Shouldn't be favored and I want them pissed off that they're not.
FWIW. Michigan doesn't seem inclined to get re-involved.
Shouldn't be favored and I want them pissed off that they're not.
The level of offensive impotence on this team is absolutely staggering. Other than that first drive, NU defense (just like just about everybody else) completely shut down our offense. It was so painful watching the offensive effort. We could not convert a 3rd down to save our life, Gardner was eating dirt, per usual, overthrowing/underthrowing receivers while on the run as he was getting blitzed, etc. etc.
They play conservative and slow but they are big strong dudes. The Nfl loves their guys having drafted an insane number of them last year when they were 2fer.
I still have a bad taste from those 4 downs inside the 10 where we couldn't score as time expired on our last trip to Kinnick. I think a short field aids a slow team as there's less acreage to cover. As the temps get colder throws get harder and so this might favor Weisman. I like what I see from Green tho....he's dragging guys with him if he gets past the OL.
Lets go with Chesson fly long anytime we get 2nd and short. And a fake punt or FG to maintain our aggressive nature.
Do Hayden fry's pink visitor locker rooms still persist?
The pink lockerroms still remain.
Naturally, a year or two ago a feminist group(?) of some sort got ahold of that (after how many damn years) and was pressuring them to re-paint it a different color claiming it's offensive to some made-up demographic of people.
Send them to Afghanistan four times. That would be worse.
someone using the "I'll give them something to complain about" retort can't figure out the save button (four times, no less).
As hardy as a double post...
Man, the play calling was definitely better against Northwestern, but still not nearly where we need to be. The three-step routes were, from what I recall, a lot of 10 yard curls and 5 yard outs and with Gardner not having enough time to move away from his first read, those are very dangerous as evidenced by the numerous almost-interceptions. If we don't at least threaten the bubble a couple times like against Northwestern, I don't see that inside zone play getting anything against this Iowa defense.
But then again, if the OL as a whole improves their execution some more, I think we'll see Gardner get comfortable again regardless of the play calling. Add on Gallon catching the damn ball and we'll generate SOME offense... enough to win.
Is more like ND's with a tough front 7 but a secondary that can be had. If weather and play calling help we will exploit that secondary or at least have chances. Our defense has and will give us a chance.
Iowa is a bad matchup for UM as they are very physical. Any physical team unfortunately is a bad matchup for the current UM team. Northwestern is more about finesse as is PSU so I felt more confidence about the NW game than this. But even the NW game the offense was pretty turrible to watch, esp on 3rd down. Yes some decent holes on offense - first since Indiana but I am feeling this is fool's gold. Iowa defense has a very stout front 7 against run with very good LBs but can be exploited in the secondary, but our current dysfunction will probably not allow much of that. Nothing exciting on their offense, a relatively weak armed QB and a ho hum rushing team - OL is ok. Like someone else said this has 16-6 or 16-10 written all over it. A lot of bending by Mattison and somewhere Iowa will get that one, 11 play 70 yard drive that will have everyone saying "the defense did well except that 1 drive we needed".
Iowa gives up 90 yds a game less than NW and gains essentially the same. Also tougher crowd. I don't like the match up.
No over/under yet. One betting service initially pegged the line at 3 1/2, but quickly switched to 6.
That first line was posted before the comeback Saturday night when they assumed we would lose and fire Borges immediately.
It's the same as the spread,
Brady Hoke coaching on the road against a decent Big Ten team? Line seems low to me. I would think 12 points would be more accurate.
This is a game we can win. But the right play calling will have to do. So I guess it doesn't look good for us!
They should be favored. Michigan never seems to play well at Iowa. Stupid pink locker room. The D will probably do okay at first but will be gassed by the fourth quarter because they will have been on the field too long. I really want to see Green and Smith play. I know the O-line is bad but Fitz has just looked lost out there.
The team ought to wear pink shoes and have a gritty breast cancer survivor/Michigan fan come in and speak to them.
Hopefully the team decides to party with vodka samm the night before and can blow 4 times the legal limit at kickoff. I like our odds then.
TO's may determine who wins the game!
