November 7, 2019

The Eternal Season - Sedge's 2019 Iowa Football Game Notes - Week 11: Hawks @ Badgers

Sedge's Hawkeye Football Game Notes - 2019 Edition
Iowa’s Record: 6-2, 3-2 Big Ten, 2-0 B1G West 
Iowa’s Rankings:
AP: votes #18, 491 points
Coaches:  #18, 527 points
College Football Playoff: #18
*Times Eastern

August 31st, Miami (Ohio) @ Iowa, WIN 38-14
September 7th, Rutgers @ Iowa, WIN 30-0
September 14th, Iowa @ Iowa State, WIN 18-17
September 21st, Bye Week #1
September 28th, Middle Tennessee State @ Iowa, WIN 48-3
October 5th, Iowa @ Michigan, Loss 10-3
October 12th, Penn State @ Iowa, Loss 17-12
October 19th, •Purdue @ Iowa, WIN 26-20
October 26th, Iowa @ •Northwestern, WIN 20-0
November 2nd, Bye Week #2
November 9th, Iowa @ •Wisconsin, 4:05 pm, FOX
November 16th, •Minnesota @ Iowa, TBD
November 23rd, •Illinois @ Iowa, TBD
November 29th (Friday), Iowa @ •Nebraska 2:30 pm, BTN

•Ten West Division Game

Scouting next opponent
Nittany Lions at Golden Rodents, 12:00 pm,  ABC

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 November 9th, #18 Iowa Hawkeyes 6-2, 3-2 Big Ten, 2-0 B1G West @ #16 Wisconsin Badgers, 6-2, 3-2 Big 10, 1-1 B1G West

Previous Meetings: 92, Badgers lead 47-43-2
Last Meeting: 2018 Badgers 28 Hawkeyes 17 (3 game losing streak)

Kinnick Color of the Week: Road game.  Wear Hawkeye colors

Current Line: Iowa +7.5

Stanley Passing TD Count  10, (season record 27) 
Stanley Career Passing TD Count (record 74 Chuck Long), 
Stanley career to date 62

Turnover Margin: +2,  B1G #6 FBS #48

Interceptions:  6 B1G #6, FBS #37

Hawkeye Stat Pack - 2019 through week 9
Total   392.6 Pass 256.9  Rush 145.8  Scoring 24.4
B1G    #9             #4              #9                 #10
FBS    #73     #50            #88               #96
Total   265.9  Pass 178.1 Rush 87.8     Scoring 10.0
B1G    #3             #5              #3                  #3
FBS    #6             #12            #7                  #3

Minnesota     8-0, 5-0 B1G, 3-0 B1G West #13 AP
Iowa                         6-2, 3-2 B1G, 2-0 B1G West #18 AP
Wisconsin   6-2, 3-2 B1G, 1-1 B1G West #16 AP
Nebraska             4-5, 2-4 B1G, 2-2 B1G West
Illinois              5-4, 3-3 B1G, 2-2 B1G West
Purdue              3-6, 2-4 B1G, 1-3 B1G West
Northwestern   1-7, 0-5 B1G, 0-2 B1G West

Week 9: Mildcats

Thanks Kitties!  Hawkeye defense now with 2 Big Ten shutouts (and counting).  Sure, we would have liked something like 48-0, but with the Iowa defense giving nothing to the Cats, we did not really need to run up the score.    Oh, and last week, they feel to Indiana 34-3.  Meow indeed.

So the Hawkeyes were able to move to 2-0 division with a low stress game, then slide into the bye week and watch the chaos unfold from the comfort of their clubhouse.  Including the Huskers falling again, this time to Purdue.  Ouch.  Ha!  

And gameplan.   The Badgers looked unbeatable for the first half.  Then they let Illinois rally and Ohio State smash them.  Hence two Big 10 losses.  And here come the Hawkeyes.  Bringing the defense.  

WEEK 11: Badgers

The Badgers began the season running to 6-0 and having very little trouble doing it.   They started with USF, a 49-0 Badger win.  Then Central Michigan, and 61-0 this time.  

