The Walk Through -- Coldest kick ever (updating)
Alvis might play some; Rudock still in knee brace
It's cold, probably about 17 F. The wind is a constant 15.5 to 15.7. It doesn't like as though it's going to go away, either.
I took my glove off to snap this photo. Not a good idea. Do not recommend.
Iowa QBs were just out. Jake Rudock wore shorts, long sleeves and a stocking cap. TE Henry Krieger Coble went sleeveless. He's from Mount Pleasant. Jake Rudock is from Fort Lauderdale. This is the only sentence in the world where I don't have to tell you which state is which.
This will be the coldest start to a game in Iowa history. UI SID Steve Roe said the coldest was 28 degrees for the Danan Hughes "snow angel" game in 1991.
The KCRG weather team went a little farther and found records that showed the coldest high temperature for a home game in University of Iowa football history was 23 back in 1926 when Iowa lost to Northwestern, 13-6.
This is meaningless, but Kirk Ferentz has a record of 29-20 in games where the weather is under 50 degrees, according Roe.
Here's the KCRG report:
-- Iowa radio has already said this will be the coldest kickoff in Iowa history.
-- Health-wise: Coming off the bye week, I think Iowa is pretty good. RB Mark Weisman needed the bye week. He has a chance to be his healthiest in weeks. Ferentz said this week he was still hurt at Purdue. This sets up to be a game where the team with the best 235-pound running back wins.
Michigan will likely counter with freshman Derrick Green, a 230-pounder and the No. 1 RB recruit in the country last year as rated by Rivals.com.
-- The Texas Bowl is in the press box today. That is a realistic destination. If Iowa loses today, that might be the destination, period.
-- Specialists out now.
-- Michigan immediately tests fade passes to WRs into the wind.
-- Iowa kicker Mike Meyer getting it over the crossbar from 42 yards into the wind. Not a ton of room to spare. I'm guessing that's the edge of his range going into the wind today. Then, from 38 left hash into the wind, whammo. Way good plenty of distance.
-- Punter Connor Kornbrath into the wind is going consistently just more than 30 yards. Here's your stat of the day so far today. Flipping with the wind to his back, Kornbrath boots it 45 yards fairly consistently.
-- The gates are open and the student section fills two rows in one section at field level. That's it.
-- Meyer with the wind, easily from 43.
-- Barta talking bowls on the radio. He expects some clarity after this week. Says as high as the Outback for Iowa, but that would take two wins. Points out that Iowa has never beaten Michigan in Kinnick three straight times.
So, that's bowl speculation. Texas Bowl is here, AND it started following me on Twitter this week. I followed back. I follow all bowls back.
-- KF on radio: No set amount of carries for soph RB Jordan Canzeri. All four RBs will be used. It's another "hot hand" or "flow" alert. Probably it depends on what works, outside zone stretch or the inside zone. Inside fits Mark Weisman. Outside fits Canzeri.
-- KF: UM will come at you on third down with a lot of different blitz looks. "They are what they are and they play it very well."
-- Here's the team portion of warmup: Same lineup. DE Dominic Alvis is in uniform and might play some. QB Rudock still wearing the big brace on his left knee.-- Here we go. Iowa wins toss and defers.