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Fun Facts: Iowa-Nebraska, the Bowie/Sinatra edition

Fun Facts. Iowa-Nebraska.

They may not all be fun, actually. This is something I've done the last few years to have fun, and to force myself to pore over game notes and try to learn a few things. But mostly, to have fun.

I'll do one more ... »

Iowa's Josh Jackson: No bluster, just belief

IOWA CITY - Josh Jackson is full of self-confidence, but lacking in self-promotion.

In a seemingly bold admission Tuesday by someone who had one career start before this season, the Iowa junior cornerback said winning the Jim Thorpe Award was a ... »

Big Ten football: It’s not for everyone

No, this week's Big Ten Performance Rankings can't explain how Iowa's Josey Jewell isn't among the five Butkus Award finalists for the nation's best linebacker.

Maybe it really is time to abolish the Electoral College. That said, here are this w ... »

Hlas: Hawkeyes are frozen stiff

IOWA CITY - There was no crowd-storm this time. Not even crowd flurries.

You've never seen fewer folks in Kinnick Stadium at the end of a Hawkeyes game, even a spring game. Those who did remain until the finish of  ... »

Hlas: Lid won’t stay on Boilers much longer

The three most-common point totals in Big Ten football games this season are 24, 17 and 10.

Eleven times, teams have scored exactly 24 points in a Big Ten conference game. They landed on 17 on 10 occasions, and scored precisely 10 points ni ... »

Watch: Week 12 college football picks on On Iowa Gameday, including Iowa-Purdue

Iowa is a 7.5 point favorite for Senior Day against Purdue at Kinnick Stadium. After an unusual two weeks that saw the Hawkeyes beat Ohio State 55-24 before losing at Wisconsin, 38-14, what's in the store for the Hawkeyes this week?

The Gazette' ... »

On Iowa Podcast: Making sense of 66 yards, previewing Purdue and senior day

After Iowa football went from one extreme (55-24 win over Ohio State) to the other (gaining 66 yards in a 38-14 loss at Wisconsin) in a span of two weeks, The Gazette's Marc Morehouse and Mike Hlas explain what happened on this edition of the On Iowa Po ... »

Hlastradamus: Hawkeyes bounce back against Boilers

Hey, Hlastradamus is back. The prophet will understand if you don't pelt him with roses and chocolates. Picking Iowa to cover at Wisconsin last week wasn't the most-clairvoyant thing he could have done.

But second-chances are what life and the a ... »

Fun Facts: Purdue-Iowa, the Cardi B Edition

Purdue and Iowa. Let's make our own fun. With facts.

1. Iowa running back Akrum Wadley averaged 11.7 yards per carry (15 for 176 yards) at Purdue last year.

2. Purdue passed 61 times at Northwestern last Saturday in its 23-13 loss. The B ... »

Hlas: The day Iowa football had minus-19 yards

Having never seen a 66-yard offensive output in my days covering major-college football, it's hard for me to shake what I saw from Iowa in its game ... »