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"If (offensive coordinators) know what you are in, they have answers to stuff," Koenning said. "The...

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"If (offensive coordinators) know what you are in, they have answers to stuff," Koenning said. "The old days of lining up in the I formation and saying our Jimmys are better than your Joeys, and we want to beat you into submission, nobody wants to do that anymore. Everything is about space. If you have guys that can’t compete in space then you’re going to be struggling."

NC State defensive coach Vic Koenning, to Coaching Search dot com. Koenning is an old school guy, despite the fact that he coached for Tommy Bowden and Ron Zook. If he's given up on FOUR THREE COVER TWO, we're all in trouble.

Iowa, meanwhile, is currently tied with Michigan atop the Legends Division at 2-0, with just...

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Iowa, meanwhile, is currently tied with Michigan atop the Legends Division at 2-0, with just Northwestern (2-1) serving as a threat.

BTN and Dish Reach Agreement!

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BTN and Dish Reach Agreement!

What all this boils down to is that Iowa's offense has no identity. To be fair to Greg Davis, this...

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What all this boils down to is that Iowa's offense has no identity. To be fair to Greg Davis, this problem didn't start with his hiring...it started one year ago as Iowa found itself down by 3 scores to Pitt. Iowa went no-huddle and had one of the biggest and best comebacks in its history. Iowa won the game, but it was the start of major problems for the Iowa offense. Kirk Ferentz became intrigued by the no-huddle and liked it so much that he decided to use it again the next week against Louisiana Monroe. It was successful enough that he trotted it out against Penn State...and it was disastrous. So, the no-huddle was canned for the season. When Greg Davis was hired, he told us how Kirk Ferentz wanted to use some more no-huddle. Brian Ferentz teased on Twitter about the tempo of the offense and we saw quite a bit of it during the open practices. And now, in the first two games, we've seen Iowa employ the no-huddle at times. Here's the big problem though. Iowa's coaches have no idea how to run a no-huddle offense.

From Fight for Iowa's post-ISU offensive breakdown. I've had this post half-complete for two days, just trying to tie it together, and then I read him and realized he did it better than I could. The Penn State tie-in is key here. If you don't recall, that was the last time Iowa ran this "no-huddle" into abject failure: 3 points, poor completion percentage, no yardage. And, just like this week, it was run exclusively out of 311 personnel, and it had no running plays. It was a completely different offense, wholly unrelated to what was being done in the "standard" scheme. That's the height of stupidity. Iowa's "no-huddle offense" shows a fundamental misunderstanding of the entire concept and its advantages, and it has for more than a year now. The complete lack of change in philosophy or application under Davis only proves that it's not a coordinator issue.

6. Hawkeye running backs: Iowa might be flying under the radar entering 2012, but everyone knows...

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6. Hawkeye running backs: Iowa might be flying under the radar entering 2012, but everyone knows about the Hawkeyes' woes at running back, thanks to the work of AIRBHG (h/t Black Heart Gold Pants). Another offseason of attrition leaves Iowa with several unproven options entering Saturday's opener against defending MAC champ Northern Illinois at Chicago's Soldier Field. Fans are most intrigued to see true freshman Greg Garmon, a four-star prospect out of Erie, Pa. Although Iowa's offense will have more of a passing lean this fall, the program always has been at its best with a reliable ball-carrying option.

From the ESPN Big Ten Blog's "What to Watch" feature for Week 1, Adam Rittenberg spreads awareness of AIRBHG, to Pat Harty's chagrin. It raises a good question, though: what are YOU most looking forward to seeing out of Iowa on Saturday? Garmon? The Polish Hat? The defense? Conor Kornbrath? (Don't deny your red-hot punter love, commentariat.)

Veteran offensive lineman Robert Gallery,... announced his retirement Friday. The 32-year-old...

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Veteran offensive lineman Robert Gallery,... announced his retirement Friday. The 32-year-old Gallery had struggled in training camp. On Friday, he was flicked to the side by defensive lineman Vince Wilfork in one-on-one rush drills, landing on his backside. That highlighted some of his struggles.

Tim Brewster's Postition Switch Every week Minnesota head football coach Tim Brewster switches...

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Tim Brewster's Postition Switch Every week Minnesota head football coach Tim Brewster switches jobs with a Minnesota fan to get a better look at the life of working class Minnesotans in the 21st century. One week he might be a laborer on a dairy farm, the next he could be a receptionist at a doctor's office. The one place he won't be is on the Minnesota sideline; this is a vastly better situation for Minnesota fans. What will Tim learn about life in the heartland? Tune in to find out. Maize n Brew uncovers some failed ideas for BTN programming. WOULD WATCH. TRY FIGHT BUTTER CHURN!

Iowa State at Iowa (-5) Vegas lines involving Iowa always list the exact number of points Iowa...

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Iowa State at Iowa (-5) Vegas lines involving Iowa always list the exact number of points Iowa will score on that day behind the team. This line clearly means Iowa will win 5-4, because they are Iowa and are capable of doing amazing things with just five one-point safeties off blocked extra points. (All courtesy of Tim "Verti-bro" Hanley, walk-on special teamer with a nine-foot wingspan and a severe case of vertigo.) Betting tips from Spencer at the mothership. We'd shake our fist angrily, but we're pretty sure this is an accurate description of how the BOLD NEW IOWA OFFENSE intends to score all its points. /resumes crying in the corner

Meanwhile, Zook has landed at Iowa State, where the Cyclones opted for head-coaching experience...

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Meanwhile, Zook has landed at Iowa State, where the Cyclones opted for head-coaching experience over the hot coordinator, Texas defensive guru Gene Chizik.

One of many highlights in Andy Staples' fun re-imagining of recent college football history.

Northern Illinois’ season opener with Iowa on Sept. 1 at Chicago’s historic Soldier Field will...

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Northern Illinois’ season opener with Iowa on Sept. 1 at Chicago’s historic Soldier Field will kickoff at 2:30 p.m. Central Time and will be televised by ESPNU. Soldier Field Showdown III is the first of six games on an ESPN platform. Its good to see that the game will be on TV. It wasn't for sure earlier, and NIU's game against Wisconsin was supposedly not on TV last year.

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