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Posted: 8/30/2014 6:34 PM

Howe: Don't Hit Panic Button 


Iowa sneaked past Northern Iowa, 31-23, Saturday in the season-opener at Kinnick. The close score will create some hand wringing from some Hawkeye fans but it shouldn't. As HI publisher Rob Howe writes, they should know better by now: 


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Posted: 8/30/2014 7:01 PM

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Great read.
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Posted: 8/30/2014 7:14 PM

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an ugly win is always better than an ugly loss

this staff is good and they will break things down in video sessions and get things fixed....hopefully  biggrin


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Posted: 8/30/2014 7:27 PM

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remember last years season opener at home when we lost to N. Illinois? Typical Ferentz teams, we start slow and build as the season goes on.
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Posted: 8/30/2014 7:47 PM

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So, it really is okay to almost lose to an FCS?  A win is a win, right?  So, we can beat UNI by 8 and that is equal to beating whoever kNU beat by almost 50?  National opinion will obviously be in our favor because a win is a win, right?
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Posted: 8/30/2014 7:50 PM

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Eastron, your picture got me thinking about Poggi and Austin Gray. Both were highly touted recruits (more highly touted than Morris) and neither one was able to get it going at Iowa. This makes me even more impressed with how this Ferentz's program is able to locate talent where other do not see it (Bower). I know its only one game, but he played a good game. Also, he did not looked lost or rattled.
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Posted: 8/30/2014 8:58 PM

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You are right Rob.  No need to panic.Yes, we have some things to improve on and the green secondary and LBs are at the top of the list.  Still not sure about our placekicking.  And our run blocking wasn't quite as good as I expected, but I'm not sure how many in the box UNI had at times.

Having said that I thought our pass blocking and passing game looked really good.  Hard to knock no interceptions and 76% passing Ruddock looked much better than a year ago.  The defensive line and run stopping by our defense was excellent..  David Johnson just doesn't get held down like that on the ground.  A game to build off of.  Now Ball State.
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Posted: 8/30/2014 8:59 PM

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ArvadaHawk wrote: So, it really is okay to almost lose to an FCS?  A win is a win, right?  So, we can beat UNI by 8 and that is equal to beating whoever kNU beat by almost 50?  National opinion will obviously be in our favor because a win is a win, right?
Going to take a stab and say UNI beats up on FAU and Nebby doesn't beat UNI by 7 TDs. FAU is quite obviously not a very good team.  
UNI is not getting the credit they deserve here. Farley is very good coach and fielded a number of very solid, well rounded teams. This year's group fits in that bill.

Iowa takes care of business like they should, all this comes out in the wash and nobody is going to care about week one.

Last edited 8/30/2014 9:03 PM by WizardHawk

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Posted: 8/30/2014 9:06 PM

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Northern Iowa is damn good this season and I think will end up winning their conference. I wasn't happy with how Iowa played at times but they got the win.

The key is how much they improve week to week. I'd rather have the cobwebs present now and have the chance to clean things up early.
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Posted: 8/30/2014 9:08 PM

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ArvadaHawk wrote: So, it really is okay to almost lose to an FCS?  A win is a win, right?  So, we can beat UNI by 8 and that is equal to beating whoever kNU beat by almost 50?  National opinion will obviously be in our favor because a win is a win, right?


Iowa almost lost to a FCS in 2009 -- in fact it took a miracle to win -- and that season turned out alright.
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Posted: 8/30/2014 9:09 PM

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DrHibbard wrote:
ArvadaHawk wrote: So, it really is okay to almost lose to an FCS?  A win is a win, right?  So, we can beat UNI by 8 and that is equal to beating whoever kNU beat by almost 50?  National opinion will obviously be in our favor because a win is a win, right?


