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It's Not Plagiarism If You Link To It: Hawkeye Football Favorites In Nine Of Twelve Games


CFTV's Kickoff Countdown: Early Iowa analysis (via CycloneFanaticTV)

THE HAWKEYES ARE PRJOECTED TO FINISH 5-3 IN BIG TEN PLAY. This according to the gambling review blog (this site isn't a gambling site but there are links and ads so take caution at work). Beyond the Bets also went ahead and projected 798 regular season football lines. Here are the way-too-early projected point spreads for Iowa's upcoming season:

NIU vs. Iowa -10

Iowa State at Iowa -7.5

Northern Iowa at Iowa -24.5

Central Michigan at Iowa -24

Minnesota at Iowa -13.5

Iowa +10.5 at Michigan State

Penn St at Iowa -6

Iowa -1 at Northwestern

Iowa -11.5 at Indiana

Purdue at Iowa -6.5

Iowa +14 at Michigan

Nebraska at Iowa +3

OKAY. So, Iowa is only a projected underdog in three games this season. Iowa is the dog in both Michigan roadies and by a large margin. These are certain to change so perhaps it is a waste of time to analyze things this early. Something to consider, Iowa is 50% against the spread since 2005.

UTHOFF MANIA! John Sears, of prep sports, personally knows Uthoff and adds his two pennies. Uthoff picking Iowa is a big deal and he is a great addition writes Mike Hlas. Scott Dochterman points out that Iowa will have three top 150 players as sophomores in 2013-2014. Finally, Rick Brown notes that McCaffery will have to read about Uthoff's decision in the paper since he can't talk to him until he is enrolled at Iowa.

FORMER HAWKEYE MARSHAL YANDA IS HAVING A FANTASTIC NFL CAREER. He credits his success to his time at Iowa. Yanda was a third round draft pick selected by the Baltimore Ravens. About his short time at Iowa Yanda said,

"There is some luck involved, for sure. Iowa doesn't normally take chances on junior college guys, but luckily they needed linemen at the time, so I could get my two years in."

He'll begin his sixth season this year in Baltimore; last season he earned his first trip to the Pro Bowl. In discussing his career and its path Yanda added,

"I have taken that mindset and done it day-by-day and stacked days, and I never looked back. Iowa put me on track to being a successful starter at a Pro Bowl level in the NFL. It worked out great for me."

MORE HAWKEYE KICKOFF TIMES SET. Iowa's game against Northern Illinois at Soldier Field will kickoff at 2:30 pm central time and be televised by ESPNU. The following two weeks, when the Cyclones and UNI Panthers come to Kinnick will also be 2:30 pm (CST) kickoffs. Both the Iowa State and Northern Iowa games will be televised by the Big Ten Network.

The Big Ten Network will have 15 games over the first three weeks of the season. (Here's the BTN schedule.) Also, here's a general college football television schedule from SBNation. As for our Hawkeyes, Central Michigan and the November games are the only remaining without a set kickoff time. Here's Iowa's schedule and times already decided.

MORE FROM THE MOREHOUSE COUNTDOWN. Number 37 on the list is a walk-on that's familiar with Iowa QB James Vandenberg. Steven Staggs served as Marvin McNutt's backup but now it's time for the senior to see the field. Number 36 is another walk-on. Zach Derby will see plenty of snaps as a senior tight end.

THE NCAA OUTDOOR TRACK AND FIELD FINALS ARE IN DES MOINES THIS WEEKEND. Erik Sowinski will compete Friday in the 800 meter finals. Sowinski, a three time All-American, turned out a personal best to qualify for the final.

THE BTN'S TOM DIENHART HAS MOVED ON TO RANKING BIG TEN LINEBACKER UNITS. Iowa fits in as the eighth best on his list. The Hawkeyes return some experience at the position and certainly lack depth. Still, Dienhart has the Iowa's LBs ranked behind teams with first year starters.

ADAM WOODBURY DOES NOT MAKE THE CUT ON THE U-18 USA TEAM. USA basketball announced the finalists for the U-18 USA basketball team. Woodbury was one of 23 to tryout but was not included in the list of 14 posted last night. He'd said previously he would participate in the Prime Time League when he was finished. The PTL will begin later this month.

MIKE DANIELS GETS SOME LOVE FROM CBS SPORTS Rob Rang writes that Diesel could be a surprise as a pass rusher up the middle. The Packers needed and drafted defensive tackles. Daniels was the second Big Ten player taken. Jerel Worthy, the Packers second draft pick, will join him along the line. No doubt Daniels will get plenty of chances to play as Worthy will be getting oxygen on the sideline.

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