2017 Football Game Watch: Iowa vs. Michigan State

Football Game Watch #5
Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Michigan State Spartans

Saturday, September 30, 2017, 1:00 p.m. Pacific time.
Barney’s Beanery (2 locations: Santa Monica and Redondo Beach) 

A NOTE FROM THE PRESIDENT
Always innovating, always growing and always helping.  That’s the LA Iowa Club way.  Fresh off a trip to Iowa City, and what a rewarding trip this was.  If you haven’t heard, or wasn’t able to be a part of it; the LA Iowa Club was featured live inside of Kinnick Stadium to a ruckus crowd of 75,000 fans.  I’m sure you have all heard about the best new tradition in all of college football, the Iowa wave.  Fans turn to the Children’s Hospital located right next to the stadium and wave.  Our home for Hawkeye sports Barney’s Beanery, felt LA should be a part of this tradition and suggested fans join in.  Eric “The Mayor” Brune was quick to respond and reached out to get everyone on board.  Without hesitation, this was such a fantastic idea I had to take this to the head of the Iowa Alumni Association; Susan Griffith.  Susan was on board and Associate AD of Marketing for Iowa, Charlie Taylor made it happen!  It took a great deal of coordination, but fans throughout the stadium cheered the children on alongside LA Iowa Club and members of the New York Iowa Club (Shout out to Alvin Chang).  To watch the reaction from inside of Kinnick Stadium, visit our Facebook page Los Angeles Iowa Club or our Twitter page @LAIowaClub.
 
We’re also very committed not only to our LA Hawkeyes, but the next generation of Hawkeyes as well!  Over the next few weeks, we’ll be introducing you to students from the University of Iowa’s Journalism and Communications program.  Our new initiative will bring you voices from the students and campus life, and give them an opportunity to hone their writing skills.  The first student we would like to introduce you to is Tanner Lafever and he wrote this week’s Iowa vs Michigan State game preview!
Go Hawks!
Isaiah Scales
LA Iowa Club President

IOWA VS MICHIGAN STATE

So close. Damnit we were so close. But as is the life of an Iowa Hawkeye football fan sometimes you’ve got to take one on the chin even amidst what could turn out to be a memorable season. Sure, our hearts were all broken on Saturday night, but the dream is still alive if you can bring yourself to see it.
 
Captain Kirk’s crew stood toe to toe with a playoff contending opponent and its Heisman candidate superstar on the biggest of stages, showing a national audience that these Hawkeyes are a team to be reckoned with. Now the next step is putting their best foot forward and getting back on the winning track.
 
The opportunity to do so comes this Saturday afternoon in East Lansing, Michigan at 1:00 PM PST on FOX.
 
Similar to Penn State last week, Iowa has a bone to pick with the Spartans as well (something about a championship game two years ago that I don’t really even want to talk about anymore, so sorry for bringing it up).
 
Both teams enter this match-up with a single loss on their respective records, though Michigan State (2-1) has one fewer win courtesy of the bye week it took before getting curb stomped by Notre Dame 38-18 at home this past Saturday.
 
Your typical rules for a Mark Dantonio coached team apply. The Spartans will play a physical, fight-for-every-inch style of defense, allowing just over 250 yards/game through the first month of the season. On offense, they want to pound the football with a group of backs led by junior LJ Scott, but in a new wrinkle the ground attack is buoyed by a signal caller with some wheels of his own.
 
Sophomore quarterback Brian Lewerke has thrown for over 700 yards through three games while picking up an additional 206 on the ground thanks to his considerable athleticism. It would behoove the Hawkeye defense to treat Lewerke with similar disdain to what the likes of Josey Jewell, Anthony Nelson, and A.J. Epenesa showcased this past weekend in their assault on an opposing quarterback.
 
When Iowa has the ball you can expect a similar strategy of resistance as to what it faced against the Nittany Lions. The Hawkeyes certainly had their struggles against aggressive looks last weekend, but the second half performance by the offense indicated that it certainly has the capability to exploit such tactics. Finding a few more ways to get Akrum Wadley (HOW ABOUT THAT GUY) in space is never a bad thing, and Nate Stanley continues to show that he’s able to make big throws when called upon. I’d imagine we’ll see a little bit of both on Saturday.
 
Michigan State is typically a tough out at Spartan Stadium, so victory is no easy guarantee for these Hawks. But a well-earned win would be huge to help the team regain some momentum heading into two consecutive bye weeks in early October (OK one of them is a home game against Illinois, but you get the point).
 
So wash off your tear soaked dirty Black & Gold gear from last weekend, fix that hole you may or may not have punched in your wall, and settle in for a Saturday of Hawkeye football. It’ll be another great day to be an Iowa fan and a season that still has the makings of something special. GO HAWKS!
MEET THE WRITER: TANNER LAFEVER

Tanner Lafever is a senior at Iowa, majoring in Journalism and Mass Communications and a minor in Sports Studies.  Outside the classroom, Tanner’s always ready for a game of pickup basketball; so, don’t bring that weak stuff down his lane.  A jokester, movie buff and avid sports competitor; Tanner was born a Hawkeye; spending his childhood tailgating and attending Iowa football games his entire life. 
 
Look for more stories from Tanner in the upcoming weeks, and if you would like to drop Tanner a line or two of support; email us at laiowaclub@gmail.com
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