Despite our collective little corn fed world ending this weekend after that Michigan debacle, the college football universe continued to spin on. If you’re anything like me, football was absolutely ruined and watching it was out of the question. But that didn’t stop the polls from coming out anyways and things aren’t so, so bad for Iowa. Especially if they can figure out a way to correct EVERYTHING, bury the tape and move on towards Penn State, at home, under the lights.
In terms of the poll as a whole, Alabama hangs on to the No. 1 spot with Clemson right behind them. Ohio State finally jumped Georgia to come in at No. 3 and 4 respectfully. Outside of that, Wisconsin continued to slowly work their way up after the Auburn loss to Florida this past weekend, coming in at No. 7 and Michigan State has fallen out completely.
In terms of Iowa, they fell three spots to No. 17... not so bad. After all, they did lose by one touchdown at the Big House against a Top-25 Michigan team. BUT, there is one area that is cause for concern in the FanPulse polls. Fans get asked week in and week out how confident they are in the direction of the team. For the first five weeks, Iowa never dipped under 98%. After this past weekend’s atrocity/monstrosity? Only 69.8% (NICE!) of you are confident in the current direction of this team.
This makes a lot of sense if you ask me. Football is played in three phases. This past weekend the defense did more than their fair share to win that game. The special teams, for the most part, have done their job throughout the season to set this team up for success (Dunc has been a dream and Sleepy has been at least average). But after this weekend, we’ve finally seen Iowa’s offense and offensive coordinator turn into the giant pumpkin a healthy group of Hawkeye fans believed them to be.
That’s the third that none of us can be confident in right now. Road Dogg Nate showed back up when we all thought (ok, I thought) he was past that as a senior. Brian Ferentz never went away from a four receiver game plan in favor of running the football and quick hitters against a team that was susceptible to giving up big chunks of yards on the ground and were over pursuing in favor of sacks. The offensive line played the worst game I’ve ever seen an Iowa group play, often times triple teaming one defender while one, two and sometimes three defenders waltzed towards QB1 without a single worry. Moment after moment, this unit shot themselves in the foot and now the sky is falling with Penn State’s significantly better defense coming to town.
Thank the football God’s this game is at Kinnick at least.
If Iowa can find a way to get the train back on the tracks, this should be a much, MUCH different result next week. But if the defense and special teams continue to leave the offense in good positions to succeed and they sputter... I don’t even want to think about it.
Until then, make sure you’re signed up for the FanPulse poll and have your voice heard. Each week Hawkeye fans vote on the poll, as well as other questions about the direction of the program. Get in on the action today and let your voice be heard!