August 30, 2019

The Eternal Season - Sedge's 2019 Hawkeye Football Game Notes, Week 1: Miami (Ohio) @ Iowa

Sedge's Hawkeye Football Game Notes - 2019 Edition
Iowa’s Record: 0-0, 0-0 Big Ten, 0-0 B1G West 
Iowa’s Rankings:
AP: votes #20 330 points
Coaches:  #19 343 votes
College Football Playoff:
*Times Eastern

August 31st, Miami (Ohio) @ Iowa, 7:40 pm, FS1
September 7th, Rutgers @ Iowa, 12:00 pm, FS1
September 14th, Iowa @ Iowa State, 4:00 pm, FS1
September 21st, Bye Week #1
September 28th, Middle Tennessee State @ Iowa, TBD
October 5th, Iowa @ Michigan, 12:00 pm, TBD
October 12th, Penn State @ Iowa, TBD
October 19th, •Purdue @ Iowa, 12:00 pm, TBD
October 26th, Iowa @ •Northwestern, 12:00 pm, TBD
November 2nd, Bye Week #2
November 9th, Iowa @ •Wisconsin, TBD
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
UMass @ Rutgers, 7:15 pm on Friday August 30th, BTN

*Wondering which BTN channel we are on? Click, enter, find.
 August 31st Miami (Ohio) RedHawks, 0-0, 0-0 MAC East @ Iowa Hawkeyes, 0-0, 0-0 B1G West 
Previous Meetings: 4, Iowa leads 4-0
Last Meeting: 2016 RedHawks 21 Hawkeyes 45

Kinnick Color of the Week: Black and Gold

Current Line: Iowa -21.5

Stanley Passing TD Count  , (season record 27) 
Stanley Career Passing TD Count (record 70 Chuck Long), 
Stanley career to date 52

Turnover Margin: +,  B1G # FBS #

Interceptions:   B1G #, FBS #

Hawkeye Stat Pack - 2018 season total
Total   389.7 Pass 227.7  Rush 162.0  Scoring 31.5
B1G    #9            #6                #9                 #5
FBS    #76          #67              #77               #46
Total   289.6  Pass 186.8 Rush 102.8     Scoring 17.4
B1G    #2             #4              #2                  #1
FBS    #7             #24            #7                  #11
2019 Season Overview

Week 1: Miami (Ohio), Kinnick Stadium, 7:30 pm, FS1.  2018 6-6 overall, 6-2 conference (MAC East).
Returning starters: 12

Week 2: Rutgers, Kinnick Stadium, 12:00 pm, FS1.  2018 1-11 overall, 0-9 conference (B1G East). Returning starters: 15

Week 3: Iowa State, Cyclone Stadium, 4:00 pm, FS1.  2018 8-5 overall, 6-3 conference (Big 12). Lost Alamo Bowl to Washington State.  Returning starters: 15

Week 4: Bye Week

Week 5: Middle Tennessee State, Kinnick Stadium, Time TBD, ESPN/2/U.  2018 8-6 overall, 7-1 (Conference USA East). Lost New Orleans Bowl to App State.  Returning starters: 10

Week 6: Michigan, The Big House, 12:00 pm, TV TBD. 2018 10-3 overall, 8-1 (B1G East).  Lost Peach Bowl to Florida.  Returning starters: 15

Week 7: Penn State, Kinnick Stadium.  Time and TV TBD. 2018 9-4 overall, 6-3 (B1G East). Lost Citrus Bowl to Kentucky.  Returning starters: 11

Week 8: Purdue (Our Rival), Kinnick Stadium, 12:00 pm, TV TBD.  2018 6-7 overall, 4-5 (B1G West). Lost Music City bowl to Auburn.  Returning starters: 13

Week 9: Northwestern, Ryan Field, 12:00 pm, TV TBD.  2018  9-5 overall, 8-1 (B1G West).  Lost B1G title game to OSU, won Holiday Bowl over Utah.  Returning starters: 13

Week 10: Bye Week #2

Week 11: Wisconsin,  Camp Randall, Time and TV TBD.  2018 8-5 overall, 5-4 (B1G West).  Won Pinstripe Bowl over Miami (FL).  Returning starters, 14

