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Football Game Watch: Iowa vs. Wisconsin

Football Game Watch #10
Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Wisconsin Badgers

Saturday, November 11, 2017,12:30 p.m. Pacific time.
Barney’s Beanery (2 locations: Santa Monica and Redondo Beach) 


Half-time raffles at both Santa Monica and Redondo Beach locations this week!


IOWA vs. WISCONSIN
Here’s the game preview by Tanner Lafever.

2017 Football Game Watch: #20 Iowa vs. #8 Wisconsin
 
I’ll be totally honest with you. I’m still not entirely sure where I am, nor have I regained total feeling in all of my extremities following last weekend’s emotional bonanza at Kinnick Stadium.
 
Our now 20th ranked (!) Iowa Hawkeyes (6-3, 3-3) pulled off one of the most improbably dominant performances in recent college football memory. I can only hope that every fan out there was able to bask in the moment of glory much like the entire student population in Iowa City did on Saturday night.
 
It was a monumentally joyous occasion to be sure, but in this sport you’ve only got so much time to celebrate. On the horizon is another showdown with a top 10 opponent, this time on the road against the undefeated #8 Wisconsin Badgers at 12:30PM PST on ABC.
 
None of us will ever forget the elation brought on by lambasting Ohio State, but this team has a chance to multiply those good feelings tenfold if it can show the football world that last Saturday wasn’t just a one-off for the Black & Gold.
 
Trips to Madison, Wisconsin are never particularly cheerful. Sure the Hawkeyes have won each of their last two trips to the state capital of our inhospitable northern neighbors, but Camp Randall Stadium is no place for the faint of heart.
 
In a series that will see the 91st overall meeting between the two schools take place on Saturday, you can be sure that Iowa will need to absorb just as many blows as it dishes out. There’s a reason that the all-time series record splits by the slimmest of margins (Wisconsin leads 45-43-2). To expect this year’s contest to be any different would be a foolish endeavor.
 
Now being that Badgers are notorious for their inability to fly (I think?), this Wisconsin team is once again predisposed to attack its opponents on the ground when it possesses the football. Freshman phenom Jonathan Taylor leads the way, having already piled up 1368 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns with three games left to play in the regular season.
 
On defense, an aggressive unit enters this week’s contest allowing barely 13 points/game and fewer than 90 yards rushing each time it takes the field.
 
The Hawkeyes are sure to be tested in the trenches on both sides of the ball. It’ll be up to Josey Jewell & Co. to put the Badger offense in uncomfortable positions, and Nate Stanley and the improving Iowa receiving corps to extend their aggressive defense much like we saw against the Buckeyes to great effect this past weekend.
 
Stanley sits just five touchdowns passes away from tying the legendary Chuck Long’s single season school record (27), and based on his performance against Ohio State that might be worth keeping an eye on this week (fingers crossed). But likely more significant is the Wisconsin native’s drive to help the Hawkeyes get a win back in his home state in front of friends and family.
 
And on a final note I’d be remiss not to mention what truly amounts to the highest stakes for Saturday’s match-up. As Iowa football fans we’ve developed a hankering for trophies of all shapes and sizes. Victory over Wisconsin would mean another notch on 2017’s belt in that regard.
 
We’ve already paid next year’s rent for the Cy-Hawk trophy. Good ‘ol Floyd is staying in an Iowa pen (and hopefully away from an Iowa frying pan) through 2018. So now it’s time to reclaim from those filthy Badgers the brass bull that is the Heartland Trophy, and bring it back to Hawkeye pastures for the foreseeable future.
 
Last weekend was just so much fun. And as a decidedly pro-fun Iowa supporter I’d like to cast my vote for having more fun the rest of this season, starting on Saturday in Madison.
 
Also, just to satisfy my own curiosity I’d love to see if anything but charred remains would exist of downtown Iowa City if this team were to pull off a second consecutive upset of a top eight ranked team.
 
See you all on Saturday, and let’s give ‘em hell. Because why not? It’ll be fun.
 
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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Sat., Oct. 28 – Football Game Watch: Iowa vs. Minnesota

Football Game Watch

Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers

Saturday, October 28, 2017, 3:30 p.m. Pacific time

Barney’s Beanery (2 locations: Santa Monica and Redondo Beach)

 

University of Iowa student Tanner Lafever is back with a preview of Saturday’s Iowa-Minnesota game. 

 Football Game Watch: Iowa vs. Minnesota 

Help. I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.
Who am I? 
No I’m not a spokesperson for those ridiculous Life Alert commercials. At 22 years old I’m decades from the age bracket that would qualify me for my own personal panic button. But I will admit, as I felt the life drain from by body on Saturday after watching a 4th down pass dropped that would have extended overtime against Northwestern, I did, for a second, wonder if I might require some form of emergency assistance.
 