Iowa almost lost to a FCS in 2009 -- in fact it took a miracle to win -- and that season turned out alright.
This UNI team is much better then that one was too.
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Posted: 8/30/2014 9:10 PM

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WizardHawk wrote:
ArvadaHawk wrote: So, it really is okay to almost lose to an FCS?  A win is a win, right?  So, we can beat UNI by 8 and that is equal to beating whoever kNU beat by almost 50?  National opinion will obviously be in our favor because a win is a win, right?
Going to take a stab and say UNI beats up on FAU and Nebby doesn't beat UNI by 7 TDs. FAU is quite obviously not a very good team.  
UNI is not getting the credit they deserve here. Farley is very good coach and fielded a number of very solid, well rounded teams. This year's group fits in that bill.

Iowa takes care of business like they should, all this comes out in the wash and nobody is going to care about week one.
All conjecture, Wiz.  All conjecture.
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Posted: 8/30/2014 9:14 PM

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DrHibbard wrote:
ArvadaHawk wrote: So, it really is okay to almost lose to an FCS?  A win is a win, right?  So, we can beat UNI by 8 and that is equal to beating whoever kNU beat by almost 50?  National opinion will obviously be in our favor because a win is a win, right?


Iowa almost lost to a FCS in 2009 -- in fact it took a miracle to win -- and that season turned out alright.
Well, that was 5 seasons ago and no players from either team are currently on today's rosters.  And Iowa has 2 coaches still on staff from 2009.  Otherwise, good point.  We're 1-0 just like in 2009.
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Posted: 8/30/2014 10:27 PM

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Except for today's games, the whole season is conjecture. 
ArvadaHawk wrote:
WizardHawk wrote:
ArvadaHawk wrote: So, it really is okay to almost lose to an FCS?  A win is a win, right?  So, we can beat UNI by 8 and that is equal to beating whoever kNU beat by almost 50?  National opinion will obviously be in our favor because a win is a win, right?
Going to take a stab and say UNI beats up on FAU and Nebby doesn't beat UNI by 7 TDs. FAU is quite obviously not a very good team.  
UNI is not getting the credit they deserve here. Farley is very good coach and fielded a number of very solid, well rounded teams. This year's group fits in that bill.

Iowa takes care of business like they should, all this comes out in the wash and nobody is going to care about week one.
All conjecture, Wiz.  All conjecture.
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Posted: 8/30/2014 10:34 PM

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ArvadaHawk, I can see you are gonna be a real joy after a loss. You know this was the first game. And we won. A 55 to 7 game would not have helped us as much as I believe this game will? lots to work on but, plenty to be proud of too. Good game.

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Posted: 8/30/2014 10:59 PM

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we will get hammered by the national press but so did the 2009 team, which was ranked as high as #4 in the country
ArvadaHawk wrote: So, it really is okay to almost lose to an FCS?  A win is a win, right?  So, we can beat UNI by 8 and that is equal to beating whoever kNU beat by almost 50?  National opinion will obviously be in our favor because a win is a win, right?


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Posted: 8/31/2014 12:00 AM

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Yeah cuz the communication problem with the secondary will never get fixed. Right?
ArvadaHawk wrote:
WizardHawk wrote:
ArvadaHawk wrote: So, it really is okay to almost lose to an FCS?  A win is a win, right?  So, we can beat UNI by 8 and that is equal to beating whoever kNU beat by almost 50?  National opinion will obviously be in our favor because a win is a win, right?
Going to take a stab and say UNI beats up on FAU and Nebby doesn't beat UNI by 7 TDs. FAU is quite obviously not a very good team.  
UNI is not getting the credit they deserve here. Farley is very good coach and fielded a number of very solid, well rounded teams. This year's group fits in that bill.

Iowa takes care of business like they should, all this comes out in the wash and nobody is going to care about week one.
All conjecture, Wiz.  All conjecture.
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Posted: 8/31/2014 12:45 AM

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ArvadaHawk wrote:
DrHibbard wrote:
ArvadaHawk wrote: So, it really is okay to almost lose to an FCS?  A win is a win, right?  So, we can beat UNI by 8 and that is equal to beating whoever kNU beat by almost 50?  National opinion will obviously be in our favor because a win is a win, right?


