October 4, 2018

The Eternal Season - Sedge's 2018 Hawkeye Football Game Notes - Week 6: Iowa @ Minnesota, Go Home Floyd

Sedge's Hawkeye Football Game Notes - 2018 Edition
Iowa’s Record: 3-1, 0-1 Big Ten, 0-1 B1G West 
Iowa’s Rankings:
AP: 34 votes
Coaches: 23 votes 
College Football Playoff:
*Times Eastern

September 1st, Northern Illinois, WIN 33-7
September 8th, Iowa State, WIN 13-3
September 15th, Northern Iowa, WIN 38-14
September 22nd, •Wisconsin, Loss 28-17
October 6th, @ •Minnesota, 3:30 pm, BTN
October 13th, @ Indiana, 12:00 pm, ABC, ESPN, ESPN2
October 20th, Maryland, 12:00 pm, TBD Homecoming
October 27th, @ Penn State, TBD
November 3rd, @ •Purdue, TBD
November 10th, •Northwestern, TBD
November 17th, @ •Illinois, TBD
November 23rd (Friday), •Nebraska, 12:00 pm, FOX

•Big Ten West Division Game

December 1st, 2018
2018 Big Ten Title Game
Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis  

Scouting next opponent
October 6th, Indiana @ Ohio State. 4:00 pm, FOX

*Wondering which BTN channel we are on? Click, enter, find.
 October 6th, Minnesota Golden Rodents,  3-1, 0-1 B1G 10, 0-0 B1G West
Previous Meetings: 112, Rodents lead 62-47-2
Last Meeting: 2017 Rodents 10 Hawkeyes 17

Kinnick Color of the Week: Road, wear Hawkeye colors

Current Line: Iowa -6

Stanley Passing TD Count (record 27) 5

Turnover Margin: -1,  B1G #9 FBS #84

Interceptions: 2, B1G #13, FBS #98

Hawkeye Stat Pack - 2018 season to date
Total   393.0 Pass 225.8  Rush 167.3  Scoring 25.3
B1G    #10           #7                #10              #11
FBS    #82       #72              #78              #94
Total   260.5  Pass 176.5 Rush 84.0     Scoring 13.0
B1G    #2             #5              #2                  #1
FBS    #3             #27            #4                  #5

Wisconsin   3-1, 1-0 B1G, 1-0 B1G West
Northwestern   1-3, 1-1 B1G, 1-0 B1G West
Purdue             2-3, 1-1 B1G, 1-1 B1G West
Minnesota     3-1, 0-1 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Illinois             2-2, 0-1 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Iowa                         3-1, 0-1 B1G, 0-1 B1G West
Nebraska             0-4, 0-2 B1G, 0-1 B1G West

WEEK 4: Badgers

Well, kind of glad the Hawks had the bye week to get over yet another heartbreak against the Badgers.  Yes, the conventional wisdoms says you want to get right back out there, but after the usual slug fest that game entails, probably best for a week of rest and recovery before the 8 week run into Turkey Weekend.

Yes the special teams were the obvious problem in this game, the two turnovers on punts, one giving the Badgers a TD, and one denying the Iowa offense the ball inside the Badger side of the 50.

But also the offense had two 1st and goals from inside the Badger 10 and got only 3 points out of them.

And then the defense was only able to get one sack, and not much pressure, and they finally wilted on the long Badger drive to the go ahead TD late in the 4th.

So, the coaches had a lot of coaching and teaching and tape reviewing over the last two weeks.  And while the Hawks do fairly hit the road this week, it’s to the town that used to house Kinnick North.  And tickets were not nearly sold out - so per usual, it will seem a quasi home game for the Hawks in the Twin Cities.  Go Home Floyd!

Week 6: Rodents

Like the Hawks, the Rodents started the non-con 3-0, lost the B1G opener (tho not in the same fashion), and then had their bye week last week.  So they too will be well rested.  At least until Iowa punches them in the mouth.

The Rodents opened against New Mexico State, and that was a rather easy 48-10 win.

Fresno State came into the Twin Cities the next week, and the Rodents had a bit more trouble in this one, holding on to win 21-14.

Then Miami of Ohio made the trip to the land of Fargo (i know, it’s not in MN), and this was another easy one for the Rodents, 26-3.  Rowing the boats they were.

But then, the Big 10, and the Rodents headed west to face Maryland.  Here the Rodents gave the Turtles 3 free passes (turnovers), and they allowed the Turtles 432 yards of offense (as the Rodents only got 263), and they were 0-1 Big 10 with a 42-13 loss (cross-division, of course).

Maryland did lose 35-14 to Temple.  Just saying. (at home).

So, who are these Rodents?  Due to injuries and graduation, not the team we have loved to beat of late.

The Rodents are now lead by a walk-on redshirt freshman QB, Annexstad, #5.  He is 6’3 and 215, so built pretty much like Stanley.

To date, 58 for 111 (52.3%), for 706 yards, with 5 tds, and 2 picks.  He is much in the hole in rushing yards, he is in there to sling it.

When it comes to running the ball, the Rodents have lost their top two tailbacks to season ending injuries.  Into that place, freshman Williams, #12.  He 6’1 and 200 lbs.  To date, 74 attempts for 283 yards, with 1 rushing TD.  He has just one catch on the year, but it went for 35 yards.

Wideouts is one area where the Rodents may have some strength.  First, junior Johnson, #6.  He at 6’2 and 200, a big threat on the outside.  To date, 22 catches for 295 and 5 TDs.

On the other side, a freshman, Bates, #13, who is also 6’2 and 200.  To date, 20 catches, for 192 and 1 TD.

Their leading tight end in receptions has just 1 catch, so this not like the Rodent offense of old.

The Rodents have been averaging 159.8 rushing yards to date, but they have not faced on defense anywhere close to Iowa’s.

So the game plans is going to be suffocate the Rodent rushing attack, so the D line can tee off on the young QB.  After the last game, I think the D is sufficiently pissed off, and sorry Rodents, with no game last week, you are next up to the slaughter.  

And while those wideouts could provide a threat on the outside, that assumes the Rodent QB has time to get the ball to them.  If the running game is taken away, well, the just over 50% of his passes being completed means there could be a few there for the taking.  I’m saying 3 picked off this week, part of 4 turnovers the Hawkeye defense forces.

The Hawks top the 500 yard mark on the back of our 3 headed rushing attack netting 225, with Nate handling the rest - including two passing TDs of over 50 yards, one to Fant, and one to Smith.

Sorry Rodents - you are what you are, and we are a Bird Of Prey.  Go Home Floyd!

Hawkeyes 38, Rodnets 17



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