Week 12: Minnesota, Kinnick Stadium, Time and TV TBD.  2018 7-6 overall, 3-6 (B1G West).  Won Quick Lane Bowl over Georgia Tech.  Returning starters: 15

Week 13: Illinois, Kinnick Stadium, Time and TV TBD.  2018 4-8 overall, 2-7 (B1G West). Returning starters: 16

Week 14: Nebraska, Memorial Stadium, Time and TV TBD.  2018 4-8 overall, 3-6 (B1G West).  Returning starters: 12

As the Hawks look to build off the momentum of beating an SEC team in the Outback Bowl, there are some eerily parallels to a decade ago.  That 2008 Iowa team lost 4 gams - by a combined 12 points, then stomped South Carolina in the Outback Bowl.  In 2009 with a senior QB Stanzi leading the team, the Hawks reached a record of 9-0 and #4 ranking in the country, before the blown call and two game injury to Stanzi derailed Iowa’s likely unbeaten run.  Last year Iowa lost 4 games by a combined 23 points (with 7 of those coming on a last minute score by the Badgers after the game was already decided).  So with another senior QB, can Iowa go on a run at another undefeated season?

As driver of the Hawkeye bandwagon, I think many are making too much of the Iowa road schedule.  For Nate and every other player that has played 3 years, they have all been in these road stadiums.  We play the Big Ten West teams every other year on the road.  One of those road games is in Ames, where Hawks have had their way of late.  One of them is in Chicago, which is almost a home game for the Hawks every time they play there.  And when you have a senior 3 year starter at QB, he is not likely to be fazed by being on the road.  Sure we lost two tight ends to the first round of the NFL draft (oh, and Kittle set the NFL record for receiving yards by a tight end last year) so we are now the undisputed Tight End U.  In the kids day game of just a day ago (as I write this), Nate seemed to have found a rhythm with the next standout tight ends that Iowa reloads year after year.   

Oh yeah, and when we go on the road, our defense goes there too.

The Iowa defense that lead the Big Ten in points allowed last year (and was 11th in the nation), looks to take another step forward into lethal in 2019.  Consider, now a junior, Epenesa the Younger now starts for the first time - a first team all Big Ten back up in 2018.  He will look to eclipse the Iowa single season sack record of 18 set by the great Leroy Smith back in 1991.  There is a question about how dangerous he can be on those obvious passing 3rd downs when he has played the 1st and 2nd downs all game.  But he is a once in a generation talent on the Iowa D line.  I would not bet against him.
In other news, it is official now, Iowa is no longer running the 4-3 defense.  Its now the 4-2-5.  In other words, a base nickel defense, due to the current era of more wide open passing offense.  That said, when playing other Pro Style teams (hello Badgers), we may put that 3rd linebacker back in there.  

But keep in mind that the Hawks running the 4-3-4 have frequently been near the top of NCAA team interceptions over the past several years. Now with one more defense back in there, and a D line that will be wreaking havoc (not just Eppy), well, there may be quite a few balls that will find their way into Hawkeye defenders hands.  That is, unless Eppy gets his near perfectly timed sack-fumble on a few 3rd downs every game. Which is just as good as a pick.

Those good Hawkeye teams of yore always had good special teams.  After an up and down year in punting, it looks like the Hawks have a new one who may bring back special feelings for Hawk fans.  And based on the Kids day kicking display, it looks to be a camp battle to see who will emerge as Iowa’s kicker.  And we do return the Big 10 leading kickoff returner as well.  So let's see a few of those brought back to the house boys.  Special teams TDs on the road can shut up the opposing fan base in a hurry.   

WEEK 1: RedHawks

The RedHawks had a good 2018, going 6-2 in conference, and they enter the year looking to make another run at a conference title.  But they lose their multi year starter QB, tailback, and best defender from the 2018 team.  Oh yeah, and they also now have Manny Rugamba eligible after sitting out last year after his transfer from Iowa.  

Miami (Ohio) also faces Cincinnati (11 wins last year) and Ohio State in the non con.  Good luck RedHawks!

