Last Gamewatch of the Season: Iowa vs. Nebraska (FRIDAY!!)

Recap of Last Week: Last week the Hawks extended their losing streak to 5 games when they were outmatched on the road at Michigan.  The Hawkeyes had won the three previous meetings but Michigan’s seniors got revenge scoring 28 unanswered points and won by a final score of 42 – 17 (it wasn’t as close as the score…).

There were some major changes off the field since Iowa’s last game.  The Big Ten appears to be expanding by two more teams – Maryland and Rutgers.  If the transaction is finalized the two teams will be added to the Big Ten schedule in 2014.

This week…Hopefully many of you will be attending the game while visiting family and friends for Thanksgiving weekend.  The Hawks certainly have their work cut-out for them.  The Nebraska Cornhuskers, led by quarterback Taylor Martinez, come into the game 9 – 2 overall and 6 – 1 in the Big Ten.  Nebraska should be hungry as they are seeking a win and a spot in the Big Ten title game.  This situation is the perfect opportunity to upset our newest rival and, potentially, prevent Nebraska from playing for the conference title.  If you are enjoying your turkey in SoCal find your way to your favorite Barney’s location and cheer on our beloved Hawks in their last game of the year!!!

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

The Deal: Enjoy 35% off all food and 50% off beverages for all who wear Iowa Gear (offer valid during the game only).  Please be courteous and gratuitous to Barney’s staff.

LA Iowa Club Board of Directors

2012 Gamewatch #11: Iowa vs. Michigan AND Food Drive

Recap of Last Week: Last week the Hawkeyes lost to Purdue at home for the first time since 1992.  In a tie game the Hawkeye’s gave Purdue the ball with just 16 seconds left to play.  Purdue’s offense completed a 20-yard pass play to set-up a field goal opportunity with just a few ticks on the clock.  Sure enough, Purdue’s kicker converted a 46-yard field goal as time expired to upend the Hawks 27 to 24.  It was heartbreaking.

This week…The Hawkeyes have lost 4 straight Big 10 games and now face their first ranked opponent of the season.  Michigan is 7 – 3 on the season and currently ranked #21 in the BCS.  The good news is that it is still uncertain if Michigan’s star quarterback, Denard Robinson, will play Saturday.  The bad news is that Robinson’s backup, Devin Gardner, has led Michigan to back-to-back victories and the offense is not missing a beat.  Michigan’s defense is a different story.  It allowed over 430 yards last week so it will be interesting to see if the Hawks can continue to control the football (#12 in the country in turnover margin) and put up some points.  The Hawks have won the last three match-ups against Michigan.  Michigan needs a win to stay alive in the Big 10 title hunt and the Hawks must win to have a shot at a bowl game.  It should be a good one.  Only two gamewatches left this year!  Get out to your favorite Barney’s location to cheer on our Hawkeyes!

**Also, please remember to bring some non-perishable food items to the Santa Monica Barney’s Beanery for our Annual Food Drive to support local families who are hungry. Please see previous post for information on the food drive.

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

Raffle Location: SANTA MONICA
Everyone in their black & gold will receive the first raffle ticket for FREE. Additional Raffle tickets can be purchased 2 for $1 for some great Hawkeye Prizes. All proceeds will go to the LA Iowa Club to help grow the club and provide scholarships for Los Angeles High School students to attend the University of Iowa.

The Deal: Enjoy 35% off food and 50% off beverages for all who wear Iowa Gear (offer valid during the game only).  Please be courteous and gratuitous to Barney’s Staff.

-LA Iowa Board of Directors

LA Iowa Club Food Drive – Nov. 17th at Barneys

The Los Angeles Iowa Club is partnering with the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank to help provide food for the hungry this Thanksgiving. As you prepare for another Gamewatch against Michigan on Saturday, November 17th, the LA Iowa Club is asking its members to donate at least 1 non-perishable item to the Santa Monica Gamewatch location. We will have a box available to drop off your donation at the Gamewatch site. The LA Iowa Club’s target is to donate 100 pounds of food toward this effort.

We would also like the other Gamewatch locations to get involved if someone at Pasadena, Burbank, or West Hollywood Barney’s would be willing to help out. All we would ask is that a box is available to collect the donations and we can help coordinate to get the food to the LA Regional Food Bank. If you would like to help, please send us an e-mail at laiowaclub@yahoo.com no later than November 10th.

