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Outback Bowl: Football Game Watch, Iowa vs. Florida

Outback Bowl

Iowa vs. Florida, 2017 Outback Bowl, Monday, January 2, 2017, 10:00 a.m. Pacific time

Iowa Hawkeye Outback Bowl official game watch locations are Barney’s Beanery (Santa Monica and Redondo Beach ONLY).  Please note, Barney’s Beanery Pasadena will not be an official game watch location for the Outback Bowl, due to Rose Bowl activities.  Santa Monica and Redondo Beach will honor 40% off food and drink purchases for anyone who wears Iowa gear during the Outback Bowl only.

Barney’s Beanery Santa Monica

1351 3rd St. Promenade

Santa Monica, CA

310.656.5777
 

Barney’s Beanery Redondo Beach

100 Fisherman’s Wharf, Suite H

Redondo Beach, CA

424.275.4820

 
In the words of Iowa Head Coach Kirk Ferentz, 2016 Hawkeye Football was a classic example of the ebbs and flows of college football.  On September 17th, Hawk Nation was stunned when North Dakota State pulled off the upset on #11 ranked Iowa.  After a tough stretch which included a one sided affair against Big 10 foe Penn State, many fans accepted that Iowa would be home for the holidays.  And just like that, Hawkeye fans were stunned once more; turning the College Football Playoffs upside down after a 33-yard field goal eliminated the Michigan Wolverines and turned Kinnick Stadium into the largest outdoor party.
Rebounding from adversity earned the Hawkeyes the right to represent the Big 10 in the Outback Bowl against SEC’s Florida Gators.  So much history between these programs and maybe no one wants the opportunity of redemption more than Iowa Linebacker Chad Greenway, who tweeted “#IWasNotOffsides”.  Hovering over the Hawkeyes program is the reminder they haven’t won a bowl game since 2010.  The incentive for the team is there but they’ll be met with one of college football’s toughest test.  The Gator Defense is ranked in the top 10 nationally and has been lights out all season.  If LeShun Daniels and Akrum Wadley are to be the workhorses, the O-Line will have to win the battle upfront and this will be a test like no other.  CJ Beathard has struggled staying upright all year and now he’ll face a defense with 30 sacks on the year and over 70 tackles for loss.  You want to talk about speed?  There’s no denying they possess speed on the edges.  We all know Iowa better than anyone, so we know there’s no changing the philosophy; Ferentz will run right at them.  However, In order to combat the pressure, Iowa will most likely need to get Wadley in open space with screens to counter-balance their speed and let him make his own path.  Beathard is likely to focus on short throws since he may not have a lot of time to sit in the pocket and go through his rotations.  Winning 1st and 2nd down battles will be key for Iowa to put points on the board.  3rd down must be manageable, and it will also make play-calling less predictable if the defense has to consider Iowa could run or pass.
With the offensive struggles Iowa has seen this season; Florida has felt their share of pains as well.  Plagued with turnovers, Quarterback Austin Appleby should plan to steer completely clear of Cornerback Desmond King.  Tis the season for giving, so Iowa’s D needs to capitalize on any gifts Florida’s offense is handing out.  Jaleel Johnson’s safety against the Wolverines completely flipped momentum, and without it; the comeback most likely doesn’t happen.  Coach Parker may find sending blitz’s more often will provide the secondary with better opportunities to make plays on the ball.
On paper, the similarities between these two programs make for an interesting matchup; and expect them to live up to every bit of it.  There’s no love lost anytime the Big 10 meets the SEC, and the Hawkeyes have plenty to be playing for.  The New Year is upon us, but the past is what will make this another classic rivalry showdown.  We’ll see if we can add Alligator to the Barney’s Beanery menu for one day only.  Time to send the SEC back to the swamp.  Chomp on that!  Let’s Go Hawks!
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Big Ten Club Activities Coming Up

There’s lots of cool activities coming up this season from the Big Ten Club of Southern California:

–November 26: Rose Bowl Brick Challenge begins

–November 30: Rose Bowl packages go on sale

–December 3: Big Ten Pub Crawl

–December 16: Queen’s Luncheon

–January 1, 2017: Rose Bowl Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Click here for all the details.

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Football Game Watch: Iowa vs. Nebraska

Friday, November 25, 2016, 12:30 p.m.

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

IOWA VS NEBRASKA

Happy Thanksgiving LA Iowa Club!  The 7-4 Hawkeyes prepare to feast upon potential Big 10 West Champions Nebraska for the 6th Annual Heroes Rivalry game.  Wins against #3 Michigan and Illinois have given Iowa the opportunity to finish the season the way they expected coming off last year’s 12-0 season.  How many Hawkeye fans will be doing some Black Friday shopping off cases of beer and Vodka!

