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Comment 20 hours ago

Biggest problem he's had is starting 0-4 against Iowa State. He's 10-5 against them since then, which is pretty good. Still a few losses he probably shouldn't have taken (07 and 2014 are the biggies there... those were pretty bad ISU teams that pipped Iowa; 05, 11, and 12 were decent-ish ISU teams), but some of those are bound to happen. 

99 and 00 were lousy Iowa teams. Iowa and ISU were pretty evenly-matched in 01. 02 was a clear upset and one that still stings a lot. 

I am encouraged by the fact that he's gotten better against ISU over the course of his career and has been good against them recently (2014 aside). I think he's done a better job of figuring out how to prep for ISU and motivate the team for that game. 

Comment 07 Aug 2018

Only one turnover in 2011 (a fumble when JVB got sacked), but Meyer missed 2 FGs (24 and 43 yards). Iowa just could not finish drives in that game. Their first four drives all ended in MIN territory (2 missed FGs, a turnover on downs, and a punt -- at the MIN 45). Then the fumble came at the MIN 14-yard line. If Iowa had scored on two of those possessions, they probably win that game fairly easily. 

2013 should have been even more lopsided. Iowa outgained them by 300 yards in that one. Minnesota punted on 6 of their first 7 drives (and got intercepted on the other drive) and was down 17-0 at half. 

But, yeah, Iowa hasn't had too many routs over the Gophers in Minneapolis. Be nice to change that this year, though I'm not banking on it. 

Comment 07 Aug 2018

Iowa's 2-3 in TCF Bank entering this year, with some good performances, a few bad ones, and a few toss-ups.

2010: Iowa had definitely checked out on the regular season at this point; this was after the heartbreakers to jNW and OSU. So a bad Minnesota team managed with nothing to lose (they definitely pulled off a few trick plays here) managed to snake an upset. If this game had been played in October, I think Iowa would have smoked them by at least 3 TDs. 

2011: Super-weird game. Coker ran for well over 200 yards, but Iowa lost on a late TD from Marqueis fucking Gray. I recall turnovers (and some missed FGs?) being very costly in this one. Iowa did a lot of good things in this one, but some individual errors helped Minnesota hang around, and they pulled it out in the end. 

2013: First Iowa win in TCF. Pretty ho-hum game. Iowa defense was very good. Iowa offense did enough (did have a beautiful bubble screen TD by Desmond Powell tho). 

2014: Iowa scored the first TD; everything after that was an absolute shitshow. Maxxxxxxxxxxx Williams scored a billion TDs. Iowa couldn't do anything right and Minnesota couldn't do anything wrong. And the weather (cold, windy as hell) was miserable. I left this one real early in the 3rd quarter. 

2016: The other Iowa win in TCF. Another super-boring game -- lots of defense, and not much else. Akrum finally got the corner for a late TD for the game-winner. Nice weather at this game tho! 

Comment 07 Aug 2018

I like this -- there are a lot of ways to rank the 3-9ish teams on Iowa's schedule IMO, so I'm glad to see how people are feeling. I went back and forth on my own rankings. 

Comment 07 Aug 2018

There will be plenty of Iowa fans there, which is also why the secondary market for that game is such an annoying shitshow. (Me bitter? Not at all...)

Comment 03 Aug 2018

Yeah, Groeneweg did some good things in the return game at Sioux Falls, apparently: 

And one more thing: Ferentz said Groeneweg has inserted himself into the discussion at kick returner. He gained 508 yards on 38 punt returns, and another 1,282 yards on 50 kickoff returns (two for touchdowns) at Sioux Falls.

“He really is pretty nifty fielding balls and doing some things with the ball,” Ferentz said. “He’s one guy that will be in the mix.”

He and ISM could give Iowa an interesting 1-2 punch in the kick return game. Punt return is the area of the return game where we probably need the most help, though. (Miss u, Desmond...)