2014 Big Ten Blog

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  1. Goose

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    2013-2014 Iowa Hawkeyes Season Preview
    Preseason Ranking : #15
    Key Loss : The Hawkeyes lost their play maker in the backfield as Junior Marcus Coker decided to test his skills in the NFL Draft. Coker will be sorely missed, but true Freshman James Stover will look to fill his shoes.
    Players to Watch : The Hawkeyes return a good number of starters and should have a very potent offense. On this side of the ball look for Senior Quarterback Adam Parsons to play a potent role on the ground as well as through the air. His favorite target, Tight End C.J. Fiedorowicz also returns for his final season as a Hawkeye and will definitely play a big role in the passing game. On the defensive side of the ball the player to watch is a newcomer. True Freshman Kyle Lowe has been given the nod to start at Cornerback. The Robinson, Texas native has the speed to make him an excellent member of the Iowa secondary.
    Key Games : Week 1 @ #5 Texas , Week 6 vs. #1 Ohio State , Week 9 @ #9 Michigan
    Biggest Question Mark : The Backfield. Iowa's Marcus Coker left for the NFL Draft leaving big shoes to fill in the backfield. Look for true Freshman HB James Stover and true Freshman FB Jerome Lake to both play a role in replacing Coker.
    Recruit to Watch : Wide Receiver Anthony Marcus out of Dallas, Texas will be a big target of the Hawkeyes this season who graduate their top 3 men at this position at seasons end.
    "We had a bit of a struggle last season with some lopsided losses. I feel our guys are a year stronger and a year more experienced and we are expecting big things.
     
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    2014 Buckeye Football Preview

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    After bringing home the hardware in 2013, and securing the #1 ranking coming into the 2014 season, many believe a repeat is just a matter of time, but those in the know understand that this year's Buckeye squad has some real questions, and while there is a tremendous amount of talent on this year's team, much of it is still unproven, and depth could be an issue if the injury bug hits the Buckeyes in any significant way.
    Offense:
    By far, the offense is the strength of this year's team. Even after graduating All-Everything back Jordan Hall, bruiser Carlos Hyde, and game-breaker Jamaal Berry, the Buckeyes still have the potential to put up big numbers. Only this year. they'll be looking to the air attack a bit more often.
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    The Buckeye quarterbacks are simply spectacular. Each has a cannon for an arm (Wade is 99/95 in Power & Accuracy, and McDonald is 97/98) but there is no quarterback controversy in Columbus. Javon Wade will start, and he'll look to put up big numbers in 2014. According to Coach Griffin, he's going to be given full control of the offense, so look for the Bucks to air it out from game one on.
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    The beneficiaries of this new-look Buckeye offense will most likely be seniors Corey Brown and James Louis. Both are proven talents with NFL skills, and should have big seasons. However, the WR spot is one of the question marks this year, as depth becomes an issue should someone get dinged up. After the top three pass catchers, there are only true freshmen and scout team players as backups. If Brown and Louis can't stay healthy, things could get difficult.
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    Look for TE Tracy Archer to have a big season as well. While the undersized end might find himself on the bench in run situations, his superior speed and skill as a receiver makes him tough to account for, so he'll likely be a favorite target for Javon Wade.
    But the real strength of the Buckeye offense resides in the trenches, where the Buckeyes go 98, 99, 98, 93, & 93 from left to right. The big uglies are led by seniors Andrew Norwell and Michael Dawson, who could probably create a 1000-yard season for just about anyone.
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    Defense:
    The Buckeye defense has enough talent to once again be the best defense in the Big Ten, but there are holes to be filled, especially in the secondary, where the Buckeyes lost both starting corners, and then, in the off season, lost a sure starter to a transfer to hated rival Iowa. With the new crop of defensive backs not looking so good in practice, it looks like all will redshirt, leaving the Bucks short on bodies.
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    The plan for compensating for the gap in the secondary has two parts: The first is to get after the quarterback, which is what Canadian Andre Holley was built for. With his speed (86 Speed & 87 Acceleration) and his strength (87) Holley should be able to cause a lot of trouble for opposing O-linemen.
    The second part of the Buckeye defensive plan involves the best player in the Big Ten. His name is Dwayne Brown:
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    Brown is an absolute wrecking machine, and an athletic freak of nature. You can't run over him, you can't run past him, and you can't outsmart him. Just look at these numbers:
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    Prediction:
    As always, the Buckeyes are a contender, and have enough to go all the way. But their schedule (which has them visiting the best of the ACC in Clemson, and the best of the SEC in LSU, to go with a tough Big Ten schedule) can ruin a season in a hurry. Can they win it all? Certainly. Will they? Maybe, but don't bet the mortgage on it just yet.
     
