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IOWA CITY — After a home football Saturday that saw a bump in arrests and alcohol-related citations, the University of Iowa this week emerged on another party-school list — this time one published by Playboy Magazine.
The list, which places Iowa at No. 5, is based on a variety of factors — including access to night life and musical events and “creativity when planning social gatherings.” Playboy’s editors also consider information from the National Center for Education Statistics, the NCAA, and the U.S. Economic Census in creating the list.
I'm convinced, Iowa's Offensive Coordinator hates to run the football. And with Jordan Canzeri and Mark Weisman in your backfield, that's offensive.
Iowa lost to Iowa State, not because they got outplayed, but because they got outcalled. Greg Davis called a bad game and ignored the best talent in his backfield.
Let's look at the numbers:
Jordan Canzeri, three carries for 18 yards. That's six yards a carry! And Canzeri only gets three touches?
Mark Weisman, 16 carries for 49 yards and a touchdown. That's a much more pedestrian 3.1 yards per carry, but if you know Weisman's history, you know that given a few more touches, he would have pounded out a longer run, probably for a first down, keeping a drive alive that was otherwise killed by a failed pass play. He may not be able to handle 35 carries a game, but he can definitely handle 20.
Damon Bullock, 12 carries for just 22 yards. That's only 1.8 yards per carry! Why did Bullock get 12 carries? Bullock is a third down passing situation back at BEST! Why Canzeri didn't get those carries is perplexing. Canzeri is flat out better than Bullock.
The fact that quarterback Jake Ruddock outgained Jordan Canzeri on the ground is a PROBLEM. Ruddock gained 39 yards on the ground on 12 attempts. A couple of those were designed runs, but otherwise it was Ruddock just being smart with the ball when receivers were covered downfield. Kudos to Ruddock, not Davis. Oh, and Ruddock was also sacked 4 times. Iowa State linemen were able to pin their ears back and go after the quarterback. Why? Because they knew Greg Davis was dialing up a pass play.
Greg Davis and his penchant for calling pass plays cost Iowa this game. Greg Davis ignoring the talent of Jordan Canzeri cost Iowa this game.
That's my armchair quarterback input, and I'm right.
UPDATE - 9/15: Apparently Canzeri injured his heel on a kick return and that explains his absence in the second half. But before he got injured, he certainly deserved more and could have had more than just three touches.
Iowa’s running game has been absent. To put this in more tangible terms, if Iowa ran the ball last year at Iowa State like it has so far this year, it would’ve lost. The Hawkeyes rushed 60 times for 218 yards, including running back Mark Weisman’s 35 for 145 yards. Since that game, Weisman has had more games with single-digit carries (four) than he’s had games of carries in the 20s (two).
If you’re the Iowa State defensive staff, on Monday you showed your defense a few of the lowlights to serve as motivation. It was “men vs. boys” stuff.
The University of Iowa ranks 27th among the nation's best public universities, according to the latest rankings published by the magazine U.S. News & World Report.
The UI's placement in the 2015 edition of the magazine's "Top 30 Public National Universities" compares to a ranking of 29th in the 2014 edition. The ranking places the UI in a tie with the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities and Virginia Tech.
It's like Kirk Ferentz waking up on Saturday and putting on black pants instead of khaki, or Hayden Fry ditching his aviator shades for horned rims.
The University of Iowa's beloved mascot, Herky, has a new look this fall, and like any Hawkeye-related change, it's stirred up the emotions of football fans. While some like the mascot's new look, others are pining for the bird they grew up with after watching New Herky strut the sidelines the first two games.
AMES – The Seashore Hall complex which houses the University of Iowa’s psychology department will not receive state funding for renovations until at least 2016, following a decision by Iowa state Board of Regents members Tuesday.
At a property and facilities committee meeting, board members agreed to hold off on recommending putting $9 million in the upcoming fiscal year to begin the project. The total cost of the years-long renovation and modernization psychology department infrastructure is estimated at $94.5 million, which includes the cost of a newly planned psychology building.
During his weekly press conference on Tuesday, Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz provided a bit of an update.
"He was in a mo-ped accident. Scary moment," Ferentz said. "We've had several players since I've been here involved in those. Fortunately, he's doing well. Saw him this morning, and he's sore. Mentioned we've got a couple of guys that are sore and stiff. We're two games into it so we're hoping he'll be able to play."