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

Let's see what Iowa's head coach thinks about the Buckeyes.

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FERENTZ SPEAKS. Here's the audio from the Big Ten teleconference. Also, here's the transcript and audio of Ferentz talking to the media in Iowa City. Here's the highlights:

  • KF on injuries: "everybody is ready to go"
  • Ohio State is good
  • Braxton Miller is fast and can throw the ball
  • First down success contributes to third down success
  • Iowa's DL is stout
  • The Shoe is one of the toughest venues to play
  • Special teams are working hard and looking to improve every week
  • Can't take a lot away from NW vs OSU tape because Iowa is so different from the Wildcats
  • Urban Meyer is extremely successful
  • Ferentz has been cordial with Meyer but he's not looking to make new friends
And there's certainly more.

THE PLAYERS SPOKE TOO. Marc Morehouse has video up on his On Iowa blog. Andrew Donnal, Mark Weisman, John Lowdermilk, Brett Van Sloten, Jake Rudock and Anthony Hitchens talk about the upcoming game with Ohio State. Weisman was asked about his injuries and says he's good to go.

IOWA RELEASED THEIR TWO-DEEPS. All of the injured versus Michigan State are on the two-deep. Still, Iowa will need Kevonte Martin-Manley, Mark Weisman, Dominic Alvis and Christian Kirksey to have a chance in Columbus. Weisman wore a boot after Michigan State. Alvis has a hip/leg injury.

URBAN MEYER SPOKE TOO. Injured defensive lineman Tommy Schutt will play Saturday, according to Meyer. Quarterback Braxton Miller's knee is 100%. Meyer would like to see more "explosive plays" from his offense.

DO THE HAWKEYES HAVE SOME MAGIC IN THEM? Scott Dochterman writes that Iowa has defeated an 11-win team or BCS Bowl participant each of the last six seasons. It appears that Ohio State might be the last chance to do that this season.

MORE HOOPS RANKINGS. CBS Sports basketball experts put together their top 25s for the upcoming season. Iowa makes three of the six lists. Also, Dick Vitale likes the Hawkeyes at #25 in his preseason top 25.



IF YOU'RE INTO GAMBLIN' (Link to gambling site). Iowa is picked as a betting dark-horse for the upcoming season. Around various sites Iowa can be found from anywhere from 50-1 to 100-1 odds to win the NCAA tournament. Covers dot com likes Iowa along with VCU and Okie State as long-shot money.