It's Not Plagiarism If You Link To It: Kirk Ferentz Talks Michigan State

Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Time for Kirk Ferentz's weekly press conference. See what he had to say.

FIRST. Here's the video the team watched before playing Minnesota.

FERENTZ SPEAKS. Here's the audio from the Big Ten teleconference. Also, here's a link to the audio and transcript of Ferentz's press conference from Iowa City. Here's the highlights:

  • MSU is a tough football team
  • MSU's defense has senior leadership that knows what they're doing
  • Iowa's OL is getting better but there's still room for improvement
  • Connor Boffeli was sore Sunday but will be ready Saturday
  • Red zone offense is big on Iowa's list of things to improve right now
  • Damond Powell probably hasn't played enough but it's a "process"
  • Powell is "climbing the ladder"
  • Ferentz isn't happy with the kick coverage
  • Jordan Lomax is healthy but Desmond King is now the veteran corner
  • Ferentz thought King would be a safety when recruited
  • They are trying to be smart with Mark Weisman concerning practice and his durability
  • KF attributed Jake Rudock's progression to a growing confidence
And there's certainly more, so, check the links.

AND MARK DANTONIO SPOKE TOO. Dantonio said the Michigan State offensive troubles are both part scheme and execution. The Spartans are looking for a play-maker to emerge at wide receiver. Bennie Fowler and Tony Lippett have had a good week of practice. Like Iowa, MSU goes six deep at receiver and rotate depending on formation. Michigan State has zero plays over 40 yards on the season. They are the only team in the country on that list.

THROUGH FOUR GAMES, THE MSU OFFENSE IS ALL KINDS OF BAD, BUT THE DEFENSE IS GOOOOD.

THE HAWKEYE PLAYERS SPOKE TOO. Marc Morehouse has video of Mark Weisman, Carl Davis, Dominic Alvis, Austin Blythe, Brandon Scherff, Connor Boffeli, James Morris and Jake Rudock. One topic, the defensive tackles and their improvement.

THE TWO-DEEPS REMAIN UNCHANGED. No changes but here they are if you need a refresher.

TO BEAT SPARTY, ONE MUST REMEMBER, PUNTING IS WINNING. Iowa and Michigan State have combined for 76 punts over the last six meetings. Both teams are similar in that they depend on defense and a physical game. Three yards and a cloud of dust often results in field position, punt often games. It's supposed to be windy Saturday too. Connor Kornbrath for MVP!

HAWKEYES HONORED.

MARK WEISMAN MAKES A LIST. Brent Yarnia lists Weisman in his top five players in the Big Ten. Weisman's 615 yards on the season lands him at #5 on the list. He joined the Big Ten Network for an interview Monday. Brandon Scherff makes the "other five" on Yarnia's list.

HOOPS RECRUITING. The Hawkeyes missed out on another point guard target for their 2014 recruiting class. Riley LaChance visited Iowa last weekend and some thought Iowa was his leader but the Wisconsin native picked Vanderbilt late Sunday night. So, moving to the next target:

CBS SPORTS MAKES THEIR CONFERENCE PICKS. A handful of CBS Sports College Basketball writers make their picks for conference final standings. Jon Rothstein has Iowa fourth in the Big Ten, the highest on the list. The consensus went with Iowa in sixth place. All six writers picked Michigan State to win the league.

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