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Iowa Bowl Gamewatch vs Tennessee – 12:20PM Santa Monica Barney’s Beanery

It’s the most wonderful time of the year as the bowl season is upon us. Not quite the season many fans were hoping for, but the Iowa Hawkeyes have landed in Jacksonville, Florida; preparing for SEC foe Tennessee. The Hawks are looking to secure their 8th win of the season, while Tennessee wants to put the exclamation point on an overachieving season.

You have to wonder if the Hawks will be able to keep their attention on their opponent and not themselves. Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz made it clear that all positions were open, including the quarterback spot. Returning starter Jake Rudock underwhelmed much of the season, creating a divide amongst players and fans as whether backup C.J. Beathard should be given more of an opportunity to win the job. Beathard has announced he is contemplating transferring if he doesn’t get a shot. January 2nd, we’ll find out exactly how serious Ferentz is about keeping Beathard onboard?

Offensive lineman Brandon Scherff picked up the Outland trophy and will try to up his 1st round draft status against a Vols defense that deserves a lot of credit for getting them to 7-5. Senior Mark Weisman will tote the rock for the Hawks once last time. Don’t worry about his speed, worry about his power. If Scherff and the o-line can get a push, Weisman will do the rest. Senior Kevonte Martin-Manley is approaching the record for all-time reception leader, hopefully some of which will be over four yards.

The Volunteers have a different mindset this bowl season and their fans are excited to be there. It’s been a rough stretch for Tennessee, but they look to be making a comeback. They’re young, but their hungry. In fact, Tennessee played an FBS-high 23 true freshman this season. The experience might not be there, but the talent is. Star freshman Jalen Hurd will look to expose the Hawkeyes corners; a glaring hole for the Iowa defense all season long. Sophomore Joshua Dobb is 3-1 since taking over at quarterback halfway through the season. Dobb’s is a mobile quarterback who has strong leadership on the field, a quality that every offense needs.

It’s often said that a bowl win can jump start your next season, and this is one that both teams desperately need. It’s not a feature match up, but you won’t know it from the effort from both of these squads. Turnovers will be the key to separating the two, and Iowa has been here before, they know how to prepare; know how to get it done. That advantage may come into play late in the game. It will be a competitive game, and Iowa will bring more excitement than you or Tennessee expect.

Make sure to arrive early to get a good seat for this matchup! Gametime is at 12:20PM sharp.

This week’s gamewatch will be at the Santa Monica location only. 40% off of food and drink during the game will still be honored.

Santa Monica: 1351 3rd St. Promenade, Santa Monica, CA
(Gamewatch host Justin Drake, Isaiah Scales, and Jake Krengel)

We look forward to seeing everyone. GO HAWKS!!!

LA Iowa Board of Directors

 

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IOWA Basketball Gamewatch vs. Iowa State – 5PM Friday December 12 at Barney’s Beanery Santa Monica

Last week Iowa pulled off its biggest win in the Fran McCaffery era toppling #12 North Carolina on the road at Chapel Hill. Another chance to notch another “signature win” hangs in the balance when the Cyclones of Iowa State roll into Carver Hawkeye Arena.

The I-80 rivalry is about bragging rights, but it’s also about putting a stamp on the NCAA tournament. The Cyclones are 14th in the nation, with a 6-1 record; their only loss is to the BIG 10 newcomer Maryland. Nearly a month into play and the Cyclones visit to Iowa City will be their first road game of the year. ISU coach Fred Hoiberg has done an excellent job recruiting and it shows on the court. Iowa State likes to play an up-tempo style of basketball, looking to take advantage of opponent’s lack of hustle. Georges Niang is a name you might be familiar with, and you should; because the guy can score. A testament to Hoiberg’s recruiting is sophomore Monte Morris. His quickness can catch a guard sleeping at any moment.

The Hawkeyes have a lot to prove, as much of the world doesn’t believe Iowa is for real…just yet. Iowa faced a big hurdle replacing Devyn Marble’s points and Jarrod Uthoff could be the man to do it. Aaron White will be the focus on opponent’s minds, but if Uthoff can continue to hit the 20 foot jumpers; he can become a leader. Iowa’s big men will need to take it up a notch and stay aggressive. Adam Woodbury has a lot of talent, and now he finally believes in his own talent. The underdog is us all makes it easy for us to root for Gabriel Olaseni, and while dealing with the loss of his father; he continues to put out 100% effort every night.

Keys to a Hawkeye victory will be how well they adjust to Iowa State’s tempo. Faster tempos can lead to fouls, and the Hawks need Woody on the floor. When your opponent is pushing the ball, it makes you push your tempo inadvertently as well. Hawks have to play their game, look for good shots and keep turnovers low. We went dancing last year, but the dance was cut short. A win against the Cyclones sets up another return and the belief that they belong.

The gamewatch will be at the Barney’s Beanery Santa Monica location only. Please join us and enjoy 40% off food and beverages to any Iowa fan who wears something with Iowa on it (offer valid during the game only).

