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Comment 17 hours ago

I am in favor of keeping the game.  Sure, it is not helping us in terms of national perception and could bite us in the ass in the event that we are ever, say, 12-1 Big Ten Champions.  However, beating them is fun.  Making fun of them is fun.  I can't even think of what my favorite piece of smack talk was during hate week, there were so many good ones.  Every year, this website is flat out hilarious during the week leading up to the ISU game.  As weird as it may sound, it's actually one of my favorite parts of football season, finding out your innovative new ways of making fun of ISU athletics. 

The game was exciting.  The last three games have been exciting.  Hell, Tyler Cook was there in full game uniform trolling ISU fans.  

Also, I am not so sure that this is the apex of what Campbell can achieve at ISU.  Who knows if he (and his assistant coaches) will decide to stay there long term.  However, if he does, I think he can sustain a higher level of success than any ISU coach since Bruce/Majors.

Comment 13 Sep 2019

You nailed it at the beginning.  Usually, when Iowa loses this game, it means we suck.  The good news is that I don't think that's the case with this particular game.  Two good teams are playing in Ames tomorrow, one of them will lose, hopefully it's them.  If it's us, I won't be as despondent as I normally am following an ISU loss.

There are a couple of legitimate areas of concern for me in this game:

1.  How will our injury-depleted secondary hold up against their passing attack?  Our defensive line will hopefully dominate the game and take pressure off the secondary but what if they don't and/or what if ISU throws quick passes all game?

2.  Will we be able to run the ball against them?  The running game has looked good so far but I think ISU's defense is a lot better than anything we've faced this season and we couldn't run the ball against good defenses last season.  If we can't run the ball and are forced to rely on Stanley, how will he perform?  When he's on, he can be really good but there have been some times where he has seemingly buckled under the pressure.  

All in all, the fact that this game is being recognized nationally is a good thing for us.  We play this game every year and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.  We might as well get credit for winning it.  The last two seasons, our wins over the Clones were among our best.

Bring 'em on and kick their asses!

Comment 13 Sep 2019

I agree.  I couldn't hear very well at all on my Macbook speakers (which admittedly are pretty weak) and had to listen on head phones.

Comment 10 Sep 2019

Personally, I think the last two ISU teams would beat any of McCarney's teams.  Iowa was literally the only good team that McCarney could ever beat.  The good B12 teams (Oklahoma, Texas, KSU and TAMU) used to annihilate ISU, even in years when ISU made a bowl.  They'd be, like, 8-4 with their four losses coming by a combined 150 points.

One of the reasons why I fell in love with Iowa football during my first year there (2001) was that they could physically compete with whoever they played.  I remember when a highly ranked Michigan team came to town that year and Iowa went toe to toe with them, ultimately lost, but were right in it until the end.  We even knocked a couple Michigan players unconscious for good measure (before we knew about CTE).  The next year, we kicked the crap out of the Wolverines at their place.

Every time McCarney's ISU teams had to play a ranked team, they would get their asses thoroughly kicked, unless that ranked team was Iowa.  While Campbell's teams haven't put up great W/L records (decent but nothing spectacular) they are pretty competitive with whoever they play.  To me, that gives them an edge over the McCarney teams.

Comment 10 Sep 2019

Yep!  You remember correctly.  And, like, the video was timed such that the "Aw shit" lyrics started right when they started falling down.  

I've seen that video, like, fifty times because it's awesome.

Comment 09 Sep 2019

You can go to Ames High School and see the court where Harrison Barnes used to throw down dunks and Doug McDermott used to rain in threes . . . and where I used to trip over the free throw line.

Comment 05 Sep 2019

I understand that the rule on deep passes is to miss long because that generally won't lead to an interception but if I see Stanley overthrow one more deep ball to a wide open receiver, I might choke on my own tongue.

Comment 02 Sep 2019

I've been thinking about that play and, after seeing him overthrow about a million dudes in the last two seasons*, I'm okay with some slight underthrows in situations where the receiver is wide open and an underthrow isn't going to result in an incompletion or interception.  The guy is open 30 yards down the field, just complete the damn pass and if he can't take it all the way to the house, well, so be it.  

*Remember him overthrowing Hockenson on 4th and 1 last year against Penn State when Hock was all by himself?  Yeah, I'd have been okay with an underthrow there as opposed to a turnover on downs.

Comment 02 Sep 2019

I disagree with the idea that USF is better than Miami (OH).  They looked absolutely pitiful in pretty much every area.  In particular, their receivers had several ridiculous drops that would have gone for big plays.  Wisconsin clearly has a formidable team but UCF completely imploded.  Miami hydroxide made far fewer unforced mistakes than did USF.

Comment 23 Aug 2019

I can't believe it's been fifteen years since I last saw a game at Kinnick stadium (an ass beating of Wisconsin to get a share of the '04 B10 championship).  Have these upgrades changed the stadium capacity?  Is it still deafeningly loud when the Hawks play well?

Comment 22 Aug 2019

Yep.  Also, it's not like the WR corps is exactly a known quantity.  I think some of us are getting ahead of ourselves with the comparisons to McNutt/DJK.  It's hard for me to imagine us losing a couple of absolute studs like Hockenson and Fant and getting better on offense.  We'll see though.

Comment 14 Aug 2019

Good info!  For years I've thought that defenses should put their best pass rusher opposite the RT, who is traditionally more of a run game mauler as opposed to an elite pass blocker.  Blind side strip sacks are nice and all, but they are rare occurrences, and I would prioritize getting a higher rate of pressures (going up against the RT) over the occasional strip sack.  

It makes sense that the league is now shifting away from the old tackle roles.