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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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Football Game Watch: Iowa vs. Rutgers

Saturday, September 24, 2016, 9:00 a.m. Pacific time

Barney’s Beanery Santa Monica, Redondo Beach, and Pasadena

IOWA VS RUTGERS

I told you the Bison would earn our respect, but I didn’t see the Hawks not pulling that one out.  Iowa turns the page as quickly as possible, in hopes that a road victory can steer this season back on the right track.  This is the first meeting between the Hawkeyes and the Scarlet Knights.

Rutgers is one of the new kids on the block after joining the Big 10 conference in 2014.  Rutgers First year head Coach Chris Ash grew up a Hawkeye fan, growing up just south of Iowa City, in Ottumwa.  But he would love nothing more than taking down the Black and Gold in his Big 10 debut.  Not so much a secret weapon, because everyone knows it’s coming; Rutgers has quite the weapon in Janarion Grant.  This is one team that truly believes in getting the ball into the hands of their playmaker, and you’ll see Grant catching balls, returning balls, running the ball and yes; even passing the ball.  Film session will likely lead the Scarlet Knights with one agenda, and that’s running right at the Iowa line and taking their shots down field.  When you have a dynamic runner with great hands, you put all the pressure on the defense to stop what they already know is coming.

If you’re like me, a lot of fan excitement was seeing a new forward thinking strategy dubbed “New Kirk 2.0”.  Last week, didn’t feel new; more like a sequel with a few changes but mostly the same plot from the original story.  Players didn’t execute perfection, and they never will; but the play-calling could have been more aggressive as well.  The good news Hawks, dropping a non-conference game is something we do even on our good years!  So what’s next for Iowa?  It’s about establishing the right attitude and maintaining that attitude every week.  There wasn’t the same hunger that was seen when the Cyclones came into Kinnick.  Tackling was optional, as was staying upright before making contact with a defender.  This is when the captains must take back control of their team, and expect CJ Beathard to put this loss on his shoulders and vow to step his game up.  Not because it’s Beathard’s fault, but because it’s his team and he will want to be the example for everyone in that locker room.

Iowa has to get back to winning the basics and that means controlling the line of scrimmage and executing proper tackling form.  Win the line of scrimmage and your running backs have lanes, and Beathard isn’t getting smashed into the ground.  Poor tackling turned too many 3 yard gains into first downs, and getting off the field early is the best way to help a defense win the 4th quarter battle.  There’s plenty to clean up, but the Hawkeyes have the talent to do it.  There’s no better way to test a team’s heart then sending them in enemy territory.

Iowa prides itself on being a run oriented team, but they can’t be so prideful that they run regardless of the scenario or the result.  The ultimate goal is to win every game, it doesn’t matter how.  A great week of practice is helpful, but adjustments in-game will dictate who wins and who loses.  The Hawks must find what’s working and commit to the ultimate game plan of doing what it takes to win, even if it’s not what the original plan called for.  Do that and Iowa will be 1-0 in Big 10 play, with the chance of another great season right in front of them.

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