Santa Monica: 1351 3rd St. Promenade, Santa Monica, CA
(Gamewatch host Justin Drake, Isaiah Scales, and Jake Krengel)

We look forward to seeing everyone. GO HAWKS!!!

LA Iowa Board of Directors

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IOWA Football Gamewatch vs. Nebraska – 9:00AM FRIDAY after Thanksgiving!!

Please note that the game against Nebraska will begin at 9AM on Friday. There will be no raffle this week. Happy Thanksgiving to all of our Club Members and their families!

Santa Monica: 1351 3rd St. Promenade, Santa Monica, CA
(Gamewatch host Justin Drake, Isaiah Scales, and Jake Krengel)

Pasadena: 99 E Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA
(Gamewatch hosts Patrick Carberry and Randall Adams)

Redondo Beach: 100 Fisherman’s Wharf, Suite H, Redondo Beach, CA
(Gamewatch hosts Garrett Darland and Alvin Chang)

We look forward to seeing everyone. GO HAWKS!!!

LA Iowa Board of Directors

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IOWA Football Gamewatch vs. Wisconsin – 12:30PM

After a two game road trip, the Hawkeyes return to Kinnick Stadium hosting #14 Wisconsin. Iowa’s coming off a victory against Illinois improving to 7-3 on the season.

408…that is the new FBS single game rushing record set by Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon, just last week against Nebraska. A former Hawkeye commit, Gordon has publicly expressed his displeasure of returning to Iowa City. But will the 12th man on the field be enough to stop the Heisman candidate? Most signs point to no, you can’t stop him; you can only hope to slow him down. But I’ve got another number for you, 62…Gordon’s lowest output last season, against Iowa. The Hawks have faced several top running backs thus far, all of which have given the Iowa defense all they could handle; but Gordon is in a league of his own.

If you’re Iowa, you have to accept the fact that Wisconsin will score, they’ve got Gordon. The daunting task will be the offense keeping pace allowing the defense to make a key stop. Last week’s offense wasn’t a great performance, but compared to the effort given in Minnesota; looked alright. You can get away with turnovers, missed opportunities against Illinois; but you won’t be able to against the Badgers. The unsung hero Mark Weisman catches a lot of flak for his speed, but his relentless effort to gain an extra yard will pay huge dividends keeping drives alive. Quarterback Jake Rudock is in for his toughest assignment where a home crowd can either be your best friend or your worst enemy. If you want the debate to end, then silence it on the field.

If Iowa is to come away with a victory, there’s no doubt it will have been a team effort. In years past the defense has been the leaders on the field, and this week there needs to be 11 leaders out there on defense. Iowa’s weakness just happens to be Gordon’s specialty, so shutting down the outside will require the defense to work as one solid unit.

Despite the stumbles, Iowa finds itself with a national audience; with an opportunity to climb the Big 10 West. It’s Time for the Hawks to grab the bull by the horns and bring the Heartland trophy back to Iowa City.

Make sure to arrive early to get a good seat for this primetime matchup! Gametime is at 12:30PM sharp.

This week’s halftime raffle will be at SANTA MONICA. Make sure to check in with one of the hosts for your 1st FREE raffle ticket for some great Iowa gear. Highlights of the raffle include: A men’s football jersey, 1 Hawkeye and 1 BTN t-shirt, among other items. Don’t worry, additional raffle tickets may be purchased at the rate of 2 tickets for $1 on up to as many tickets as you would like!

Santa Monica:  1351 3rd St. Promenade, Santa Monica, CA
(Gamewatch host Justin Drake, Isaiah Scales, and Jake Krengel)

Pasadena:  99 E Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA
(Gamewatch hosts Patrick Carberry and Randall Adams)

Redondo Beach: 100 Fisherman’s Wharf, Suite H, Redondo Beach, CA
(Gamewatch hosts Garrett Darland and Alvin Chang)

We look forward to seeing everyone.  GO HAWKS!!!

LA Iowa Board of Directors

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Just Released! IOWA Basketball Gamewatch Schedule

For those of your basketball lovers, we have now posted a basketball gamewatch schedule! We will host 5 games this year, 4 will be at Barney’s Beanery. The other basketball gamewatch will be against Wisconsin and will be a co-gamewatch with the Wisconsin LA Club at a neutral site TBD. Please see below about our gamewatch schedule and we look forward to seeing you out!

Schedule:
Friday 12/12 vs Iowa State 5:00 PM – Barney’s Beanery Santa Monica
Saturday 1/17 vs Ohio State 11:00 AM – Barney’s Beanery Santa Monica
Saturday 1/31 vs Wisconsin 9:00 AM – site TBD
Sunday 2/8/15 vs Maryland 12:15 PM – Barney’s Beanery Santa Monica
Sunday 2/22/15 at Nebraska TBA – Barney’s Beanery Santa Monica
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