I never liked roller coasters as a kid, so maybe that’s why this Iowa football season has a sickening feel to it. There are moments of brilliance (Michigan, Pitt comeback, even the time where they began rallying against Michigan State). And then they are canceled out by equally inept moments. This is the definition of a mediocre 6-6 football team, which is probably what Iowa will be. The Hawkeyes couldn’t win on the road when they were in title contention, why should we believe they will now, especially after the way last year’s team quit in the end at Minnesota when title hopes were gone?
Though the schedule is even more favorable, the question will be whether or not Iowa’s recruiting can pull in enough talent to turn the corner from a 6-7 win type of season to an 8-11 win campaign.
Perhaps if Iowa State gets to six wins we’ll get a CyHawk rematch in a bowl game. I’m guessing the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas or the Ticket City Bowl don’t draw well that often, and since Iowa and ISU will likely land in the middle to bottom of their conference packs (right where those bowls pick from), I’m guessing one of them tries to invite both knowing that Hawkeye and Cyclone fans would probably flock to Antarctica if they were playing down there.
All of which begs the very reasonable question of how in the hell Iowa State will win one of their last three. I think Kansas State is still the best bet. The Wildcats play no defense and the Cyclones showed they can roll up the points on defenseless teams provided they don’t commit turnovers (Iowa and Texas Tech).
Congrats to Drake football on winning the Pioneer League. They weren’t that far from finishing a perfect season.
I’m setting the over-under on points for Royce White against Drake at 30 Tuesday night. The Bulldogs best big men are hurt, and I just don’t see who they can put out to stop him. Be ready for some more highlight reel dunks.
The Hawkeye hoopsters will be 2-0 by this time tomorrow after playing something called North Carolina A&T. The nicest thing I can say about the last team they played, Chicago State, is that their uniforms were secondhand store quality (hence their play?), but the story of that game for me was the fact 12,000 people came out to see it. There were quite a few empty seats and they had some kind of dance mob promotion too, but I’d still say the actual attendance was around 10,000. That’s pretty good on a Friday night against a garbage team. Clearly fans are dying for a winner. Iowa will be 3-0 (Northern Illinois follows on Thursday) when they come to Des Moines to play Creighton next Sunday. We’ll learn then against a good Blue Jay team whether there is real cause for optimism in Iowa City.
Those who know me think this is long overdue, but I think I need psychiatric help NOW. I watched the entire Chiefs-Broncos game. If you wasted your time watching one of the worst offensive football games since people wore leather helmets, I highly suggest you join me.
Anytime somebody tries to tell you how much smarter about football head coaches are, just ask why so many of them keep kicking to Devin Hester.