2010 Eastern Illinois Preview

Wow, we are less than a month away.  The excitement is palpable.  The Academic issues are nil.  The offense is loaded.  The defense is talent laden.  This could be the year ladies and gentleman.  Don’t say it too loud.

September 4thEastern Illinois

Here is what the Iowa Hawk Blog knows about Eastern Illinois.  They represent a juggernaut league known as the Ohio Valley Conference.  The Panthers (Yikes) are picked to finish second in that vaunted league.  There are some parallels here because they also take our sloppy seconds as former Hawkeye QB Jake Christensen finished out his ground-pounding, air assault in a Panther uniform. 

Expect to see Coach Ferentz’s super vanilla approach to the game.  We have come to expect this as Hawkeye Fans. Both Adam Robinson and Brandon Wegher will be in the 150 yard range.  Both Marvin McNutt and DJK will break away for touchdowns and the defense will probably get one or two also.  I see it as 42-3 type of game, in spite of our best efforts to keep the score down.  Some will say, remember the UNI Panthers.  I believe this installment of the Iowa Hawkeyes will.  We will see a focused and physical effort in our first game.  If that is not going out on a limb with the recent history of this program, I don’t know what is.  One thing about being an Iowa fan, you can never overlook anything.  All things being equal, I am a little afraid of what the Eastern Illinois coach may throw at us:

Chapter 9 – Iowa Persuades Voters with a Blowout of Indiana

What an amazing year! That was easily the most exciting game we have played against Michigan State since the famous 4th down “Statue of Liberty” bootleg by the legendary Chuck Long.  Thank you Ricky and Marvin.  I can’t watch that final play enough. 

 

One thing that the national pundits don’t acknowledge it that Iowa can gain some serious ground on Texas by garnering more votes in the Harris and the Coaches polls.  If we can come out and dominate Indiana and put up a convincing score, the poll voters that don’t believe will start to move us up. 

 

The reason I believe this will happen is that while the injuries that we sustained in the MSU game are costly, it will help provide continuity to our offense.  With the loss of Colin Sandeman, the Hawkeyes will now have our 3 most dominant receivers on the field most of the time.  DJK, Marvin McNutt and Tony Moeaki are Ricky’s favorite targets. They will all have to be accounted for on every passing play. Trey Stross is no slouch either.

 

With the loss of Dace Richardson, Coach Ferentz will not be able to shuffle the line during the game and this will lead to more continuity in the running game.  True Freshman Brandon Wegher will reap the rewards of this and will finally have his first chance to get “lathered up” since the Iowa State game.  The Iowa Hawk Blog looks for him to be in the 150 yard range with 2 touchdowns.

 

Indiana’s offense is explosive but our defense, well what can I say?  We don’t need to talk stats this week.  I see this game ending in a blowout Iowa 38 Indiana 13.  Captain Kirk wins with sexy “style points”.

 

As an added bonus for the gambling crowd, the five star lock of the week is MSU -3.5 @ Minnesota.  The Golden Gophers are in for another beating.

Sparty Don’t Pinch

Yes, we are back by popular demand.  The Squawker and I have been a little busy and maybe a little lazy but we are back.  I would like to thank the hundreds of you that have emailed us your support and you are welcome for those picks last bowl season.  The Squawker and I put in a nice little parlay that bought daddy a little Panasonic Plasma number.  But I digress.

Our Hawkeyes are teetering on top of the world of college football.  I feel like I am dreaming.  Can it really be true? After the years of suffering (2005 -2007) the Iowa Hawkeyes are officially back.  Iowa has the second longest winning streak in the nation at 11 straight.  Iowa is ranked #6 in the BCS just a hair behind Cincinnati and the Boise State juggernaut.  Iowa will surely pass these two teams due to strength of schedule and they will garner more respect from the voters as the Hawkeyes continue to win. Then all Iowa needs is a Texas loss and we are in the big show against the mighty SEC.

Ahh, the wild musings of a Hawkeye fan.  I realize Iowa has a lot of winning to do but rest assured, it will continue this week as the Iowa Hawkeyes travel to East Lansing to meet the under achieving (what a surprise) Michigan State Spartans.  The Iowa Hawkeyes are favored by a point.  The chatter coming out of Sparta is just like every other team we have played.  You hear things like, “Iowa is not an elite team” or “The Hawkeye defense is just not that good, Cousins will shred them”.  I really like Cousin’s as a QB but he is going up against one of the best secondaries in the nation.  Michigan State will struggle to run and will be forced to throw.  That is when Iowa’s defensive line starts putting the hurt on Cousins and forcing bad decisions. 

On the other side, Michigan State’s weakness appears to be their secondary and that plays right into Iowa’s strength, the opportunistic passing game.  Sparty has given up 1651 passing yards in 7 contests and has yielded only 4 picks.  To put that in perspective, Iowa leads the nation with 15 ints and lowly Illinois has 3 picks.

I refuse to wake up from this wonderful dream. The Hawkeye dream of a National Championship will not die this weekend.  Iowa has not blown anyone out since they visited Ames.  Look for the Hawkeyes to pick up a few of those style points that Captain Kirk says they are not trying for. 

To quote Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore, “Sparty Don’t Pinch”.