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Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401
I'm not really all that hungry this morning, but let's dish out some food for thought (how was that for old-timey sportswriter-speak device?).
-- Ramen noodles
-- Two longtime Hawkeyes who work in broadcasting said last week that they thought C.J. Beathard for Iowa QB in 2013 more than Jake Rudock.
First, during Iowa's radio broadcast on Saturday, Iowa color analyst Ed Podolak, who's been doing this 30-some years and who saw Iowa practice during camp, said he thought Beathard "had the stronger arm and quicker release." This was when Beathard came entered the WMU blowout in the third quarter.
It was an interesting statement. OK, the next one.
During Monday night's "On Iowa Live" TV show on KCRG 9.2 (hey, I'm on this), former Iowa all-American QB and now Big Ten Network analyst Chuck Long said he saw some camp and thought Beathard was the stronger of the two QBs. (I suggest clicking that link and checking out last night's show. Long loves Iowa and awlays will, but he was objective with his thoughts on the Hawkeyes. Not scathing or anything like that, but fair assessment.)
Not trying to stir anything up, although I'm sure that inference is unavoidable. I just thought it was interesting insight from two very smart football observers who are familiar with the current Hawkeyes.
Does it mean anything? No.
Rudock is the starter and there is no debate. He's 3-1 with one that was really pretty much on him (although that was an iffy call). The knowledge Rudock possess overshadows physical gains. A lot of what Iowa is this season is efficient and being in the right place at the right time. That's why Rudock is QB #1. There's no reason this will change in the foreseeable future.
-- French vanilla Pop Tarts.
B1G MOMENTS IN ROSE BOWL HISTORY - Jan. 1, 1997 - Ohio State 20, Arizona State 17: Trailing by three with 1:40 to play at its own 35, Ohio State turned to quarterback Joe Germaine to lead them down the field. Three completions to Dimitrious Stanley, and two ASU pass interference calls, led the Buckeyes to the Sun Devil five-yard line with 24 seconds left. Germaine connected with a wide open David Boston for the game-winning touchdown with 19 seconds remaining..
BIG TEN MEDAL OF HONOR 100TH ANNIVERSARY SPOTLIGHT - Minnesota's Tony Dungy: Dungy was Minnesota's recipient of the 1977 Big Ten Medal of Honor, following a standout career as the Gophers' starting quarterback. He ended his career as the school's leader in pass attempts, completions, touchdown passes and passing yards. He was twice named the team's Most Valuable Player before moving on to a successful career as a player and coach in the National Football League. Dungy's life has been marked by many community service initiatives. He also supports numerous non-profit organizations such as Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the Boys and Girls Club, Prison Crusade Ministry and Family First, leading to his name gracing the conference's annual Humanitarian Award.
Where We Rank: Seven Big Ten teams are receiving at least one vote in the latest Associated Press (AP) or USA Today coaches polls . . .
Still Undefeated: Only eight teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision have started the season with 4-0 marks, four of which compete in the Big Ten . . .
Serious Streaks: After completing their non-conference slates with unblemished marks, two conference programs boast some of the nation's longest winning streaks heading into Big Ten play. With 16 straight victories, Ohio State holds the nation's longest active winning streak . . Boasting seven consecutive triumphs, Northwestern holds the nation's third-longest active winning streak . . .
Return to the Record Book: Iowa's Kevonte Martin-Manley secured a place within the Big Ten records book last weekend after returning two punts to the end zone. Only two other conference players, Wisconsin's Earl Girard in 1947 and Ohio State's Garcia Lane in 1983, have returned two punts for a touchdown in the same game . . .
Rush, Rush, Rush: With six conference teams among the nation's top 25 in rushing offense, it should come as no surprise that Big Ten rushers have combined for 35 100-yard efforts this season. There have been nine instances this season where two or more teammates have rushed for 100 or more yards in the same game . . .
Trophy Time: On Saturday, Iowa visits Minnesota in the annual battle for the Floyd of Rosedale . . .
