And have for several years. Seemingly basketball and football both. I don’t like giving fuel to the local message board critics but the reality is they are a very, very tough team to understand.
Kirk Ferentz and staff are highly thought of and appreciated among all circles yet we notoriously piss down our legs a couple times a year. Now to be fair that’s not just an “Iowa thing” but I’ve noticed over the last several years they really struggle to pick Iowa to win the west…
If I understood the article I just read correctly. Iowa got the third most votes behind Wisconsin and Minnesota. And I get it, I’m not upset about it. But I assure you Minnesota doesn’t have more talent than we do and I’d be shocked if Wisconsin did!
Which always leaves us in this very weird; highly respected, yet never really counted on place in the college football landscape.
It’s quite bizarre to listen to broadcasts and hear them routinely rave about Iowa and their staff, yet Wisconsin with quarterback issues & Minnesota with quarterback issues are the favorites over them to win the West!
It’s super strange to be a fan of this team! Even this year I’ve been a little nervous because we’ve heaped so much praise on them and they’ve got a lot of individual and team defensive accolades. Yet at the same point in time are barely in the top 25 in most polls… Which should bode well for us but… It’s strange, very strange!
Wrong. Iowa is a good enough place to produce elite defenses and special teams. Quite simply, Kirk's offensive philosophy is straight dogshit and he's too proud and stubborn to admit it and too much of a control freak to outsource it to someone who knows what they are doing. That's it.The explanation is simple.
The press guys understand something that most Iowa fans understand but fanatics don't. Iowa is a very very hard place at which to win BIG. We have everything working against us that could work against us. Iowa is in the short end of every social trend, every demographic trend, everything breaks against Iowa. I don't mean as in cheated, its just the hard realities of life.
Although, in the 80-90s we were on the cusp of blue blood status in basketball and we did get brutally raped by the Big Ten, at the time very happy with the way things were and lacking in any public access or accountability.
Right now, things are looking up. We have had very good recruiting in Boys BBall and Football. Girls BBall apparently only signs top 100 players. Three consecutive excellent football recruiting classes. Right now Iowa's winning against the odds. That is good coaching.
Yep basically since 10' and beyond Wisconsin has produced so many good RBs who have made the NFL with another one currently on their roster (one being an iowa decommit with Melvin Gordon....). Wisconsin has also had more consistent OL play and thus has been so much more effective playing the ground and pound game. Our Ds have been pretty similar over the years both being pretty stingy but we have had some huge clunkers in losses to them on the offensive side of the ball even counting the 15' game we won. Still remember in 17' after big OSU win we go up to Madison next week and only score only 2 TDs on Josh Jackson pick 6s and end up with like 65-70 yards of total offense.That have had 1st round type running backs. Made a huge difference over this span. Like when they had Ron Dayne.
I disagree with your take that KF's philosophy is dogshit. KF's philosophy is sound and that same philosophy has won at all levels as well as been dominant at all levels. It is no secret that the overall philosophy is based on running the football, and that is something that Iowa has not done very well in a long time. To run the ball effectively means that you control the time of possession, limit possessions, create low-risk makeable explosive plays via play-action and have a higher probability of turning the ball over less by keeping it on the ground. So it is not the philosophy that kept them from running the ball effectively, it is the poor offensive line play as well as lack of elite running backs that has mostly kept that from happening. A team like Iowa should be regularly producing NFL draft picks at the RB position and it hasn't happened in a long time.Wrong. Iowa is a good enough place to produce elite defenses and special teams. Quite simply, Kirk's offensive philosophy is straight dogshit and he's too proud and stubborn to admit it and too much of a control freak to outsource it to someone who knows what they are doing. That's it.
I sure hope not because if there is a little something extra, it won’t be from us. Our cupboards have been empty when it comes to playing Purdue. Our only hope is that Brohm forgets who they are playing that week.With the two transfers and maybe some recruiting that went on, me thinks there may be a little extra something special in the sauce for Purdue game this fall.
Purdue's offense can't score any points when they are on the sidelines. A better Iowa offense keeps them there. Keeps the Iowa defense fresher as well!I know the offense needs a lot of work, but we got to have a more solid defense against Purdue. They Tecmo bowl us with their offense. It is maddening knowing what we have and how they usually play.
It's really quite simple. Those rankings are an indictment of KF: the fact that in spite of the entireNot at all surprised Wisky is voted ahead of Iowa. They have earned that right by winning the West many times.
I am surprised by Minny tho - I thought they lost a ton from last year.
Hard to win in football with a poor offense. Even the best defense is going to struggle a bit if they are on the field the whole game, especially when the opponent gets the ball in great field position after an Iowa 3 and out. Thankfully the Hawks have a great punter, or it would be even harder on the D.
Iowa needs to be able to possess the ball longer and put up a few more points. Then the D can dominate.
Like the field and replay officials missing the Purdue player leaping across LOS and not a single other player on either team move is somehow not a penalty. No human, especially in slow mo, could possibly have thought Iowa moved or that 1 Boiler didn't jump offsides.Iowa purdue games…the officials drive me nuts. Purdue dbs can grab n hook Iowa receivers but if an iowa defender has any Contact… flag
Basically this, if we're trying to simplify it.Because Iowa can't close the deal.
Just when we get a shit load of national attention, we lose to a team we have no business losing to.