Football Game Watch #2
Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Iowa State Cyclones
Saturday, September 9, 2017, 9:00 a.m. Pacific time.
Barney’s Beanery (2 locations: Santa Monica and Redondo Beach)
The problem with analyzing week one, is its only one week. Every team in America is trying to evaluate if their team is what they saw on the field or something else. Preparing for your opponent and even yourself becomes tricky, as the team you see on game film; now has a week to access what worked and what didn’t. At first, Iowa seemed a bit lost at times; turning the ball over, and not establishing control of the line of scrimmage. But as the second period winded down, the lights turned on and you could see confidence starting to build in young quarterback Nate Stanley. Kirk Ferentz will appreciate the growth he saw from his team in 30 minutes of play. The addition of Nevada running back James Butler will prove to be a key off-season pickup, as he provided a spark at just the right time with Wyoming focused on limiting Akrum Wadley early on.
Leaders began to emerge as well with Noah Fant and Nick Easley running solid routes and gaining tough yards after the catch. The biggest question was who was going to catch the ball? They have answered that question and in due time, this is going to payoff big for Matt Vandeberg. As expected, this is the Wadley show and should be. Every commentator picks up on one thing, Wadley’s instincts. It’s what you can’t teach that separates him from the rest. His ability to read a defense and make a move at just the right time is sensational to watch. The highly touted offensive line didn’t blow anyone away, but don’t underestimate what team leaders brings to the table, and with James Daniels back this week; it will look like a new unit.
The Cyclones are still clowns, but their improved clowns. David Montgomery may be the most impressive back in Ames in a long time. He flashed a brutal power attack and displayed his own unique set of moves to break defender ankles. Almost mirroring their big brothers, the Cyclones linebacker crew is quick, decisive and pursues the ball extremely well. Brian Peavy will be the name you hear most, he’s talented enough to have played D-1 football, not sure why he picked the Cyclones instead. Where’s the shush emoji when you need it?
The spectacular performance by the Iowa defense will have another tough test and being on the road won’t be easy. Don’t forget, this will be Stanley’s first road game; so, expect a turnover or two. This is where Ferentz relies on this defense to make things happen. Keeping the Cyclones off the field often and early is essential to walking out of Ames with a victory. The secondary deserves a lot of credit, especially being such a young group. If Josey Jewell and AJ Epenesa can disrupt the backfield and pressure the quarterback, the secondary will have their chance at two picks.
You haven’t seen everything from Brian Ferentz, it was the smart play. Some plays didn’t work, but Wyoming was his chance to test them out. He didn’t forget the screens, he just didn’t need them; but he will this week. Stanley can’t afford the turnovers, not in Jack Trice Stadium. The pressure is always on our defense, and they can do the job; but you can’t put them in bad positions. This is hate week, and I hate it until we win the game!
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