Bye week feels even longer after a painful loss. The east coast trip to Maryland proved to be too much for the Hawkeyes, as they simply could not move the chains. Pat Fitzgerald leads his hungry Wildcats into Iowa City, a place where they know who to win.
Will the real Jake Rudock please stand up? A spectacular performance against Indiana was followed up by a dreadful outing against Maryland. So much for the two quarterback system, CJ Beathard didn’t take a snap. Maybe a perfect storm of mistakes, but the offense hasn’t found an identity, and offensive strategy doesn’t make a lot of sense. There’s good talent on this team, and that’s what drives most Hawk fans crazy. It’s up to the coaches to make a strategic change, the offense needs to worry less about time of possession and worry more about scoring points.
In every league; flag, Pop Warner or even Snoop Dogg Youth football; every coach yells “Wrap up!” That means that you secure the tackle with both arms wrapping the ball carrier. This basic fundamental better become the priority for the defense. Youth in certain positions was expected, but giving up the big plays consistently was not. The defense has always carried a Ferentz lead squad, but the truth is; you should demand the same product from both the offense and the defense.
More than anything, this team needs confidence, and they might be able to find some against the Wildcats. This is not the best Northwestern team Iowa has faced, but in years past that hasn’t always mattered anyway. Expect a heavy dose of running, and a second half appearance from Beathard. Northwestern will hit Iowa with all it has, but the defense will re-emerge at just the right time to seal the victory. This week is on the coaches, they have to adjust and lead this team back in the right direction.
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 Kirk Ferentz signed mini helmet, 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!
If you would like to show your LA Hawkeye pride, then don’t forget to order your LA IOWA Club t-shirt. They can be purchased at your favorite gamewatch location for $15. Please find your Gamewatch coordinator for details. Limited supplies are left.
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