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A tale of two seasons. Similar results, but different pathways. The Iowa Hawkeye football squad finished the regular season with seven wins for the second year in a row. Last year Iowa couldn’t finish games in the fourth quarter. This year seemed to lack consistency. It seemed that when Iowa’s offense was on a roll and racking up points the defense couldn’t get off the field. Then you have games like at Minnesota and at Nebraska, where the defense played lights out and the offense couldn’t pick up a third down when life depended on it.

Iowa lost to in-state rival Iowa State in Ames 44-41 in overtime. The score explains the game story line very well. Iowa could score but couldn’t stop an Iowa State drive late in the game. Iowa State played great in the fourth quarter and especially in overtime, where they converted for multiple third and longs to score the game winning field goal in overtime. The very next week, Iowa finds them selves down at home to Pittsburgh 24-10 entering the fourth quarter. Iowa hasn’t had a good fourth quarter in a long time at this point so fans were very concerned. Surprisingly Iowa pulled off a 21 point fourth quarter performance and rallied to beat the Panthers 31-27. The lack of consistency this time, was good for the hawks. (more…)

Undrafted Big Ten Players Looking For NFL Homes

Posted: July 26, 2011 by Sayre Bedinger in Uncategorized

Here are some of the reported undrafted free agent signings from the Big Ten as they have been reported via Twitter.

ILLINOIS

Eddie McGee, WR/QB – Oakland Raiders

Clay Nurse, DL – New England Patriots

Randall Hunt, OL – St. Louis Rams

Travon Bellamy, DB – St. Louis Rams

Jarred Fayson, WR – New Orleans Saints

INDIANA

Ben Chappell – Washington Redskins

Terrance Turner – Philadelphia Eagles (more…)


With Nebraska joining the Big Ten, new rivalries will be instilled. One of those rivalries-Iowa and Nebraska- will be played for a trophy. Iowa and Nebraska will reunite their annual series on black friday the next two years.

Right now there are no details on what the trophy will be named. The two athletic directors, Gary Barta (Iowa) and Tom Osborne (Nebraska) will meet Friday in Chicago with reporters to reveal the details on the trophy. Right now its been reported that the only hint we have now is a “hero”.

It has been suggested that the name of this trophy could be named after Nile Kinnick. Kinnick won the Heisman at Iowa and is from Nebraska. I personally hope this game will be referred to as “Farmageddon”.


Rodney Coe's departure leaves the Hawkyes even thinner at RB than before

The Iowa Hawkeyes’ running back situation has seen bad news only get worse over the last year, as the likes of Brandon Wegher, Jewel Hampton, and Adam Robinson have all either quit, transferred, been dismissed from the team, or a combination of the three. Now, it appears as though highly touted recruit, four star running back Rodney Coe will be taking his talents to Iowa Western Community College where he will try to keep up his grades in order to get into Iowa’s program.

Coe is a 6’3″ 230 pound Army All-American who was arguably the top prize of the Iowa recruiting class, especially considering the depth Iowa has (or lack thereof) at the running back position. Now, Coe is out of the question for the Hawkeyes, who will need to find their running back depth elsewhere.

Right now, junior Jason White is listed behind Marcus Coker on the Iowa two-deep, and the Hawkeyes have some talented backs behind them on the roster, or theoretically on the roster so long as the rest of them check out academically. White is joined in the rotation by promising but injury prone De’Andre Johnson, a small, thick running back who missed all of last season recovering from a knee injury he sustained in high school.

Brad Rogers showed some pop in his step last year as a freshman, but he is battling health issues as well. It could be another year for young running backs, as the Hawkeyes coaching staff can possibly breathe a collective sigh of relief when incoming freshmen Mikail McCall, Jordan Canzeri, and Damon Bullock will join the team for practice.

This is an ugly situation for the Hawkeyes, and you can expect them to hit the running back pool for the class of 2012 pretty hard as the next few months progress.

B1G Links regarding the Spring Meetings in Chicago

Posted: May 19, 2011 by Austin Bramley in Uncategorized

As you may know the spring meetings in Chicago recently were wrapped up. While not a lot of questions were answered, new points and conversations were brought to the attention of the fans, analysis and Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany.

ESPN’s Big Ten blogger Adam Rittenberg and his colleague Brian Bennett were in Chicago for the meetings and have it coveredhere and here.

More analysis on this issue  from the Big Ten Nation staff will be coming soon.

Ohio State 2011 Schedule Analysis

Posted: May 12, 2011 by Austin Bramley in Uncategorized

How will Dan Herron and the rest of the "tattoo 5" responde in their game back at Nebraska

If you haven’t already seen the Ohio State Buckeye schedule yet, here it is…

Sept. 3: Akron

Sept. 10: Toledo

Sept. 17: at Miami

Sept. 24: Colorado

Oct. 1: Michigan State

Oct. 8: at Nebraska

Oct. 15: at Illinois

Oct.29: Wisconsin

Nov. 5: Indiana

Nov. 12: at Purdue

Nov. 19: Penn State (more…)


“It’s good to get out of here without any injuries,” Said Purdue head football coach Danny Hope. That’s one thing the Purdue football squad could not avoid. They suffered injuries to key positions all year-long including quarterback Robert Marve and stand out wide receiver Keith Smith.

To try an avoid that same situation Hope put some restrictions on this years spring game. Quarterbacks could not audible to a different play and defenses could not blitz.

The two quarterbacks who are battling for the starting spot this season for Purdue are Rob Henry, Robert Marve and Caleb TerBush. Both quarterbacks are great athletes and both quarterbacks threw for touchdown passes in Purdue’s spring game on April 9th. Henry, a lengthy quarterback at 6-2, has scrambling abilities with game experience as he replaced  Marve who tore his ACL last season. (more…)