There's really not much to say about a game like yesterday's 45-17 Iowa win over Lousiania-Monroe. One of the few things I hate about 1-A is you can play the cupcake games against lower tier teams or 1-AA teams and they really don't matter (unless of course you lose). In 1-AA if they play a Division 2 or lower school (kind of the equivlent at that level) it still counts as a win on the schedule, but not for playoff consideration, and it does come back to cost quite a few teams postseason. You think 1-A non-conference schedules would look better if you told them wins over lower tier teams or 1-AA teams DIDN'T count toward bowl eligibility?
Anyhow, the number one thing for me was the no-huddle. It shows Kirk Ferentz is adapting to the kind of team he has, something fans worried about after the Iowa State loss. With a defense that is a bit more suspect, and one of the best collections of wide receiver talent in school history (I call them Marvin & The McNutts), winning with their more traditional look would be tough to impossible.
Marcus Coker still doesnt look right. Step forward for sure, but I need to see it in Big Ten play. I think the running play in the first where he bounced off a hit and ran for a big gain to set up a score may be a sign things are turning around. That hit seemed to wake him up from a season-long funk for that moment.
Lot of worries about the defense. I'm not passing too much judgement from yesterday. Monroe ran a lot of trick play gimmick stuff (two quarterbacks in the backfield at once), and throttling a team at half I can understand a letdown. What does concern me is the lack of pressure on quarterbacks.
Doing a Texas two step-great timing for A&M and the SEC. After more than a month of teasing us it became official this week as one of their best football teams ever, a real contender for the national title, whooped up on Oklahoma State. Wait what?
|This is about the only good thing to come out of Minnesota sports these days|