62 days ago, there was heightened anticipation of a new college football season upon us. Everyone was 0-0. In fact, Iowa ended up being 1-0 after that first Saturday on a soggy day in Chicago. With that win, the anticipation of what was to come continued, although after the Hawkeyes Game 1 performance, many Iowa fans began to fear for disappointment. Even before all of that, I had picked this game today as possibly being a dark day in the Hawks season. I kinda felt another 7 win season was on its way and I felt the Hawks would beat a couple teams it shouldn’t and lose to a couple teams it shouldn’t. I figured the Indiana game would be one of those should-not-lose-but-will games. My reason is simple: Even when strong Iowa seems to play to its level of competition. We seem to let those bad teams hang around. Then somebody on that bad team decides it’s time to make a play and does. That nearly happened the last time Iowa visited Bloomington. Who will ever forget Damarlo Belcher’s drop in the end zone on what would’ve been the game winner for the Hoosiers. Not too long ago, it was that crazy pinball wizard pickoff from Tyler Sash that sparked the Hawks giant comeback against these Hoosiers.
So this year, maybe we’re the bad team that hangs around long enough to win. It certainly gets more difficult from here. Northern Illinois let us hang around. So did Michigan State. Iowa State almost did, too.
Here are some shots I took of folks I believe need to step it up and put in a strong performance to enable a Hawkeye “W”. A lot of the shots come from players on the defensive side of the ball. That D has to show up today like it did in the front end of the season, not the one who has shown up the past 2 weeks.
We need to be 5-4 (sheesh!) at the end of the afternoon today. Go Hawks!