2016 Football Game Watch #1: Iowa vs. Miami (Ohio)

Saturday, September 3, 2016, 12:30 p.m. Pacific time

Barney’s Beanery (3 locations: Santa Monica, Redondo Beach, and Pasadena)


Fresh off a stellar 2015 campaign, Iowa Head Coach Kirk Ferentz seeks to repeat the historic 12-0 regular season finish and first Rose Bowl appearance since 1991.  Returning seniors CJ Beathard and Desmond King give Hawkeye Nation more than enough reason to believe this season can be special as well, but winning with expectations high isn’t as easy as it sounds.

Let’s be honest, it’s difficult for any team to repeat an undefeated season.  So is a 1 or 2 loss season a letdown?  For some maybe, but more important than a blemish on a perfect season; is Iowa’s ability to position itself for the B10 Championship game again, and defeating the B10 East Champion.  If the Hawkeyes want to be respected by the world, they have to win on the biggest stage; and a win in a college football playoff or Rose Bowl has to be the focus.

Iowa welcomes Miami University (Ohio) to the pink locker rooms this week, and while there’s no Ben Roethlisberger at the helm; they do field an experienced offense of 10 returning starters.  Miami sure likes their QB’s tall.  6’4 sophomore Billy Bahl hopes to show his freshman growing pains were worth it, and will translate to greater on-field success.  Alonzo Smith will handle the bulk of the carries and the experience across the front line should allow him to find some holes between the tackles.  J’Terius Jones, Jr hopes to disrupt the Iowa offense, the 263 pounder is already topping list of potential 2016 All American candidates.

Joining Iowa’s Beathard is returning running back tandem LeShun Daniels, Jr and Akrum Wadley.  Daniels a bruising powerback, Wadley delivers speed and finesse.  Daniels is most effective when he hits the hole hard, but tended to be a bit hesitant after returning from injury.  Wadley is the guy college football will be talking about very soon.  We call him the “Northwestern Special”.  Wideout Tevaun Smith is catching touchdown passes for the Colts now, but Matt Vandeburg will be the feature receiver, and when the ball is in his reach, he’s going to get it.  If the Hawkeyes air attack is going to explode, Jerminic Smith is going to play a big role in it.  He showed raw talent his freshman year, and if he’s developed timing with his QB’s and honed in on his catching ability (go figure), he’s the 2016 Breakout player for the Hawks.

Defensive Lineman Drew Ott was not granted an additional year by the NCAA committee, but the Iowa defense is loaded.  The All American King wanted to finish what he started and brings the nastiness that can’t be replaced.  What’s really exciting about the program is seeing a host of young players coming in and contributing early in their careers.  This is a sign that recruiting is hitting the trail hard and doing a great job of recognizing talent.  Josey Jewell and Parker Hesse are defensive wrecking balls and shining examples of that young talent Iowa has been able to attract.

2015 was a magical season, but the Rose Bowl lingers in both players and fans minds; so expect there to be a lot of motivation to settle for nothing less than perfection.  With Beathard, the sky is the limit because he’s a winner and makes everyone around him better.  College Football Saturday’s are back…In Black!

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Student Send-Off Beach Party

What’s all the commotion? Hawkeyes are hitting the ocean!

Sunday, August 7, 2016, 1:00 p.m. — 4:00 p.m.

Location: Barney’s Beanery Redondo Beach pier, 100 Fisherman’s Wharf, Redondo Beach, CA 90277, 424.275.4820

For our party, we’ve reserved Barney’s outdoor patio—it literally overlooks the beach.


Join the Los Angeles IOWA Club for the Student Send-Off Beach Party, our summer beach party to celebrate area students departing for the University of Iowa. This is a free event to enjoy fun in the sun, and connect with your fellow Hawkeyes.

ALL ARE INVITED: students, parents, families, friends, IOWA Club members, fans and supporters of all things Hawkeye!  The party’s happening on the Redondo Beach pier, with easy access to the ocean if you want to take a dip.


Free finger food buffet compliments of our L.A. Hawkeye partner Barney’s Beanery

For-purchase: beverages and food from Barney’s menu


While at the Redondo Beach pier, make sure you stop by the Redondo Fun Factory. They have classic arcade games and a Tilt-A-Whirl ride.


Pay parking is available in parking ramps and at street parking meters.


Send us an e-mail at laiowaclub@gmail.com to let us know you’re coming.



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2016 Iowa By The Sea Picnic

Join Iowans at the 116th annual Iowa By The Sea Picnic.

Food, fun, and live music.

Date: Saturday, August 13

Location: Battleship Iowa, San Pedro, CA

Click here for all information and to purchase tickets. 

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Big 10 Club Person of the Year Installation Dinner

Your’re cordially invited to join us

for our 70th Installation Dinner and

2016 Person of the Year Awards

at the

Historic Tournament House and Wrigley Gardens

Home of the Tournament of Roses Association

Wednesday, July 20th

6 – 9 PM

to honor our

2016 Person of the Year

Kirk Herbstreit

Ohio State alumni and ESPN’s College Gameday analyst


2016 Member of the Year

Joan McLane

Penn State alumni and Past President

Tickets include dinner, cocktails, and program.

Maximum 2 tickets person. Tickets are limited.

$95 Life Members

$115 Members

$125 Non-Members

Click here to buy tickets.

This will be a fun evening and I hope you will be able to join us. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Lisa Winger

Big Ten Club President

University of Illinois, Volunteer


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Big Ten Club Beach Party

Sunday, June 26, 2016.

Beach 12:00 – 3:30 p.m
After beach drinks 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Join Big Ten alumni and friends for some Hermosa Beach fun.

Enjoy the summer with some volleyball, games, music, and mingling. The day starts at the beach and afterwards we will be walking to a local bar for some fun!

Click here for details, directions, and to RSVP.

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