In other news, this 7:30 eastern opening game is the first time in program history that the Hawkeyes will take the field under the Kinnick Stadium lights to begin a new campaign.  And a now complete Kinnick with the new end zone, which will help to keep the sound inside the stadium.  Making a loud stadium even better. 

Let’s take a look at the just recently released Hawkeye depth chart so see who will taking the field in Kinnick next Saturday night.

We start with the offense, and that begins with the big fellas up front.  From the right to the left:
Wirfs, #74, junior, 6’5 322 lbs
Paulson, Levi, #66 senior, 6’5 305 lbs
Linderbaum, #65, redshirt freshman, 6’3 286 lbs
Paulson, Landan, #68, senior, 6’5 305 lbs
Jackson, #77, junior, 6’6 320 lbs,

Wirfs and Jackson are known stars, but at center and guard we have new players.  The Paulson twins as seniors finally move to the top of the depth chart, and the young center has been working with Nate since the spring time.  Oh, and we are Iowa.  We will have a good O line.  

Who will be the next as we reload our tight ends?
Weiting, #39, senior, 6’4 250 lbs
Cook, #18, senior, 6’5 252 lbs

Since Kirk has been head man, any senior tight end that has started for him has made a
 NFL roster.

Stanley of course at QB, now a senior, but the redshift freshman Petras, #7, has taken over the backup role from Mansell #2 a sophomore.  

Besides the tight end targets Iowa looks poised to have their best outside receiver crew in quite some time.

On the outside, junior ISM, #6 and in the slot Ragaini #89, a redshirt freshman.

On the other side, Smith, #12, now a junior, and looking to take a big step forward, and then another redshirt freshman Tracy Jr, #3.  

At tailback, all 3 juniors are back, but Sargent #10 and Young #28 seem to have taken the lead over IKM.  Both IKM and ISM are scheduled to bring back kickoffs, ISM is at least slated to also handle punts returns as of now.  

And let's not forget our fullbacks, who will lead the resurgent Iowa rushing attack into the hole.  
Ross, #40 a senior, and Pallissard, #40, a redshirt freshman, will fill the role as the season begins.  How about some passes to the fullback out in the flat when we are in the red zone?  Reward them for their hard work on the rest of the field.  

 For punting, a new, senior, graduate transfer (from Arizona State) who grew up playing Australian rules football, Sleep-Dalton, #22. Oh, and he can punt with either his left or right foot.  A new weapon!   We also still have senior Rastetter, #7 back there.  Hoping that the punting will be much better in 2019.

Onto the defense.  We start with the strength, the D line.

From the left:
Golston, #57, a junior, 6’5 270 lbs.
Lattimore, #95,  a senior, 6’3 295 lbs
Reiff, #91, a senior, at 6’3 277 lbs and
Epenesa the Younger, #94, 6’6 and now up to 280.  

Then backing those starters up Waggoner #92 a redshirt freshman, Nixon, #54, a sophomore, Shannon #95 another redshirt freshman, Jones #52 a senior.  The D line is deep and talented.  And nasty.

Linebackers, of course we are now doing the 4-2-5, (at least when not playing pro style teams) so it’s Welch #34 a senior, and Colbert #32 a sophomore (or Neimann the Younger #49 the junior).

Then we have the new Cash position, which is the hybrid safety linebacker position, that is Wade #35 a junior, and a redshirt freshman who has really impressed in spring ball and fall camp, Johnson, #12.

Then in the secondary, the left corner, #11 Ojemudia, a senior (backed up by the same Johnson #12)
and the other corner is Hankins #8 a junior, backed up by Moss #33 a sophomore.  (Brents, who showed great promise as a freshman last year, is hurt, but should be back soon).

Then Stone #9 at strong safety, a junior, and  Merriweather #26, a sophomore, at free safety.  

The Hawks plow their way to 235 ground yards, as Nate has an efficient 18 for 23 for 256 and 3 TDs.  Without giving any new offensive wrinkles (save those for week 3), the Hawks just wear down the RedHawks.  Meanwhile the Iowa defense forces 4 turnovers and holds the RedHawks to just 110 net yards.  RedHawks 10 Hawkeyes 49.

Breaking news yesterday, Oliver Martin, the 4 star wideout who transferred from Michigan, is eligible to play in 2019!  

Go Hawks!!!