Nebraska, over after 3 years and a 19-19 record.  

Makes sense, as the new AD there in Lincoln (as of this past summer) did not hire Riley, and presumably has his own man for the job already lined up.

So the Hawks can not only end the offense funk to end the season on a bright note - they can also send Nebraska into the unknown of a new coach.  Two birds, one stone.  Oh how glorious that would be.

You think the Hawks have been playing rather poorly of late, but at least we have been in every game we have lost, and we still have those 5 or 6 plays that could have had the Hawks at something like 10-1 rather than our 6-5.   Not so Nebraska.

Things started well enough for the Huskers, beating Arkansa State 43-36.  Or was it?  No, ASU got a td with 47 seconds left to make it 43-36, then ASU got the onside kick and had the ball at the Nebraska 11 yard line, but on the final play, the ASU QB overshot his (open) wideout, and the Huskers had survived.  

In week two, the Huskers went to Riley’s old stopping grounds, Oregon.  The Huskers turned the ball over 4 times and allowed the Ducks to rack up 566 yards, and Oregon had a 42-14 lead as the 3rd quarter slipped under a minute.  There, the Huskers scored, and they got two more tds in the 4th, only to come up shot in a 42-35 loss.  The Huskers were 1-1.

Back at home in week 3, the Huskers hosted Northern Illinois.  And lost, 21-17.  The first time a non power 5 school had beaten Nebraska since 2004. 3 turnovers, inlacing an interception late in the 4th as Nebraska drove for the winning touchdown.  They were 1-2 and the Big 10 slate loomed.

But, the got to host Rutgers in the B1G opener.  But this was not as easy as most Husker fans would have wanted, only beating the Knights 27-17.  The Huskers gave the Knights a pick-six in this one.  Jackson?

Then Illinois, another win, 28-6.  You know how bad Illinois is this year.  Teehee…

And then the Badgers came calling to Lincoln.  at 10:43 of the 3rd, the game was tied at 17.  But the Badger ground game wore down Nebraska, and the Badgers departed with a 38-7 win.  

Then Ohio State came to Lincoln, and the Buckeyes smacked around the Huskers 56-14. You recall what Iowa did to that Ohio State team.  By this time, the Husker faithful were sure that they needed a new coach.

Then, the Huskers scored that td with 13 seconds left to beat Purdue, 25-24.  If only the Hawks could have done the same…

Then the Huskers lost to the Mildcats (in Lincoln), in OT, 31-24.  3 more Nebraska turnovers did them in .  

But then in the last two weeks - a loss to the Golden Rodents, 54-21, and then last week, the loss to Penn State 56-44 - and that has the Huskers unable to reach the magic number of 6, also known as Bowl Eligible.

We no longer have Tommy Armstrong to throw the ball to the Hawkeyes, but we known the current QB, junior Lee, #13.  He is 224 for 387, with 21 tds, but 13 interceptions (alert!) , and he has been sacked 16 times.  

But at 6’4 220, he is not Armstrong like in running the ball.  He is way on the hole on rushing yards due to the sacks.

Now Lee had a concussion issue a couple weeks back, but he appears to good to go Friday.

The top running back is also a junior, Ozigbo, #22.  He has 126 carries for 480 yards, and 3 tds.  That Nebraska’s top back has only 480 entering the final game of the season tells you a lot about the decline of the Nebraska offense.

Assuming Lee has time, he does have some legit threats on the outside.  Junior Morgan Jr, #8, has 54 catches for 912 yards, and 8 tds, and and freshman Spielman, #10, has 55 catches for 830 yards, and 2 tds.  So there are weapons out there, but Jackson will likely take away one of them.

What do the stats tell us about a 4 win Husker team?

They commit an average of 12 penalties per game.  We will take your charity Nebraska.

They give up a lot of 1st downs (13th, 111th), and that could allow Wadley and co to chew up some long drives.  

And then all the interceptions - and they are throwing the ball to the #1 pass snatching team in the Big 10.

And while the Hawks have not had a stellar running game this season, the Huskers are only at 111.1 net, which is about 15 yards less than Iowa.

And the other stat that really stands out, the -4 turnover margin.  Hello Nebraska, the Iowa defense is en route.  

Can the Hawks remember how they demolished Ohio State?  And keep the same offensive balance, and attack downfield if the Huskers crowed the line?  Yes, I think they can.

It’s another trophy game, and the Hawks are still stinging after losing the Bull to Wisconsin.  They will get this one back.  And then in 2018, we will see what Scott Frost can do as the new coach of the Cornhuskers.

Hawkeyes 44, Cornhuskers 24



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