Examples of non-perishable items to donate:

Canned Chicken, Powdered Milk, Canned Tuna, Saltine Crackers, Soups, Juices, White Rice, Jarred or Canned Spaghetti Sauce, Grape Jelly, Canned Vegetables, Breakfast Cereals, Pork & Beans, Peanut Butter, Macaroni & Cheese, Pasta, Popcorn, Salt, Sugar, Flour, Ketchup, etc.

**Los Angeles Hawks, let’s do our part and help the LA Regional Food Bank achieve their goal, and see that no one goes hungry in Los Angeles County.

2012 Gamewatch #10: Iowa vs. Purdue

Recap of Last Week: The game was delayed 60 minutes due to lightning but the Hawkeyes started fast scoring two touchdowns within 12 seconds to take a 14 – 0 first quarter lead.  It was downhill from there.  Indiana’s passing attack, led by wide receiver Cody Latimer, moved the ball with consistency and dropped the Hawkeyes 24 to 21.  The loss dropped the Hawks to 4 – 5 overall and 2 – 3 in B1G 10 play. Worse, the Hawkeyes now need to win 2 of their final 3 games to be bowl eligible.

This week. Family Week in I.C.! Last week’s loss changed the outlook for the season dramatically.  As mentioned, the Hawks need to win 2 of their final 3 games to get to 6 wins and become bowl eligible.  It certainly won’t be easy but with Michigan and Nebraska looming there is a great opportunity to play “the spoiler”.  This week should be another interesting contest as the Hawks host the Purdue Boilermakers.  Purdue comes in losers of their last 5 consecutive games.  Last week they were dumped by Penn State in a similar fashion as we were. Don’t look for them to run the ball though.  Purdue threw the ball 62 times in last week’s loss, the most passing attempts by a B1G 10 team this season.  With Purdue’s recent struggles it should be a good opportunity to get back in the WIN column and end this season on a positive note.  This week is “black-out” week at Kinnick.  Dawn your (mostly) Black N Gold and find your way to your favorite Barney’s location to cheer on our Hawkeyes!

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

The Deal: Enjoy 35% off food and 50% off beverages for all who wear Iowa Gear (offer valid during the game only).  Please be courteous and gratuitous to Barney’s Staff.

-LA Iowa Board of Directors

2012 Gamewatch #9: Iowa vs. Indiana

Recap of Last Week: Last Saturday looked very similar to the Saturday before that…horrible with not much to cheer about.  This is not a good trend.  The Hawkeyes surrendered 349 rushing yards in last week’s disappointing loss (28 to 17) at Northwestern.  The score wasn’t that close and Iowa has allowed 564 yards on the ground the last two weeks.  Both sides of the ball will need to play better moving forward.  According to ESPN the Hawkeyes are ranked 10th (out of 12) in the B1G 10 – not good.

Now to this week…The Hawkeyes find themselves at 4 – 4 overall and 2 – 2 in the B1G 10.  This week’s game at Indiana is a pivotal game.  With a loss it would appear to be a bowl-less season but a win makes the remainder of the season interesting and an opportunity to play spoiler to Michigan and move up in the bowl picture.  Indiana comes into the game at 3 – 5 overall and 1 – 3 in the B1G 10.  It should be a very close game.  Indiana has lost four games this season by four points or less (combined 10 points) and Iowa has lost two games by three points or less (combined four points).  Indiana’s pass offense is the best in the B1G 10 which could mean serious problems for our reeling defense.  If the defense can overcome Indiana’s charge and Iowa’s offense can get running back Damon Bullock on track we should find success.  Iowa holds a 42 – 27 advantage in the series dating back to 1912 and we should expect to continue our dominance.  Iowa is a 1.5 underdog and the thought of losing to measly Indiana should be more than enough motivation.  Noon game this week so no excuses.  Get out to your favorite Barney’s location to cheer on our Hawkeyes!

Raffle Location: SANTA MONICA
Everyone in their black & gold will receive the first raffle ticket for FREE. Additional Raffle tickets can be purchased 2 for $1 for some great Hawkeye Prizes. All proceeds will go to the LA Iowa Club to help grow the club and provide scholarships for Los Angeles High School students to attend the University of Iowa.

The Deal: Enjoy 35% off food and 50% off beverages for all who wear Iowa Gear (offer valid during the game only).  Please be courteous and gratuitous to Barney’s Staff.

LA Iowa Board of Directors