Tuesday, October 12, 2010

D-Rob, A-Rob, and A-gents

Kirk Ferentz is widely regarded as one of the best coaches in the country --- but when it comes to close games, he's one of the worst. Fanhouse.com crunched the numbers and, over the last 5 years, Iowa is 11-15 in games decided by 8 points or less. That ranks last among all 27 teams that have competed in BCS games since 2005. Cincinnati is first. http://ncaafootball.fanhouse.com/2010/10/12/mcmurphys-law-lsus-mad-hatter-is-really-a-mad-genius/

The Hawkeyes are tired of talking about Denard Robinson. Let's just hope that, come Saturday, they don't get tired of chasing him. The Michigan QB is averaging 3 touchdowns a game, while the Hawks haven't allowed a touchdown since the Arizona game. Michigan State handled the Wolverines, with relative ease, last week. That doesn't mean Iowa fans shouldn't be worried about going into "The Big House". It's still Michigan, they're still 5-1, with the Heisman Trophy front-runner, and the Hawks have only one win in Ann Arbor since 1990. I think Iowa returns with a win, but it won't be easy.

It's a shame the Buckeyes and the Spartans don't play each other, this season. I highly doubt both teams will go unbeaten, but a perfect season isn't out of the question for Michigan State. Sparty's toughest game is in Iowa City on October 30th. MSU's other five games are against Illinois, Northwestern, Minnesota, Purdue, and Penn State.

Chris Williams, of Cyclonefanatic fame, reports that Alexander Robinson practiced (without pads) for ISU, Tuesday. The 'Clones are a 24 point underdog at #6 Oklahoma, Saturday night. I think you'd be hard pressed to find many Cyclone fans giving their team a chance, in Norman. But, let's not forget, the last time Iowa State got whipped this bad, at home, was in 2007 (56-3 to Texas). The following week, #4 OU came to Jack Trice, ISU darn near pulled the upset. Don't hold your breath.

The Rays and Rangers are playing game 5 of the ALDS, as I type, but I can't watch. There's nothing worse than trying to watch a game being played in a dungeon with weird horn sounds and catwalks effecting routine fly balls.

If you're a sports fan, you'll probably find this article interesting. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/magazine/10/12/agent/index.html

News blooper of the day http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aiSTAcYl0_w

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