Iowa almost lost to a FCS in 2009 -- in fact it took a miracle to win -- and that season turned out alright.
Well, that was 5 seasons ago and no players from either team are currently on today's rosters.  And Iowa has 2 coaches still on staff from 2009.  Otherwise, good point.  We're 1-0 just like in 2009.



Last year Nebraska beat Southern Miss 56-13 and Iowa lost to Northern Illinois early in the year.  Later on in the same year, Iowa beat Nebraska 38-17.

If you want to go crying and become a Nebraska fan because they beat a nobody by 50 while Iowa won by 8 in week one, go ahead.
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Posted: 8/31/2014 1:06 AM

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Look, Johnson is legit from UNI.  Problem is they won't get any recognition unless they go undefeated from here on out.

Iowa got a nice win today (even though I'd like to see a larger margin of victory), but I would love to see some HUGE improvements from Spearman and Alston.  Our LB's are a big issue.

Again, nice win and people will realize how good northern Iowa is down the road.



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Posted: 8/31/2014 3:00 AM

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ArvadaHawk wrote:
DrHibbard wrote:
ArvadaHawk wrote: So, it really is okay to almost lose to an FCS?  A win is a win, right?  So, we can beat UNI by 8 and that is equal to beating whoever kNU beat by almost 50?  National opinion will obviously be in our favor because a win is a win, right?


Iowa almost lost to a FCS in 2009 -- in fact it took a miracle to win -- and that season turned out alright.
Well, that was 5 seasons ago and no players from either team are currently on today's rosters.  And Iowa has 2 coaches still on staff from 2009.  Otherwise, good point.  We're 1-0 just like in 2009.
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Posted: 8/31/2014 3:19 AM

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The receiving corps looked really good today and JR had a lot of opportunities to work with them in a game situation.
Anyone who thought our LBs and secondary were gonna step out and rock the world from game 1 just isn't really knowledgeable about Iowa football.
UNI are going to fight it out for the FCS championship this year. Look what reigning FCS champs ND State did to the Clowns. This after losing their HC and a slew of starters. There's a big drop-off between the FCS top 10 and the rest of the lot who get pantsed by 50 points. Proud to have another successful program in-state. We'll probably never face them again, so I say Go Panthers!
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Posted: 8/31/2014 6:53 AM

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Ask Wisky if they were happy tp get by NI a few years ago? And this team IS better than that one. Clean up coverage mistakes, come up with a better strategy on 4th and besides a sneak and air it out a bit earlier to help the run game (and we have a couple of deep threats to go to)

On the flip side I can't imagine how bad it feels to be a clown this morning.
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Posted: 8/31/2014 7:16 AM

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Agreed. At this point, we don't know whether UNI will be really good and/or a FCS playoff team or 7-5 again. So making blanket statements either way is too early.

On defense, Iowa has work to do, especially in the back 7. Alston and Spearman appear to struggle in space, but both look very good going after the QB and in the run game. The DL is good, probably better than I thought it might be. Ott put a big-time move on Rummels, the UNI LT, in the first half for a sack. Davis threw people around until he got a cramp, and LTP dominated (4 TFL and 2 sacks.). And then Iowa brings guys off the bench like Johnson and Ekakite, each of whom had a TFL. I am really growing to like Phil Parker as a d-coordinator. If something isn't working, he goes to something else. After UNI came to within 24-23 early in the fourth, the remaining 3 Panther drives went:

3 plays, 8 yards
3 plays, -11 yards
8 plays, 35 yards (Mabin intercepts)

Offense, I like the overall direction. Not going to get overly caught up in the play-calling but it just seems Iowa has trouble getting into a rhythm. Things look different if Iowa converts the 4th and inches in the first quarter and if Hamilton doesn't drop the pass in the 4th quarter, followed by Koehn's miss on the FG. Of course, things look different if UNI doesn't play so undisciplined either. Not sure what the Panther fans were complaining about on the officiating. When you have so many pre-snap penalties (offsides, procedure, delay of game) it's nearly impossible to win.

