Iowa Hawkeyes: Another Day, Another Double Digit Upset Loss

It was just another Saturday afternoon of Iowa football. Another day, another game of less than 200 passing yards.  Another day, another failed third down draw on a scoring drive. Another day, another fourth quarter punt from inside the opponents 40-yard-line. Another day, another critical third down pass play delivered short of the sticks.  Oh, Iowa threw in some new wrinkles. They had a player ejected for targeting. At one point, they trotted two field goal kickers out on to the field, unsure who they really wanted trying to attempt the game tying kick. Coach Kirk Ferentz provided the final cherry on top by calling timeout, negating a missed Iowa State field goal at the buzzer. Of course, when the teams finally did line up for that final play, the kick sailed right down the middle for the winning points. Another day, another bad loss to Iowa State, the Hawks fifth in the last seven years. More notably, it was another day, another loss by Iowa as double digit favorites. That was the 12th time since 2006 that Iowa has lost outright as such heavy favorites. To compare, Michigan, as mediocre as it has become for the Maize and Blue, have not done that since losing

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Big 10 Picks, Week 3: Eastern Division Edition

Our punishment for being Big Ten fans is we have to write about the conference. We breezed through the league’s Western Division schedule earlier, so now let’s take a look at what is going on in the East today. Michigan State is off this week. They deserve a break, reward for producing the best effort in the Big Ten a week ago. Sure, they lost by 19 and gave up 47 points. But consider they forced Oregon to use their punter more than once, held them scoreless for almost 20 minutes of game time and spent the better part of the second and third quarters outplaying the mighty Ducks at Autzen. Everyone lauds Stanford for taking down the Ducks, but don’t forget the Cardinal spent 201o and 2011 getting smoked by Oregon. It takes awhile to figure out how to contain those guys for a full game. Will the Spartans get another crack, say this winter, in the playoffs? I’d hold off until we see what the picture looks like when November starts to begin day dreaming there. But, in the meantime, take the week off and continue to bask in the best win by the Big 10 last week. PENN STATE AT RUTGERS, 8:00,

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Big Ten Picks, Week 3: West Division Edition

A quick rundown with predictions on the Big Ten West action tomorrow. Stay tuned for an exciting Big Ten East rundown later in the day!!! IOWA ST AT IOWA, 3:30, ESPN LINES: IOWA -11, OVER/UNDER 49.5 Down 13-3 to Ball State with five minutes to go last week, it looked like Iowa was going to lose to a MAC squad. Again. They lost to Central in 2012 and Northern Illinois last year. But the Hawks side stepped that fate with two touchdowns in the closing minutes to escape with a 17-13 win. Congratulations, Iowa! You avoided losing to a MAC team for the third year in a row!! Not even Indiana has done that.  At least I dont think. Let’s not look that up and just assume it’s true. But we know you didn’t, Iowa. You dodged the bullet at the very end! ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED!! Or whatever we’re calling it these days. Regardless, Iowa you may now go back to being the darkhorse in the sloppy Big 10 West race. Try not to use the reprieve to out-derp Iowa State in the annual Cy-Hawk grudge match. I never felt this was going to be on one of those years where Iowa State gives Iowa much

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