According to ESPN's Adam Schefter,
Whoa! Stanzi time in Kansas City? Not so fast. According to the Kansas City Star's Kent Babb, Stanzi is not a candidate to start. Not this week or the rest of the season Babb says. Stanzi should, however, be on the active roster and if Tyler Palko happens to go down...Americanzi time.
The Biletnikoff Award, given to college football's best wide receiver, has trimmed the list down to 10 semifinalists. The Big Ten has one representative on the list and his name isn't Marvin McNutt. Nope, it's Illinois' A.J. Jenkins. McNutt is getting robbed and he deserves better.
Sports Illustrated's Peter King weighed in on the Penn State story this week in his Monday Morning Quarterback column. Among King's thoughts is this:
I think I found it interesting in the wake of the Penn State scandal to note that lots of NFL scouts and personnel people do not like Penn State and hate going there
King went on to compare Penn State to Iowa, he writes:
whereas a school like Iowa will allow scouts on campus every Monday through Thursday during the football season to watch tape, talk to coaches, watch practice and talk with players, Penn State normally has one week in the fall, maybe two or three days, when scouts are allowed on campus
King admits that the differences between how the two schools handle NFL scouts may not have an impact on players being drafted. Iowa holds a slight advantage on Penn State in that regard, per the article it's 29-26 Iowa.
The consensus this week is that the Hawkeyes might be Meineke Car Care Bowl bound. There is still a lot to shake out before Bowl's make their selections. The Big Ten, despite no team currently in the Top 14, still has an outside shot at getting two teams in the BCS. Getting two in certainly moves Iowa up the pecking order and there is also the issue of Penn State possibly staying home for the Bowl season. The Hawkeyes have six wins neccesary and are eligible which means Ferentz is eligible for a $100,000 bonus and his assistants an eight percent raise.
Purdue might be the underdog (+2.5) this week but that didn't stop them from taking a day off from practice. The title of the article is a little deceiving. The team met and watched film they just didn't put on the pads.
The Fortnight of Hate has begun according to Hammer and Rails. Us Hawkeye fans, aka fascists (per H&R), can never be as good as Purdue! SHOTS FIRED! THIS CAN NOT STAND!
The bi-weekly On Iowa Podcast, with Marc Morehouse and Scott Dochterman, was full of news and information. They discussed Iowa's bowl possibilities, Michigan State and answer Twitter questions. Possibly the most interesting piece of information might be about Mika'il McCall's red shirt status. McCall is still eligible for a red shirt season, per NCAA rules.
In a basketball game that looked, at times, more like a YMCA pick-up game Iowa defeated North Carolina A&T 95-79. Senior Matt Gatens dropped in 27 points but the Hawkeyes had 22 turnovers. Fran McCaffery didn't sound disappointed in his post game press conference. When asked if the team lost focus in the second half McCaffery said:
It was a matter of as much as you try to prepare for a game like this, it's not easy. It's going to be a rat game. That's how they play. They're going to trap you all over, they're going to scramble
Iowa pulled out to a thirty point lead in the second half but the Aggies didn't quit and battled Iowa to the finish. The Official Site of the North Carolina A&T Aggies notes that they "matched the Hawkeyes point for point in the second half" and that the game was a "close one." Hmmm...
Senior Andrew Brommer returned to the lineup but re-injured his knee early in the first half. He continued through the game but played through pain. Iowa plays Thursday night against Northern Illinois and Brommer says, "Hopefully I can play."
Aaron White's first game as a Hawkeye earned him his first conference award. White, along with Indiana's Cody Zeller, was named Big Ten co-freshmen of the week. Through two games this season White is averaging 10.5 points and seven rebounds per game.
Other links of interest:
- Here are your Purdue two-deeps
- Hawkeye baseball picked up two recruits with the help from the Chicago White Sox
- Here is a complete Big Ten Men's basketball TV schedule for the week (Nov. 14-20)
- Also, a complete Big Ten football TV schedule for Saturday
- The Hawkeye Huddle location and time was announced for Saturday's game at Purdue
- Tickets to Purdue football games are cheap
- Hawkeye Insider's Rob Howe shared a pic of his Andrew Brommer bobblehead
- Police issued less tickets this year at Kinnick than 2010
- Purdue's kickoff return unit ranks second in the nation, first in the Big Ten