More jet sweep please, and more finding ways to get the ball to Willies, Smith and Powell. I like the running back distribution. Use Weisman near the goal line and mix in the other guys liberally.
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Posted: 8/31/2014 8:07 AM

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For those interested in crying, become an ISU fan and cry about losing to an FCS team by 20 at home the season after losing to another FCS team at home. There will be alot of crying in Ames this season.
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Posted: 8/31/2014 10:35 AM

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I don't see it. Everybody knows they are a basketball school after all. :)
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Posted: 8/31/2014 12:04 PM

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Would everyone feel better about the win, if UNI was a good MAC team? UNI could easily compete in the MAC.
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Posted: 8/31/2014 12:46 PM

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I feel safe saying that UNI is probably better than at least 4 teams Iowa's schedule: Ball St, ISU, Purdue, Illinois. Might also be better than Indiana and Northwestern.
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Posted: 8/31/2014 3:31 PM

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Wasn't this the same UNI team many knowledgable posters were proclaiming would be a tough out for Iowa's opener way in advance of the season starting? Then it comes to fruition and the hand wringing commences. Makes zero sense, unless people weren't paying attention.
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Posted: 9/3/2014 1:29 PM

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UNI is a good team, the 2nd best team in the State of Iowa behind the Hawkeyes.
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Posted: 9/3/2014 1:43 PM

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DrHibbard wrote:
ArvadaHawk wrote:
DrHibbard wrote:
ArvadaHawk wrote: So, it really is okay to almost lose to an FCS?  A win is a win, right?  So, we can beat UNI by 8 and that is equal to beating whoever kNU beat by almost 50?  National opinion will obviously be in our favor because a win is a win, right?


Iowa almost lost to a FCS in 2009 -- in fact it took a miracle to win -- and that season turned out alright.
Well, that was 5 seasons ago and no players from either team are currently on today's rosters.  And Iowa has 2 coaches still on staff from 2009.  Otherwise, good point.  We're 1-0 just like in 2009.



Last year Nebraska beat Southern Miss 56-13 and Iowa lost to Northern Illinois early in the year.  Later on in the same year, Iowa beat Nebraska 38-17.

If you want to go crying and become a Nebraska fan because they beat a nobody by 50 while Iowa won by 8 in week one, go ahead.
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Posted: 9/3/2014 8:11 PM

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ArvadaHawk wrote: So, it really is okay to almost lose to an FCS?  A win is a win, right?  So, we can beat UNI by 8 and that is equal to beating whoever kNU beat by almost 50?  National opinion will obviously be in our favor because a win is a win, right?
Yup, a win is a win.  Looking at that game, KF wasn't playing to blow anyone out of the water.  They held those horses back.

We had our way with things in the very beginning and then again to put the game away in the fourth quarter.  In between, Ferentz was just riding this pony, seeing what she could do.  He wasn't interested in making style points or racking up video game numbers.  Instead, he wanted to know what different guys could do in a game and how they ran different pieces of the offense.

Call me a homer.  But I look at that game and see a coaching staff that did exactly what they wanted to do and guided their team exactly where they wanted it to go.

It's going to be a great season guys.  Hold on tight!

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Posted: 9/3/2014 8:26 PM

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+1
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Yup, a win is a win.  Looking at that game, KF wasn't playing to blow anyone out of the water.  They held those horses back.

We had our way with things in the very beginning and then again to put the game away in the fourth quarter.  In between, Ferentz was just riding this pony, seeing what she could do.  He wasn't interested in making style points or racking up video game numbers.  Instead, he wanted to know what different guys could do in a game and how they ran different pieces of the offense.

Call me a homer.  But I look at that game and see a coaching staff that did exactly what they wanted to do and guided their team exactly where they wanted it to go.

It's going to be a great season guys.  Hold on tight!
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