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    #15 Iowa Hawkeyes (1-0) 41 at #5 Texas Longhorns (0-1) 23​
    The Iowa Hawkeyes opened up their season with a bang as they traveled to Austin, Texas and knocked off the highly ranked Longhorns. After firing their Offensive Coordinator after a poor last season, the Hawkeyes moved to the pistol with Senior QB Adam Parsons leading the show. Both Parsons and true Freshman HB James Stover had huge games for the Hawkeyes. In total, 4 True Freshman saw significant action for Iowa, all making a great impact on the game. The Hawkeyes will host rival Iowa State in a battle for the Cy-Hawk Series next weekend in hopes of starting the season with a 2-0 record.​
    Passing:​
    QB - (SR) Adam Parsons - 10/16 for 235 yards, 2 TD 0 INT​
    Rushing:​
    HB - (FR) James Stover - 17 carries for 179 yards, 2 TD​
    Receiving:​
    TE - (SR) C.J. Fiedorowicz - 2 catches for 111 yards, 2 TD​
    WR - (FR) Randy Johnson - 2 catches for 60 yards​
    Defensive:​
    FS - (RS-JR) Stephen Lloyd - 7 TCK, 1 SACK, 1 INT​
    SS - (SR) Cory Thomas - 2 TCK, 1 FUMREC, 1 TD​

    Kicking:​
    K - (FR) Brian Miller - 2/2 FG w/ long of 31 YD, 5/5 XP​
     
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    Nice win. Way to represent. Now I gotta hold up my end by getting a win @ Clemson.
     
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    Great game OnIowa, we had a great game going until my RB fumbled on the 10 yard line and you ran it back. I couldnt do anything after that it seemed.
     
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    yea bdub that was a battle. to be honest I didnt even know what happened on that play, it was like all of a sudden my safety had the ball and was running the other way. great game man
     
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    Buckeyes Win, Yet Still Lose Big
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    The Buckeye football team got a big road win this weekend, going into Clemson and pulling out a 19-14 victory on the strength of four field goals by senior kicker Quentin Chandler. However, the hopes for another Big Ten title took a big hit in week one, as Ohio State lost their best player to a major injury (a high ankle sprain estimated to keep him out for the majority of the season), and also lost their starting halfback for the season due to a broken femur. Here's what Coach Griffin had to say about the injuries:
    • Well, you just hate to see something like this happen to guys who worked so hard to get where they are. Dwayne has been such a big part of the defense for so long, and Chuck was just beginning what was sure to be a great first season as a starter. We'll manage, but it just won't be the same without these guys.
    The injuries not only occurred at bad times, but at positions where the Bucks are particularly thin. The secondary was already decimated in the off-season, and the backfield now has just one sophomore and two freshmen to carry the running game. Now, more than ever, it looks like the offense, and particularly the passing game, will have to carry the Buckeyes through the season.

    But a championship, once thought probable, might now be a long-shot.
     
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    If there is such a thing as a demoralizing win, that's what the Buckeyes experienced in week one, beating a good Clemson team on the road, but losing two critical starters in the process. Those key losses showed in week two, as the Buckeyes surrendered 304 yards of passing to in-state rival Cincinnati. However, even though the Silver Bullet defense showed its relative inexperience, the Bucks lost the turnover battle, and Cincy won the time of possession by almost three full minutes, the Buckeyes managed to win this one going away.

    The Buckeye offensive player of the game was senior wide receiver Corey Brown, who caught seven balls for 150 yards and a touchdown, while on defense, the player of the game honor went to junior defensive end Andre Holley, who had seven tackles and a sack on the day.

    Next week, the Buckeyes host another in-state squad, the Falcons of Bowling Green State University. BGSU has been down for a number of years now, so look for that one to get out of control early, and look for the Buckeyes to rest starters as soon as they possibly can. The last thing they need is another injury to another key starter.

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    Iowa State Cyclones (0-1) 7 at #11 Iowa Hawkeyes (2-0) 44​
    After a big win at Texas last week, the Hawkeyes opened the season with another win over rival Iowa State. The Hawkeyes took home the Cy-Hawk trophy yet again with the win. The true Freshman continue to make plays for the new-look Iowa offense which has switched to the pistol and reaped many benefits. The Hawkeyes will travel to Akron next week to take on the Zips in hopes of starting the season 3-0.​
    Passing:​
    QB - (SR) Adam Parsons - 11/18 for 256 yards, 1 TD 0 INT​
    Rushing:​
    HB - (FR) James Stover - 16 carries for 66yards, 1 TD​
    FB - (FR) - Jerome Lake - 2 carries for 3 yards, 1 TD and 1 catch for 35 yards​
    Receiving:​
    WR - (SR) Don Shumpert - 3 catches for 112 yards, TD​
    WR - (FR) Randy Johnson - 4 catches for 75 yards​
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    OLB - (SR) Todd Wilcox - 7 TCK, 1 FFUM​

