Football Game Watch: Iowa vs. Penn State

Saturday, November 5, 2016, 4:30 p.m. Pacific time
Barney’s Beanery (3 locations: Santa Monica, Redondo Beach, and Pasadena)

IOWA VS PENN STATE
Well, so much for a cupcake schedule…Iowa suddenly finds itself searching for bowl eligibility in the home stretch, going on the road facing 12th ranked Penn State. The Nittany Lions propelled themselves up the rankings after shocking playoff contenders Ohio State. The Hawkeyes face top 25 teams 4 of the last 5 weeks of the season.
The Nittany Lions have exceeded expectations, and are riding a confidence high; putting up 62 points against Purdue. The talent is blossoming in State College and the timing couldn’t be better for Head Coach James Franklin. After disappointing seasons, Franklin was feeling the heat from frustrated fans to get things moving in the right direction. Confidence starts with your quarterback and Trace McSorely gives them the right balance, with just three interceptions on the season; and impressive accuracy on the long ball. McSorely has completed passes of over 40, 50, 70 and 80 yards consistently. The offense is built on taking risk and taking shots down the field, and whenever that isn’t working; McSorely takes things into his own hands with his lightening quick feet. While knocking off the Buckeyes, the world was also introduced to tailback Saquon Barkley. Barkley considers himself a perfectionist and currently leads the Big 10 in rushing yards. After putting up 207 yards against Purdue, he’ll be a nightmare for any defender trying to wrap up.
The Hawkeyes are hoping for a big road win and their 6th win of the season. This is familiar territory for Iowa, and the “White Out” isn’t likely to rattle them. The Jekyll and Hyde show has actually been more effective on the road, so there’s a bit of odd confidence rolling in. Offensive Coordinator Greg Davis is getting plenty of attention in the media these days, as questions regarding offensive production are at an all-time high. Nine points was never going to beat Wisconsin, so if you’re asking the defense to keep opponent totals under 10, you’re likely to lose. The coaching staff had a week off to fix the glaring holes and we’ll have to wait and see what they came up with. When the offense is working, the O-line is creating gaps for the tailbacks to break through. The recent trend slowing the Hawkeyes, are opponents stacking the box; daring Iowa to beat them through the air. The dare is paying off, as LeShun Daniels and Akrum Wadley are facing a wall of defenders. Coach Davis will need to reach deep into his bag of imagination and find ways to keep the Nittany Lions guessing as to what’s coming next.
The Iowa D faced a tough Wisconsin offense and played pretty well despite the loss. It’s not going to get easier this week and may actually prove to be more difficult to maintain a dual threat QB. Overall, there has been a lot of growth from the front line; they are getting into the backfield forcing plays. The linebacker/secondary has to keep fundamentals at a premium. Shoulder bumps instead of wrap up tackles have allowed short gains to turn into impact plays against Iowa. Until the offense can find their way, the defense will need to come to the rescue. Can Desmond King channel 2009 Adrian Clayborn and put up 6 points of his own?
Iowa’s opening possession will say a lot about how this game will go. One first down can set the tone, avoid the 3 and out and you build the confidence that the offense can get the job done. I don’t know about anyone else, but I would be just fine grabbing the headlines for one night upsetting Penn State at home! Let’s Go Hawks!

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LA Hawkeyes: Do you want to be on “The Price is Right” college rivalry episode?

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Students and alumni of the University of Iowa will have a chance to compete against contestants from rival schools (e.g., Iowa State) for cars, trips, amazing prizes, and of course bragging rights!

This will be a fun and exciting show. The producers of “The Price is Right” are looking forward to having the University of Iowa participate.

If this is of interest to you, e-mail the club at laiowaclub@gmail.com. Give us the names of those interested in participating. Many club members have already expressed their interest. Later, in the booking phase, we’ll get in touch with you as to the date and other particulars.

Jump in on this! Let us know your interest by e-mail at laiowaclub.@gmail.com

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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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Football Game Watch: Iowa vs. Minnesota

Saturday, October 8, 2016, 9:00 a.m. Pacific time

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

IOWA VS MINNESOTA

It’s okay Hawk Nation, you can be frustrated; but the season is far from over.  Other than the Cy-Hawk trophy, there’s no bigger rivalry than Minnesota and the battle for Floyd of Rosedale.  Iowa heads North in a key matchup against the 3-1 Gophers.

There’s one name that stands out for Minnesota and that is Quarterback Mitch Leidner.  He got my attention earlier this summer as he put in serious dedication to better himself.  He’s leaner, quicker, healthier and has a nasty attitude about the Hawkeyes.  We all know the Iowa-Minnesota hate is real, but Leidner clearly felt Iowa disrespected him during the recruiting process and has stated such.  He understands the importance to their fan base of winning and to show up the program that “Strung him along” is all the motivation he’ll need to come out guns blazing.  Minnesota’s struggles are near mirror images of the Hawks, the O-line is questionable; leaving Leidner to have to create his own plays.  The D-Line isn’t giving much help either, struggling to generate a pass rush.

Dissecting Iowa’s issues is both confusing and frustrating.  Looking at the offense, team chemistry is a glaring problem.  Pass protection has been poor and CJ Beathard hasn’t adjusted his pocket awareness enough to compensate.  Iowa has to keep Beathard moving with more play-action and designed runs to keep the linebackers in check from dialing up the blitz.  The run game is going to work best, when the Defense has to concern themselves with a deep ball threat.  Wide-out Jerminic Smith is the one guy who has the speed to do it, and did show he’s capable on the one opportunity he was given.  It may be time for the Hawks to cut the playbook loose and get the offense out of their comfort zone and give the defense an unexpected attack.  If the first 20 plays are scripted and you go 3 and out on your first series; throw it out.

Here’s the truth, there are 7 games remaining and Iowa has every chance to right this ship and propel themselves back into the national spotlight.  It begins Saturday, bringing Floyd back to Iowa City and this team needs Hawkeye Nation behind them more than ever!

Keys to victory on the road- get Beathard moving and breathe new life into the offense.  Defensively, take more risk and blitz the corners forcing QB’s into mistakes.  And finally, fire the officiating crew because they need serious help!

Let’s get the Hawk spirit fired up!  Barney’s Beanery will be ready to go and the food and drinks will be flowing!  Santa Monica, Redondo Beach, Pasadena…let’s get it on!

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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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