And yes I agree...No stupid mistakes...
Iowa has some playmakers on offense. DJK and Moaki for sure. Brodell and Strauss are talented too. But i still think they are vulnerable at QB and probably will not field a strong RB. that's why i think iowa is going to challenge us in the passing game much more than in recent years. i don't think we can afford to put 8-9 in the box. we have to stop their running game straightup. Jesse Smith could be huge, especially if they feature Kirkwood standout Shawn Green. i don't expect him to have the speed to get to the edge or make big cutbacks so they'll try to pound him b/n the tackles. i'm look forward to seeing jesse collide w/ him.
"You gotta have heart! Miles and Miles of heart!"
Other then that... All any team needs to beat that scum is a pulse.
establish a good run game and slug the ball down their throats and control the clock.with the size and potential of our offensive line,isu should be able to work the clock,and let arnaud move us into the red zone.sideline arnaud,insert bates and let him take the ball to the endzone on running plays.our offensive line as big as they are should be able to control iowa's defensive line.
use ball control on offense and keep our defense fresh and off of the field.on our first play from scrimmage,call a misdirection
play either with arnuad or bates and hand off on an end around with jason carlson.let him take it to the bank. get the lead first and grind the ball out on the ground during the rest of the game,control the clock, and then surprise them with a couple of long aerial assaults to carlson.
mcfarland will probably use the spread,but they should work up a couple of wishbone plays with arob,jason harris and a big blocking fullback,just to throw iowa's defense into chaos during the first few plays of the game.
Don't turn the ball over and give them a short field. If their offense has to go 70-80 yards on every possession there is a good chance they will not score at all.
Also keep the OL fresh, maybe with a rotation of players, and think about mixing it up with some no huddle. With their 3-and-out offense, their defense will be on the field most of the time and their defense is not very deep. Keep pounding, wear them down, and in the 4th quarter they're likely to be done.
To be honest with everybody I would rather focus on SDSU first. I think we are getting way way way ahead of ourselves. If we cant beat SDSU and Kent State by atleast 3 or 4 touchdowns and make it conviencing. Then we have problems.
I think one thing I have not seen so far is to have ISU fans show up at the game. I think the motivation would help with early momentum if the players saw a contigent of red and yellow in the stands. Show up at Kinnck like hawk fans used to do at Jack Trice.
boc4cy,i agree.take and concentrate on one game at a time.
i think this year's team will surprise quite a few people.
I appreciate the more intelligent assessments of the talent at Iowa and the individual matchups, but I can't ever recall this game coming down to individual matchups or one team taking advantage of some weakness of the other. The formula for winning this game over the last 10 years has come down to special teams, turnovers, and rushing yards. I completely agree with those who have mentioned these three keys.
Biggest thing i can see is to keep pressure on christensen. He gets flustered easily. force turnovers and keep the crowd out of the game. If this happens, we keep our offense in good position and we should beable to take care of business in the running game, passing game should be steady by then as well. It shouldnt be too tough.
The bookies have us as a 14-point underdog. I'm not sure how they predict that because both teams have many unknowns, but I've found them to be good at what they do.