    Kicking:​
    K - (FR) Brian Miller - 3/3 FG w/ long of 36 YD, 5/5 XP​
     
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    Week 1

    Michigan 56 Rutgers 13

    This one was over before it began. Rutgers did not stand a chance against the mighty Michigan Wolverines. 3 turnovers in Michigan territory sealed Rutgers' fate. Michigan had no trouble moving the ball accounting for 536 yards of offense and backup players received some much needed game experience. Michigan's star QB JR Nick Ball threw for 300 yards and 4 TDs and Soph QB James Jackson threw for 93 yards and 1 TD and rushed for 20 yards and a TD. The Wolverines wont have to worry about a QB for quite a while.
     
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    Week 2

    Michigan 24 Notre Dame 7

    Michigan was forced to punt on its opening possession. Notre Dame then drove into FG range but gave up a sack on 3rd down, forcing the punt which landed inside the 10. The Wolverines drove the entire field and scored a TD when QB Nick Ball broke lose on a 27 yard TD off a read option. Just over a minute later ND scored off an Allen 1 yard TD run. On Mich's next drive they went 3 and out and the O began to question itself. The Irish again were threatening to score when Mich CB Dixon grabbed an int and took it 71 yards for the TD (14-7 Mich). For a THIRD time the Irish drove deep into Michigan territory and threw yet another int, this time on the goal line. Michigan capped out the half with another TD.

    The second half consisted of a lot of inconsistent drives and many punts. The only score was a Michigan FG in the 4th to seal the victory.

    The Michigan coaches feel like they got away with one being gifted two ints when the Irish were in scoring position. According to the D coordinator the game plan was to play bend but dont break Defense, dont give up the big play and let them get their 2-4 yard gains. That strategy paid dividends with ints after long Irish drives.

    This team feel like it can complete for a National Championship, they certainly have the talent to do so. After painful losses last year to Ohio $tate and Texas, they are hungry and focused. Just need to take it one game at a time.

    Great Game Goose, as always. I believe were are 3-3 against each other now. See you next year

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    Week 3

    Michigan 36 Army 3

    On Michigan's opening drive they drove the length of the field before fumbling on the Army 2 yard line. However it did not matter because the D forced a safety two plays later. Three plays later QB Nick Ball completed a 50 yard TD pass and rest of gravy. The score at the half was 33-3 Michigan after a 24 point 2nd quarter explosion. The second team played the entire 2nd half with a running clock. QB Nick Ball had a career 1st half before being given the rest of the game off. He was 13-18 322 yards, 3 passing and 1 rushing TDs.
     
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    The Buckeyes simply aren't the same team they were last year, especially on defense. While the Buckeyes scored a bunch of points, they simply couldn't hold Penn State, especially in the running game. While the offensive production is nice, the Bucks would much rather score 35 and give up 3 than score 55 and give up 29. We'll have to wait and see if the gaping holes in the Silver Bullet defense come back to haunt them before the season ends.

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    Man purdue always gives be a battle in this dynasty for some reason. Despite a subpar offensive performance, a big fumble return for a TD in the 4th lead the hawkeyes to victory
     
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    I love Cam Roberson. I hated leaving that guy behind. You have a pretty nice speed/power combo between him and Allen.
     
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    I absoluetly love him. I'm taking viles of his blood every night to take them to the science department in hopes that they can clone him. ;)
     
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    While the Buckeyes defense was once again average at best, they did manage to turn over the Spartans three times, and those turnovers were the difference. However, if the Bucks don't tighten up things on the defensive side of the ball in the very near future, it's unlikely that they will mount any kind of serious challenge in the Big Ten.

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    The Hawkeyes just upended #13 Michigan who seemed to be almost superhuman today. The Wolverines were breaking tackles left and right along with splitting the Hawkeye D. Michigan was up 21-3, but the Hawkeyes came storming back and made it a game before Michigan missed a last second field goal to tie the game.​
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    This one was over shortly after the first kickoff. The Buckeyes forced four turnovers in this one, all occurring on Indiana's side of the field, and the offense was clicking from the start, breaking big play after big play against an outmatched Hoosier defense. The Buckeyes went into kneel down mode late (see vid #4) but tacked on a late touchdown when seldom used defensive back Joey Heard simply couldn't help but take a late interception back for a score. Coach didn't look happy about running it up, but he couldn't help but smile as Joey scored for the first time as a Buckeye.

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