Monday, September 3, 2012

Hawks, Clones, Skers, and more

*Top 10 Football movies of all time continues with number five being: The Program. I put this movie in for two reasons..A) It's a great football flick and B) If I didn't put this movie in, I would fear for my life knowing that Lattimer would track me down and tear me into pieces. Don't believe me?
Starting Defense!!
*This movie takes us inside the college football life and what really goes on, a must see for any football fan.
*I was in a wedding this weekend. Its day? Saturday(The real opening day of college football) Its time? 3:00(During the Iowa, Iowa State, Nebraska, and UNI game) Of course, I didn't let the groom live it down..he said the bride made the choice for the date and man, you are in for a LONG marriage.
*I went back and watched the games and here are my thoughts from the opening weekend:
*The Big Ten got its grand stage to prove to everyone that they can hang with the SEC. Alabama chuckled at this idea and put the favorite to win the B1G six feet under on national TV. Robinsons Heisman=Bye Bye.
*Iowa has A TON of work to do. Remember though, we all thought the world was coming to an end when the Hawks barely beat UNI in 2009. The Hawks went on to have a pretty good year.
*For what would of been a sixth string running back, Bullock looked solid..not great or spectacular, but solid.
*It was special teams that won that game for Iowa. Meyer with the field goals (tied for most in the nation) and the great play by Castillo pinning Northern Illinois deep.
*For a guy that had the offense down pat, James Vandenberg didn't exactly play "lights out." Now if the guy had some time to pass, maybe he could do better than not even 130 yards passing.
*The O-Line needs work and I don't buy that that's "the best defense Iowa will face all year."
*Iowa did however beat the team with what was the longest winning streak in the country.
*Greg Davis, Iowas new OC, showed us what he likes to run..the question is, do the Hawks have the right tools to make the machine run.
*I'll hit on Iowa State, then get to the Cy-Hawk Game.
*I needed alot of convincing before the Tulsa game that Iowa State was going to win. I didn't get it.
*After being down 16-7, Steele Jantz went into beast mode. Not only that, the defense came around and Shontrelle Johnson ran for 120. Tulsa did make it interesting with a late push, but the Clones were to much.
*Iowa State fans love Dan McCarney. They hate Gene Chizek. That game was a game where BOTH of those gentlemen would of lost. Paul Rhoads does it again in my mind.
*Cody Green looked good in the first quarter, but eventually proved why he couldn't get the job done at Nebraska..dude has trouble with the long ball.
*If Iowa State pulls it out next weekend and Steele Jantz plays a great game (both possible), Jantz might be one of the most hated Cyclones by Iowa fans of all time.
*Iowa is going to have to show so much more then they did on Saturday if they want to win this one..good thing for Hawks, it's in IC.
*Predictions to come later this week.
*My ridiculously blind prediction of Missouri State over Kansas State looked good early in the third quarter as the worst team in the MVC was tied with the 22nd ranked Wildcats. Then Kansas State won the game 51-9. I'm in journalism, not professional betting.
*To Lincoln we go.
*Dear Rex Burkead,
Get better soon.
Nebraska fans everywhere.
*Taylor Martinez walked into the press conference after Saturdays 26-34 354 yard 5 td performance and thought to himself in a Happy Gilmore voice.."Uh-oh, Taylor learned how to pass." #doublepistols
*Husker OC Tim Beck looked like he was in the zone. Great routes by the WR core, the right calls at the right times, and put Martinez in good situations.
*T-Magic's throwing motion has changed for the better, but really, why does it matter what it looks like as long as it gets to where it needs to long as it gets there 70 percent of the time.
*Morningside vs. Northwestern play in Sioux City this Saturday night..what a game that will be. The Mustangs rolled 17th ranked Valley City State 49-7 and the Red Raiders beat up on Southwestern. It will be a huge crowd (the biggest in years at Olsen) and will be a great game.
*More to come throughout the week

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