10.15.09 - Hawkeye Links
|The Gazette's Marc Morehouse takes a look at the Iowa-Wisconsin game in his Big Analysis. His prediction: Iowa 20 Wisconsin 17.|
Marc will also be joining the Gazette's Mike Hlas for a live chat today at noon over at The Hlog.
Coach Ferentz has been hinting this week that the flu bug has hit the Iowa football team. Ferentz says the flu this year has been worse than past years.
Quad City Times writer Don Doxsie writes about Iowa WR Colin Sandeman's expanded role now that WR and punt returner Paul Chaney Jr is out for the season.
ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg has a few Hawkeyes on his midseason awards check-up list. Among them is Kirk Ferentz who has to be the early favorite to win Coach of the Year at this point:
Iowa's Kirk Ferentz -- Ferentz has Iowa off to its best start (6-0) since 1985, when the team won the Big Ten title and advanced to the Rose Bowl. Despite losing their best offensive player (Greene) and their two best defenders (tackles Mitch King and Matt Kroul), the Hawkeyes are making plays and gaining confidence, especially in close games.TheWizofOdds.com takes a look at how well teams have done against the spread over the past 8 years. Since the 2000 season, Iowa has been 3rd best in the nation against the point spread. Only Boise State and Utah have been better over that timeframe.