Good Works: Nebraska's C.J. Zimmerer and Northwestern's Jeff Budzien were two of 11 Football Bowl Subdivision student-athletes named to the 2013 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team . . .
For a Good Cause: The AFCA will hold its sixth annual Coach to Cure MD effort with the games of September 28. More than 110 FBS schools, including Big Ten programs, will be wearing a Coach to Cure MD patch to raise awareness and funding for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research . . .
Intro -- Good to get win. I'm sure everyone is excited about conference play. Off to Minnesota.
Happy with OL and DL? -- Making strides, not there yet. Further along than we were last year at this time and needed to be. So far, so good at this point.
Get run going -- On the right path. Two experienced tackles who set the tempo. CJF a good blocking tight end. That helps a little bit.
Different Minnesota -- They are a more mature team. They committed to good young players a couple of years ago and they're benefitting from that right now. Playing hard and physical.
Minnesota offense -- They look comfortable doing what they're doing. Big and physical up front. TE and FBs, too. The other two RBs doing a great job. They've got a QB, two QB, who are playing well and doing the running game,
QBs -- WE have to be ready for both. Not exactly the same, but similar. It's not a dramatic difference. Both are capable and both played really well this year.
KMM -- The thing that happened the other day. He fielded the ball cleanly, on the rugby kick, that's a challenge. He was smart about letting the blocking set up. He didn't do it alone, but he started it and finished it. He's not a burner, but he's a smart runner.
APU movement -- No one has brought it up here. I'm not even sure if this is tied in with the video game deal.
Pirates in the playoffs -- Beat 'em Bucs. When I was a kid, the Steelers came of age. They had years of futility. It looks like they traded off with the Pirates. City of Champions in '79. Fun time to grow up in that area. Jim Leyland left and problems. They've built the franchise. Ownership, Clint Hurdle, committed to success. Tough division with Cardinals and Reds.
KMM close to Kinnick's record -- Someone mentioned it on the headphones in the second half. Nothing ever came of it. Love KMM, but it is Kinnick Stadium. It's unbelievable he's in the same thought.
Hageman -- He's a physical size. He's experienced, talented and dynamic. They have other guys in there who are active. Two buys opposite Hageman and they're all going to be a tough matchup, I think.
NCAA on Penn State -- Something transpired recently? I'm not quite sure I follow that question. -- PSU increased scholarships, opinion -- I'd have to see the whole thing. I think that whole thing was a bad deal. Hopefully, steps are taken to make it fair.
Here's KF transcript (video coming as soon as it renders):
Getting big plays. Old school game Saturday. Iowa OL, DL ready? Iowa is 0-2 at TCF Bank Stadium. Mitch Leidner question. Advantage of having a ready-made staff, which UM coach Jerry Kill has had pretty much his whole career (it's really pretty impressive). Legends Division wide open? Teams with warts can win it.
Iowa's special teams. Coaching change there. Riley McCarron as an up-back. Old school, smashmouth, all that. Kill and his health issues. CB B.J. Lowery and his love of Monopoly (4:02). How did Lowery get here?
Getting second- and third-stringers some action. Hillyer coming alive (I agree, same with Smith). More on the OL this week. Frustration with CB Jordan Lomax injury (hamstring and has been out four weeks now, counting this coming Saturday). Malloy question (KF said on the radio two weeks ago, it'll be re-visited during idle week and I'll leave it at that). Something NIU loss. KF's thoughts on the trophy (they own it and then Saturday, it's back up for grabs). Probably no more true frosh. Minny now and when J Kill took over. Minny and Iowa share some traits. I asked about the punt rules and how they differ in college and NFL.
Former Iowa RB Eddie Phillips question (honorary captain last week). Question on Minny line play. True freshmen the playing they may or may not get. Non-con vs. con schedule. The Penn State decision (the NCAA is giving schollies back to PSU, which has pretty much erased Paterno from its records, was that the end game here?). Connor Kornbrath (the kid is huge). Question on KMM's recruitment (his funny uncle). Reggie Spearman question.