IF we stick with the two bigger backs and fitz stays on the sidelines. Green showed that he is no worse than fitz picking up blitzes and both bigger backs showed that when you don't dance and you fall forward you can go for 4-5 yds per carry. Yes Iowa has a much better defense but I don't see Fitz grinding out the yards green and smith got Sat
+ 6.5 points.
This sounds about right, Iowa will be probably the second best defense we have faced all season (behind MSU) and we managed all of 6 points in that game. Additionally, games against Northwestern and Nebraska (two middling B1G, and the B1G is terrible) defenses yielded 9 points (in regulation) and 13 points, respectively.
I have no idea who or what to blame, all I know is our offense looks like crap. Expect something like 13-9.
I don't like our chances. Iowa isn't going to drop four gift-wrapped interceptions and they've got a stronger front-7 to contain our glimmer of a running game we had with Green at RB.
As an aside, what did Northwestern do in a past-life to deserve the kind of heartbreaking losses they've had lately? Nebraska two weeks ago, us this week, us the year before.
Michigan will beat Iowa, but it's highly unlikely they cover the spread against Ohio. If OSU goes undefeated and doesn't get a chance to play for a national title I will laugh my butt off. However, if I was a Buckeye I would be pissed that the rest of the conference is so bad. Wisconsin is probably the second best team and they can't even beat an average ASU team. MSU is the third best team and they can't beat an average ND. The B10 is pathetic. OSU would probably leave the conference in football if it were not for the new playoff in 2014. They are being screwed by their own conference because everyone else is average at best.
Actually saying Wisconsin can't beat ASU is a bit off. But for an incompetent bunch of refs, they would have had plenty of time to set up what would have been a game-winning field goal (assuming the kick was good).
Purdue was the first game against a real competitor when Iowa accelerated in the second half.
However, Phil Parker is probably a better DC than Norm Parker in his later years. Iowa is 11th in the country in overall D, has given up four rushing TDs all year. Jordan Lynch ran for 56. MSU had to throw to win, and the game turned into Cook's coming out party. The DLine has vastly outperformed expectations; I would predict some NFL looks for two of them, Ott (S) and Davis (atypically large for Iowa at 6'5, 315; J) both underclassmen. All three linebackers will be in an NFL camp.
The offense still lacks an identity1.9 seasons into Greg Davis' tenure: very weird. The wideouts cannot separate. The best vision and cutting in the zone scheme is offered by a the smallest back who has been third string all year; he is 25-223 in the last two games. Weisman appears to be hurt and his productivity has plummeted since MSU. The O pluses are the O-Line as unit, five tightends, at least three of whom will play in the NFL, a QB who is maturing rapidly and has brains (pre-med; wants to be a pediatric cardiologist), and a LT who will probably come out early and is extremely athletic (played QB, small forward, pitcher and tennis) in high school. There is a JC transfer who can stretch and runs a 4.3x, but he doesn't get the ball much at all, and though he averaged 30 yards a catch last year it was a lot of tunnel screen stuff that the staff thinks will get him killed in this league (he's about 165).
Iowa's lost a lot of games, but their opponents cumulative record is 37-4. Vrabel said Iowa "kicked our asses" in the first half against OSU. Iowa had the ball, a first down, and was down by five with seven minutes against Wiscy. Second half adjustments until Purdue: Iowa's staff have been outcoached, I think, most of the year. The apocalyptic special teams lapses continue, though Ferentz brought in a new guy from Vikings to coach that unit.
I would suggest this will be a close game and UM needs to exploit its matchups wide against safeties who are a step slow and a true frosh at corner. Probably put Lowery (senior CB) on his own for much of the game. Iowa made Cook throw to beat them, and he did. That would seem to be the charge for UM and Gardner.
So Iowa moved up over its bye weekend.
9th overall D, 10th pass D, 12th scoring D, and 25th rush D.
In the past when Iowa had these numbers on defense it went to a major bowl and lost maybe 2 games. However, the offense stutters, and during the good years special teams were a net positive.
We may be in the negative in rushing again. Iowa's front 7 will strike fear in the hearts of our o-line.
Iowa plays us tough almost every year. We will need some semblance of balance. If we can get 150 yards rushing, between Gardner and our backs, I like our chances. Have to win the turnover battle.
We suck, again!!!