I toughed it out, though. And perhaps it was only my youthful exuberance that helped me overcome the agony I was sharing in that moment with Hawkeye fans everywhere.
 
The point is (if I’m even making one at all), age matters sometimes. And Iowa (4-3, 1-3) is presented with just such a challenge this Saturday as it hosts Minnesota (4-3, 1-3) at 3:30 PST on FS1.
 
That school in the state with all those lakes and stuff is littered with youth. Over 69 percent of the Golden Gopher roster is made up of underclassmen, and those same vermin are led by first year head coach P.J. Fleck. At just 36 years old, Fleck is the youngest coach in the Big Ten and the 4th youngest in all of college football.
 
But although he undoubtedly outpaces Iowa’s head man in spryness and original hair color, we can take solace in the fact that 62 year-old Kirk Ferentz is a tenured ‘professor’ of the coaching institution who doesn’t have to take any crap from some young whipper-snapper in Minneapolis.
 
I mean who the Fleck does this guy think he is?
 
More good news is that Iowa has already made a habit of swatting down the ‘millennials’ of college football head coaches in 2017, sending both 37 year-old Matt Campbell of Iowa State and 38 year-old Seth Littrell of North Texas home with a big fat ‘L’ on their respective records.
 
But perhaps even more important are the material stakes surrounding this rivalry match-up. Saturday will mark the 83rd meeting between the two schools with Floyd of Rosedale on the line (for those who don’t know, Floyd is a glorious 98 pound trophy of a pig that’s awarded to the Iowa-Minnesota winner each year).
 
In the spirit of said farm animal, and solely for the sake of this week’s game, I elected to run a scientific study in order to compare the level of affection Iowans and Minnesotans have for bacon. The results of said study (which was totally above board BTW) conclusively showed that us Iowans are far superior lovers of the world’s finest breakfast item.
 
Such findings could prove crucial to the victorious side in Saturday’s contest.

So let’s just ignore Iowa’s record this one time, as well as any lingering depression we may or may not be feeling in the aftermath of last weekend. Because the honest truth is this:
 
The outcome of the next game will have nothing to do with statistics or strategy. We’re going to win it because our cantankerous, elderly bunch of Hawkeyes will hit harder, execute better, and coach smarter than any lousy group of juvenile gophers brazen enough to step foot in Kinnick Stadium (named after another old guy as it happens!).
 
Oh, and also, WE’RE NOT GIVING UP THAT BEAUTIFUL BRONZE PIG.
 
See you all on Saturday, and make sure you leave room for a late breakfast.
 
Go Hawks!

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2017 Football Game Watch: Iowa vs. North Texas

Football Game Watch #3
Iowa Hawkeyes vs. North Texas Mean Green

Saturday, September 16, 2017, 12:30 p.m. Pacific time.
Barney’s Beanery (2 locations: Santa Monica and Redondo Beach) 

IOWA VS NORTH TEXAS
And just like that, all of Ames went silent.  Easily one of the most memorable Cy-Hawk battles of all time, Nate Stanley not only silenced Jack Trice Stadium; but every fan that doubted his abilities as a playmaker.  X’s and O’s, talent and rankings simply don’t matter in rivalry games as a true rivalry is fueled off passion, emotion and hatred of your enemy.  The Cyclones are a much better team than most experts would acknowledge, and when adversity came knocking; the Hawkeyes answered the challenge.
 
What’s the opposite of high?  Hitting a low, and that is what Iowa must avoid when North Texas visits the pink locker room.  The energy and excitement won’t be the same, but for the 100 players suiting up; it’s still the most important game of the season.  First year play-caller Brian Ferentz is just as much a work in progress as his young quarterback.  As he finesses, the team will finesse as well.  This game is built for Brian to showcase his running backs.  Akrum Wadley and James Butler will be the workhorses, and that means the offensive line will have to create the holes.  James Daniels return was the best news Stanley could have received but the line re-adjusts again losing Ike Boettger for the season due to an Achilles injury.
 
No one predicted Iowa to have much of a passing attack, but with the emergence of Nick Easley, Noah Fant and true freshman Ihmir Smith-Marsette; Stanley is finding weapons all over the field.  Stanley’s job over the next few days of practice is finding the chemistry with them to convert on big play opportunities, instead of leaving 3 potential scores off the board as was the case in Ames.  That timing comes with more practice, more experience and knowing your receivers speed and acceleration. 
 
