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Mike Hlas

Hi, I'm Gazette/ sports columnist Mike Hlas. This is the Hlog. We will meet here, discuss things, and then go forth in the world to implement our plans.





Hlas: For Iowa, classic without happy ending against Penn State

IOWA CITY - Never, never, have so many fans of a losing team sat in the Kinnick Stadium stands as long after a defeat as they did Saturday night in Kinnick Stadium.

There was a lot of human traffic to exit the stadium, yes. But people were stunn ... »

Watch: Kirk Ferentz, Iowa players on Penn State loss

Hear from Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz (above) and seven players (playlist below) after No. 4 Penn State beat the Hawkeyes 21-19 on the final play of the game Saturday night at Kinnick Stadium.

Iowa is now 3-1, 0-1 in the Big Ten.

Iowa-Penn State pregame: 'Lazy' machine and not-so-lazy people

IOWA CITY - People are amazing, albeit in different ways.

Like Dr. Deb Carneol, a North Liberty dentist. She tailgated with her husband, Steve Carneol, and a host of their friends Saturday.

It was Steve who first attracted my interest wh ... »

Watch: Week 4 college football picks on On Iowa Gameday, including Iowa-Penn State

Iowa (3-0) is a 12-point underdog at home Saturday night as No. 4 Penn State (3-0) visits Kinnick Stadium. Marc Morehouse, Mike Hla and Jeremiah Davis make their picks on On Iowa Gameday for that one and four other college football games.

Watch ... »

How America is picking Penn State-Iowa

With Penn State a 12-point favorite over Iowa Saturday night, who dares pick against the fourth-ranked Nittany Lions?

Well, not everyone. But it isn't unanimous. Click on the links to get their rationales.

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Hlas: At Kinnick Stadium, light creates electricity for Iowa football

IOWA CITY - This is what you want.

Name opponent. Home game. Night game. Penn State. Prime Time.

Though police in the Ped Mall might disagree, every Saturday night isn't New Year's Eve in this city. But when the lights are on and it's a ... »

On Iowa Podcast: Iowa vs. Penn State preview

Penn State is a 12-point favorite Saturday night at Kinnick Stadium, with Saquon Barkley and Trace McSorley headlining a 6:30 p.m., ABC kickoff. What does Iowa have to do to avoid another 41-14 debacle? Can the Hawkeyes pull another Kinnick stunner unde ... »

Hlastradamus takes history and double-digit dog Hawkeyes

Hlastradamus has been places, seen things, and eaten a bad clam or two over the last several centuries.

He may have had a bad clam before making last week's picks against the spread. He was 2-3. The difference between a winning week and his unfo ... »

Kirk Ferentz has camera-full of Kodak moments

We all have phrases we use over and over, whether we're aware of it or not.

Mine include "Go ahead, make my day," "The tribe has spoken," and, of course, "Wassup!"

Kirk Ferentz used one twice during his Tuesday press conference in Iowa C ... »

Hlas: Iowa Hawkeyes must stop Saquon Barkley from biting them again

IOWA CITY - There were good reasons why multiple Iowa defensive players said "They've got a lot of good offensive players," when asked specifically about Penn State running back Saquon Barkley.

Quarterback Trace McSorley and tight end Mike Gesic ... »

Hlas: North Texas squirt gun vs. Iowa Hawkeyes' bazooka
Dan McCarney couldn't and wouldn't say it two years ago, but we all knew it anyway. This isn't a fair fight. The resources available to Iowa's footba ... »
Hlas: Cy-Hawk series forever!
AMES - Oh, nooooo, there's no value for Iowa in continuing to schedule Iowa State in football. Surrrre, there isn't. "I will never say forever," Iowa ... »
Watch Highlights: Iowa Hawkeyes 24, Wyoming Cowboys 3
Iowa kicked off its 2017 football season with a 24-3 victory over Wyoming at Kinnick Stadium. SCORING SUMMARY Wyo FG: Cooper Rothe 49 (Wyo 3-0; 11:2 ... »