They then hosted then #11 Michigan, and the Badgers won that 35-14.  A week later, it was a bit more of a struggle against the Mildcats, winning 24-15.  They then finished up the non-con slate with a visit from Kent State, which the Badgers won 48-0.

Then hosting MSU, most figured this to be a dog fight, but Sparty had no offensive answer, as the Badgers rolled to 38-0.

With the Badgers now ranked 6th and dreaming of postseason glory, they took the road trip south to Champaign Urbana - one of those border rival games.  The Badgers would score first and lead 7-0 after 1.  They would soon go up 10-0 but then the Illini got a 48 yard TD pass to cut the lead to 10-7.  The Badgers would add one more field goal before halftime, to lead 13-7 at the break.   

The teams traded TDs in the 3rd, with the score then standing at 20-14.

The Badgers would push the lead to 23-14 at the 9:46 mark of the 4th, but then things got very interesting.

All everything tailback Taylor would fumble at the Illini 25, and Illinois would take that possession back to make the score 23-21.  

Then with just over 2.5 minutes left and the Badgers facing a 3rd and 5, the pass sailed long and into the hands of an Illini defender.  Illinois was then able to move the ball into filed goal range and kill the clock.  On came their kicker, and as the clock hit 0, his 39 yard field goal went right down the middle, and the Illini had stunned the Badgers 24-23.  

The Badgers had held the ball for 40:49, but two lost fumbles, and the interception on their final drive, were the deciding factors.  

Now down to 13th in the polls, they traveled to Columbus to face #3 Ohio State.

The Buckeyes would win the turnover battle 2-0, and their defense held Taylor to 50 net yards (on 20 carries) as OSU cruised to a 38-7 win.  The Badgers had lost two straight, one division, one crossover, and then into the bye week to think about what could have been.  Meanwhile the Hawks have won two straight, breaking losing streaks in both games, and out of our bye week, here is a chance and one more.  

For the Badgers, we will start with Taylor.  To date, 177 carries, for 1,009  yards (5.7 per), with 15 rushing TDs.  Also 17 catches for 143 yards, and 4 TDs.  All Taylor has done since becoming the starter in 2017 is pass 5,000 net rushing yards.  Of note, that 5.7 per is his lowest so far in his Badger career.  

At QB for the Badgers, Coan, #17, a junior.  To date, 1,491 passing yards (Nate still leads the Big 10 in passing yards)  with 10 TDs, and 2 interceptions.  1 each in the last two games.  Perhaps a trend.  

Then the Badgers have some good wideouts, and also some good pass catching tight ends.  If Taylor has success on the ground, they can be trouble.  

But, if the Iowa defense can hold him well below his average, and make the QB beat us, that will play into the Iowa Ds hands.  To some degree that is what has happened in the last two games for the Badgers, and they lost both of them.  

You may have seen that the Hawks are the only team in the nation to not allow a 20 yard rush against.  If we can keep that up for this week, I like our chances.  

Yes I know the Badgers are pissed at the two game losing streak, but they had a bye week to get in the way of getting over it.  Hawks on the other hand cruised into the bye week, breaking two losing streaks, and able to watch a lot of film to see how to attack the Badgers.

That would be mainly the offense, I would expect to see some new wrinkles in the game plan this week - perhaps even ‘trick’ plays.  Points may be at a premium.  

The defense really just needs to keep it going.  Probably more 4-3 to start this week to slow down the running game, maybe back to the 4-2-5 if we get a lead and force the Badgers to throw.  To date, the defense has given the Hawks a chance to win every game.  That we did not in those losses was not on them.  

And so it shall be Saturday.  Often for super heated rivalry games like this, it’s good to go on the road.  No distractions that can crop up for college age boys when at home.  And yeah, the Hawks are pissed that they have not been able to beat the Badgers since 2015.

It ends Saturday.  Hawks hold Taylor to 60 net, and force 3 turnovers, and the D scores 1 TD.  Hawkeyes 23 Badgers 16. 

Go Hawks!!!

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