Wyoming was held to 3 points, but the Cyclones certainly exposed a weakness of the defense.  This is why coaches get paid the big bucks, you don’t know what is broken until it happens; their job is to fix it.  The defense was expected to receive a boost with the return of corner Manny Rugamba, but that wasn’t the case as he showed in-game rust.  There will be a lot of time spent in the classroom reviewing game film, as Iowa was sucked into over-pursuits one too many times.  The zone defense was a head scratcher and left a lot of open space for receivers to roam free against linebackers who can’t match that kind of speed.  The Mean Green from Texas won’t present the same challenges, so the D needs to focus on controlling the line of scrimmage and pressuring the QB.  Defensive lineman AJ Epenesa has earned more playing time and could be the one key to creating a consistent rush needed to force QB’s into making errors. 
 
With Penn State looming in the background, it could be easy for Iowa to lose focus of North Texas.  For me, this game is about Brian Ferentz and does he bring a new attitude to the table.  When Banks, Clark and yes; Brian himself were the show, they destroyed inferior opponents at will.  The killer instinct hasn’t been in Iowa City for some time, and this is Brian’s opportunity to remind college football that Iowa is a powerhouse program and only the big dogs run with us.  Set the tone early and handle the job convincingly.  In case they didn’t get the memo, let them know why it’s called the Hawkeye State. Go Hawks!

BEST. GAME WATCH. EVER.
Official 2017 Iowa Football Game Watches will only be in Santa Monica and Redondo Beach this season.  Many of you have enjoyed getting together at our Pasadena game watch location, but only Santa Monica and Redondo Beach will be honoring our 40% off food and drinks specials.  If this changes in the future, we’ll let you know; apologies for any inconveniences this causes. 

Check out the fun and excitement at this year’s game watches. Wear your Hawkeye gear to get 40% off food and drinks during the game.

Santa Monica
1351 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA 90401 310.656.5777
Santa Monica will once again be the featured Iowa Hawkeyes game watch location. We’ll continue with full sound for both top and lower areas, with the majority of TV’s tuned to our game. 

Redondo Beach
100 Fisherman’s Wharf, Suite H, Redondo Beach, CA 90277 424.275.4820
Redondo Beach will build on last season’s great turnout of incredible fans. Bonus: beach and ocean views. Look for Game Watch Coordinator Garrett Darland. 
http://barneysbeanery.com/
 
RSVP on Facebook to let us know you’re coming!
Be sure to support the waitstaff at Barney’s, our terrific sponsor. Please tip on the full bill. We look forward to seeing everyone at the game watch. 
If you’re interested in helping host the game watches (or volunteering with the club in other areas of need), please reply and let us know.
 
GO HAWKS!
 
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2017 Football Game Watch: Iowa vs. Iowa State

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) 

IOWA VS IOWA STATE
Preparing for top NFL draft prospect Josh Allen was no easy feat, but the Hawkeye defense made a huge statement allowing just 3 points.  The team celebration won’t last long, as clearly this season is a work in progress and the coaching staff will get right back on the field to improve.  The clash between bitter foes is next, and one team will walk away claiming victory and bragging rights across the entire state of Iowa.
 
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!

Go Hawks!

BEST. GAME WATCH. EVER.
Official 2017 Iowa Football Game Watches will only be in Santa Monica and Redondo Beach this season.  Many of you have enjoyed getting together at our Pasadena game watch location, but only Santa Monica and Redondo Beach will be honoring our 40% off food and drinks specials.  If this changes in the future, we’ll let you know; apologies for any inconveniences this causes. 

Check out the fun and excitement at this year’s game watches. Wear your Hawkeye gear to get 40% off food and drinks during the game.

Santa Monica
1351 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA 90401 310.656.5777
Santa Monica will once again be the featured Iowa Hawkeyes game watch location. We’ll continue with full sound for both top and lower areas, with the majority of TV’s tuned to our game. 

Redondo Beach
100 Fisherman’s Wharf, Suite H, Redondo Beach, CA 90277 424.275.4820
Redondo Beach will build on last season’s great turnout of incredible fans. Bonus: beach and ocean views. Look for Game Watch Coordinator Garrett Darland. 
http://barneysbeanery.com/
 
RSVP on Facebook to let us know you’re coming!
Be sure to support the waitstaff at Barney’s, our terrific sponsor. Please tip on the full bill. We look forward to seeing everyone at the game watch. 
If you’re interested in helping host the game watches (or volunteering with the club in other areas of need), please reply and let us know.
GO HAWKS!
 