The border war always brings out the best in both teams, but Nebraska is playing for the chance to represent the West in Indianapolis; and bring their program and their fan base back to their “glory days”.  The Cornhuskers have enough to worry about, seeing what the Hawkeye defense had in store for the Wolverines; but the health of Quarterback Tommy Armstrong is just as concerning.  The versatile QB has taken his fair share of punishment, even being carted off the field on the road at Ohio State.  If Armstrong is unable to go, they’ll rely on Ryker Fyfe; who is dealing with a broken hand himself.  With so much of Nebraska’s offense centering on Armstrong’s ability to create plays, if he’s not able to go; or isn’t able to use his explosive speed, the balance of power tilts to the Hawkeyes Defense.

Coach Ferentz was filled with emotion after upsetting Michigan and with good reason.  Just a few weeks ago, Iowa was being talked about as possibly missing out on a bowl game.  If the Hawks go 3 out of their last 4 games with wins over #3 and #18, they set themselves in line for a great bowl game and a renewed purpose.  Quite frankly, 2016 didn’t go as CJ Beathard planned; and I’m sure no one is more disappointed in that then him.  Losing Wideout Matt Vandeberg proved to be a greater loss than most expected as Iowa has yet to find a consistent target.  Dropped passes can’t be overlooked when looking at Beathard’s struggles.  At the same time, Beathard’s inability to escape pressure has been an underlining issue all season long.  What do you do when you struggle moving through the air; you pound it on the ground.  Akrum Wadley and LeShun Daniels have taken full advantage of the spotlight, many times hoisting the Hawkeyes on their shoulders.  Credit the offensive line for stepping up to the challenge.  They’ve taken their fair share of criticism as well, but they’ve developed into a much more solid unit lately.

Defensive Lineman Jaleel Johnson has been the ultimate anchor for the Hawkeyes.  His ability to fight off double teams and fill up the middle gap is keeping the D off the field and turning the heads of NFL scouts.  Currently projected as a 3-4 round draft pick, he has potential to follow in the footsteps of Mike Daniels.  Desmond King continues to patrol the secondary, and the emergence of young talents Manny Rugamba and Anthony Gair couldn’t have come at a better time.  Ferentz hasn’t been known for wanting to play younger players, but these guys have stepped up and have earned the reps.  Josey Jewell commands the respect of his teammates and the nation; he is now 1 of 5 finalists for the Dick Butkus Award.  Iowa needs to be on point from kickoff, deficiencies in the Illini program allowed the Hawks time to gather their rhythm; you can’t feed Nebraska that kind of momentum.

 It was 2014 when many Hawkeye fans stood behind Beathard, despite the controversy; he eventually won the admiration of all of Hawk Nation.  Beathard will never forget how the fans fought for him, and he will fight until victorious for those same fans.  It’s the last time he and the seniors will suit up for Kinnick Stadium, take the time to reflect that this group took us to 12-0; they are forever special!

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Hawkeye Huddle in West Lafayette, Indiana

Saturday, October 15, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time

West Lafayette, Indiana

Iowa – Purdue Hawkeye Huddle Information

Hawkeye Huddle to be held at the Four Points Sheraton – West Lafayette

Hawkeye fans following the University of Iowa football team to Purdue as the Hawkeyes take on the Purdue Boilermakers are encouraged to attend the Hawkeye Huddle prior to the football game.

Fans are invited to join the National I-Club and University of Iowa Alumni Association from 9 to 11 a.m. (EST) at the Four Points Sheraton—West Lafayette (1600 Cumberland Ave.) in the Grand Ballroom.

Iowa’s Creative Corridor proudly presents the 2016 Iowa Football Hawkeye Huddles at all away football games this season. Hosted by the National I-Club and UI Alumni Association, Hawkeye Huddles include snacks, cash refreshments, door prizes, Herky and the Iowa Spirit Squads. Additional sponsors for the 2016 Hawkeye Huddles include Coralville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center and Iowa River Landing.

Iowa football plays at Purdue on Saturday at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, with kickoff scheduled for noon (EST).

For more details on the Hawkeye Huddles visit jointheiclub.com or find the National I-Club (@jointheiclub) or UI Alumni Association (@UIowaAlumni) on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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Big Ten Club of Southern California Oktoberfest

Join in at the Big Ten Club of Southern California Oktoberfest.

–Big Ten Club Oktoberfest Night. Friday, October 7, 6:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. Alpine Village, Torrance, CA

Oom Pah Pah band, delicious German food, and chicken dancing. Your ticket purchase raises money for your Los Angeles IOWA Club.

Click here for the Big Ten Club website, to get all details, and to purchase tickets.

 

 

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