I suspect we're all way ahead of you with the 'root against Nebraska' thing. Man, that is a lot of potential points for a team with only 1 wrestler in a final.
I suspected the Kreiner would step up if needed but I wasn't so sure about Evelyn and Pemsl. The way those three have upper their games when they were needed the most is impressive and really pulled us through these last few games where Fredrick was injured and Wieskamp hasn't been shooting as well. We easily could have went 1-3 during that stretch and pulled through at 3-1 instead.
That game was awesome streaming on my computer, I can't imagine how amazing it would have been in person! I watched the second half with my 6 year old who has a good friend from Ireland and he just couldn't fathom how Japan could beat Ireland. Going to any of the games Japan played in would have been money well spent.
My initial reaction was, "This is a terrible idea, nobody will be able to see anything." After thinking about it a bit I still feel the same way. I think it would be awesome with general admission type seating and the mats in the same pattern but moved outward to be much closer to the stands. Then people could move back and forth to get closer to the mats that they want to see and actually see something and if you want a break or just want to soak in the atmosphere you can have a seat a bit higher up and watch the mat closest to you and the screens.
I really didn't expect Evelyn and Pemsl to step it up as much as they have. Their combined stat line in this game is amazing. 48 minutes 24 points 8 rebounds 6 assists 2 steals 1 block 2 turnovers. This team just keeps pulling rabbits out of hats.
So happy to see this come out a win. If Wieskamp can chip in some more points and everyone else holds steady we can at least compete in the next few games until Fredrick gets back.
Yikes. The last 6 games would all be tough to win without Fredrick.
Another stat to show how well Purdue shot is that Garza had 1 rebound, and that was an offensive rebound!
Just curious, how would you rate Stanley’s chances of a productive NFL career relative to Stanzi or Beathard? I would have given Beathard a better chance and Stanzi at least as good or probably a better chance after watching them. Stanley definitely has the arm if he can find the consistency but isn’t particularly mobile or shifty and NFL guys are really fast.
I am still shocked that Woolridge did not catch on with an NBA team. Such a great one on one player and lead the league in assists too!
That is indeed a more complicated (ie less simplified) way of saying that our scheme demands excellent offensive line play and experienced/talented running backs to succeed. Unfortunately, the coaching staff only gets these guys for a few years each, huge guys running into each other causes a lot of injuries, and they all have to go to class rather than focus 100% on football, so success is not easy to achieve with this scheme. That's not to say it needs to be burned down and something new instituted, but there may be small changes that the coaches can make to improve it.
"Would it be easier if they adopted a running scheme that was more in line with this era of football? Yeah, probably. But when has an Iowa offense ever been easy?"
It looks like in our quest for a mediocre offense the running game scheme remains the key. The passing stats for this year are mediocre and we have our best receivers since Davis/Kennedy destroyed our receiver recruiting, an intriguing QB, and one pass catching TE plus a stable of TE recruits coming back. The running stats are still just bad despite 3 RBs getting experience in 2018 and adding Goodson. We have a scheme that demands excellent offensive line play and RBs as good as Daniels and Wadley just to be average.
I was going to say one passing, one running, one receiving, but that seemed like a little much to ask for so I just went for two of any kind.
I’d like to see Duncan win the Groza with 15 long field goals out of 15 attempts, 1 zillion extra points, and 2 fake field goal TDs.
You're exactly right. I think 2018 was a bigger missed opportunity that 2019. We will rarely have a schedule that lines up so well to win the West and we lost to the worst Wisconsin team of the decade, jNW, and Purdue (and a beatable but talented PSU team on the road). This year's team losing to Michigan, PSU, and a better Wisconsin team while beating a legitimately good Minnesota team and finally beating jNW and Purdue is a better outcome with a more challenging schedule and a roster that wasn't much better or worse than the 2018 one. My big concern is how we are going to figure out how to beat jNW and Purdue when they are not having terrible years. We are going to need those two wins and managing to stay ahead of Illinois, Minnesota, and Nebraska to have a shot at the West any year.
2018 and 2019 also show how important the bowl games actually are. Each season looks much better with its bowl win added on and the mood surrounding the program has been elevated considerably by each.
I really like this group of players and how fun they are to watch, but we are really thin. Even 1 minor injury that keeps a player out for part of a game is going to be hard to overcome against many Big 10 teams. The league is looking really tough this year.
I would put Nate ahead of Sherman but a Holiday Bowl win would solidify that.
Bottom line, this would be a good win. By itself it won't define Stanley or Ferentz's legacies, but every game counts and people will notice beating USC more than BC or even a good Miss St team. A bowl win makes a big difference to the perception of a program in the offseason/preseason as well. Last year's Outback win definitely made the season more of a success even if it was a glorified scrimmage.
As much as I would love to see Duncan set an NCAA record, I think we better score TDs in this one.
I really liked that 1996 team and those PSU and Texas Tech games. If they had managed to beat Tulsa and hit 10 wins they would be more fondly remembered, but man, having Sedrick, Tavian, and Timmy D. to cheer for was a lot of fun for small town Iowa kids.
Fry once said he didn't want to hire a coach who didn't want to lead a program one day.
Interesting that Fry and Ferentz have both gotten good results with such different coaching staff philosophies.
Check out the Big Ten standings if you get a chance. MSU is 1-0, jNW is 0-1, everyone else is 1-1. It looks really weird and the odds of that happening have to be tiny. MSU and jNW play soon...
I am so far from central time that I don't get to watch many of the B-ball games. Can anyone comment on the likelihood of Garza going pro if he keep up this torrid pace? On paper and highlight reels he certainly looks like he could.
The second bomb to Tracy couldn’t have been better. He had a good chance at scoring if he caught it.
There were a lot of weird calls. Calling that Ragini catch a drop was really bizarre though. He clearly caught it, tucked it, and had it tucked when his knee hit the ground.
We really were close to blowing this open. A drop here, an over throw there, a pick 6. When the pressure was on though Stanley and Duncan were cooler than Ol' Frost.