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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 #x201c;Go ahead, make my day,#x201d; #x201c;The tribe has spoken,#x201d; and, of course, #x201c;Wassup!#x201d;

Kirk Ferentz used one twice during ... »

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 ... »

Fun Facts: Penn State-Iowa

Now we enter the serious phase of the Fun Facts season.

Well, not really. But this being the week of the Penn State-Iowa game, there are a lot more football-ish nuggets to chew on than in, say, the North Texas-Iowa game. Such as:

1. Penn ... »

Big Ten football rankings: Wisconsin Badgers and their fans tip over BYU

Here are this week's Big Ten football rankings, based on knee-jerk impulses rather than knee-jerk data.

 

1. ... »
Hlas: Penn State-Iowa, a week to expect anything

Sports. Along the way to the confetti and tears after the championship games, things aren't always what they seem. Which is fun, too.

Take Saturday's Penn State-Iowa football game. It figures to be as anticipated as any Big Ten opener the Hawkey ... »

Hlas: Weird and tedious game, but Iowa Hawkeyes prevail

IOWA CITY - George Will, columnist, commentator, author and baseball guy, wrote the following for Newsweek in 1976:

"Football is a mistake. It combines the two worst things about American life: violence and committee meetings."

The meeti ... »

Watch: Week 3 college football picks and analysis on On Iowa Gameday

Coming off an overtime thriller, how will Iowa and Iowa State respond as double-digit favorites this week? Marc Morehouse, Mike Hlas and Jeremiah Davis make their picks on On Iowa Gameday, plus predict Northern Illinois-Nebraska, Wisconsin-BYU and the b ... »

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 football program easily dwarf those of the University of North Texas. If the Mean Green win Saturday i ... »

On Iowa Podcast: Cy-Hawk takeaways, future Big Ten schedules, College GameDay and a little Mean Green

It's Iowa-North Texas week, which doesn't exactly lend itself to a full breakdown. So on this edition of the On Iowa Podcast with The Gazette's Marc Morehouse and Mike Hlas, we review the big plays in Iowa's 44-41 OT win over Iowa State and discuss ... »

Hlastradamus: Hawkeyes will win you mean green

What's the best Big Ten game on Saturday? That's a trick question. There isn't one.

Hlastradamus knew that. Because he sees all and knows all. That's one of the perks of being a prophet. Another is getting to own a ball made of crystal. Those th ... »

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 ... »
Kurt Warner, son of Cedar Rapids, goes to Canton
CEDAR RAPIDS - An amazing circle of football life closes for Kurt Warner this week. This Saturday night, the 1989 Cedar Rapids Regis High School grad ... »