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2017 Football Game Watch: Iowa vs. Wyoming

Football Game Watch #1
Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Wyoming Cowboys

Saturday, September 2, 2017, 9:00 a.m. Pacific time.
Barney’s Beanery (2 locations: Santa Monica and Redondo Beach) 

IOWA VS WYOMING
Big Ten Football- It’s brutal, unforgiving, emotional, passionate and its history rivals any conference in college football.  Where all the talk of football experts means nothing, as there are no weeks off; no matter who you play.  Who will this year’s Iowa Hawkeyes be?  That’s unknown, but we do know they’ll be different.  And unless you’re one of those talking heads that just hasn’t Herd, the Hawkeyes are just fine flying under the radar.  This Saturday, Iowa will get their first opportunity to make noise of their own.
 
Wyoming’s rise in college football can be traced right back here to California.  Quarterback Josh Allen is widely considered the number one draft pick in next year’s NFL Draft, as the Firebaugh, California native capitulated the Cowboys to the Mountain West Conference Championship game and Poinsettia Bowl last season.  Maybe a nominee for Kevonte Martin-Manley’s 2 Star of the year, Allen truly has earned the 5th; receiving only 3 offers coming out of high school.  Two top 25 teams were saddled by the Cowboys last season, and a win on the road against Iowa solidify his worth as an NFL QB.  Wyoming is built around scoring a lot of points, averaging 35 a game last season.  Not exactly what a Kirk Ferentz team would like to have to keep pace with.  Allen led the conference with 28 touchdowns, so expect this to be two polar opposites of offenses.  All is not well in Laramie, Wyoming, 8 players have been suspended or dismissed from the team earlier this year.  How well Allen can move this offense without his full arsenal will be put to the test right out the gate.
 
Kirk Ferentz returns as college football’s longest tenured head coach, and he’s bringing back familiar faces with former Iowa offensive lineman Brian Ferentz taking command of the offense, alongside Ken O’Keefe.  Yeah, that guy!  Hey, he wasn’t always a fan favorite, but after lackluster offenses under Greg Davis, KOK is a pleasant return for many fans.  Sometime between now, and when you read this, a decision will be made on who will lead the offense to the field.  It’s down to Nathan Stanley and Tyler Wiegers, neither QB has done enough to solidify their position in Ferentz’s eyes.  That’s tough for Hawk fans to digest, as it’s not entirely clear if they’re both excelling or if there hasn’t been enough separation since spring practice.  There is no lack of confidence on what is expected to be one of college football’s best offensive lines.  Akrum Wadley is a dynamic back, and most expect his opportunities to grow even more his senior season.  An already hyped backfield received a huge boost when Nevada graduate transfer James Butler announced he wanted to be a Hawkeye.  This duo could duplicate last year’s production between Wadley and LeShun Daniels.  A mostly inexperienced wide receiver corp, but Matt VandeBurg’s return from injury should assist on key 3rdconversions.
 
The Defense lost its King, as the LA Chargers drafted Desmond King in the 5th round.  While the losses of King and Jaleel Johnson leave big holes to fill, Josey Jewell will be a wrecking ball of havoc for offensive coordinators.  Corner Manny Rugamba earned playing time as a true freshman and if he plays to his potential, should have a good season.  Upfront, there’s solid experience, only time will tell if players are ready to step into their roles and pick up where this defense was last year. The D has potential to be great, but be patient, practice makes perfect.
 
These Cowboys are not America’s team, but we may be looking at the next Dak Prescott.  We don’t need history lessons, be ready to play anybody, anytime, anywhere.  Go Hawks!

 

BEST. GAME WATCH. EVER.
Official 2017 Iowa Football Game Watches will only be in Santa Monica and Redondo Beach this season.  Many of you have enjoyed getting together at our Pasadena game watch location, but only Santa Monica and Redondo Beach will be honoring our 40% off food and drinks specials.  If this changes in the future, we’ll let you know; apologies for any inconveniences this causes. 

Check out the fun and excitement at this year’s game watches. Wear your Hawkeye gear to get 40% off food and drinks during the game.

Santa Monica
1351 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA 90401 310.656.5777
Santa Monica will once again be the featured Iowa Hawkeyes game watch location. We’ll continue with full sound for both top and lower areas, with the majority of TV’s tuned to our game. 
 
Redondo Beach
100 Fisherman’s Wharf, Suite H, Redondo Beach, CA 90277 424.275.4820
Redondo Beach will build on last season’s great turnout of incredible fans. Bonus: beach and ocean views. Look for Game Watch Coordinator Garrett Darland. 
http://barneysbeanery.com/
 
RSVP on Facebook to let us know you’re coming!
Be sure to support the waitstaff at Barney’s, our terrific sponsor. Please tip on the full bill. We look forward to seeing everyone at the game watch. 
If you’re interested in helping host the game watches (or volunteering with the club in other areas of need), please reply and let us know.
GO HAWKS!
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