I was so glad to see Iowa get a Rose Bowl bid despite losing the league title game. The Hawkeyes haven’t been to Pasadena since the 1990 season. The drought is over. Iowa fans will overrun the Rose Bowl. It will be beautiful. Iowa will play Stanford, which it never has played. The Hawkeyes last played in the Rose Bowl in 1991 and lost to Washington 46-34. The Hawkeyes played in three Rose Bowls during the Hayden Fry era and lost all three. Kirk Ferentz was an assistant coach on the first two teams. Iowa appeared in two other Rose
I thought Michigan State would jump from No. 5 to No. 3 after it toppled unbeaten Iowa in the Big Ten title game on Saturday night in Indianapolis. And, the College Football Playoff committee did just that, setting up a meeting with No. 2 Alabama in the Cotton Bowl in a national semifinal game. [ MORE: View the full 2015-16 bowl schedule | Final CFP rankings ] No. 1 Clemson plays No. 4 Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl in the other national semifinal game. This will be the Spartans’ first trip to the playoffs, which are in just their second
The New Year’s Day Six Bowls have been set. And the Big Ten landed two teams in what shapes up as two of the better matchups of the 2015-16 postseason. [ MORE: View our complete 2015-16 bowl schedule ] The two games are No. 5 Iowa vs. No. 6 Stanford in the Rose Bowl Game, and No. 7 Ohio State vs. No. 8 Notre Dame. Get my quick preview to both games below: Iowa. It was great to see the College Football Playoff committee didn’t bury 12-1 Iowa for losing a close Big Ten title game to Michigan State. Now,
It seemed America had forgotten Michigan State had won 11 or more games four times in five years. It seemed pundits blanked out on the fact the Spartans won Big Ten crowns in 2010 and 2013. It seemed experts forgot about the Rose and Cotton Bowl triumphs for this program.
BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart is in Indianapolis for the Big Ten Football Championship between Iowa and Michigan State. After watching both teams play all season he's ready to make his game prediction.
Earlier I posted my four keys to success for the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Big Ten Football Championship. Now, here are my four keys to success for the Michigan State Spartans. 1. Go deep. Look, Connor Cook is the best quarterback in the Big Ten. No one is gonna argue that. Heck, he’s one of the best in the nation. That’s why the Spartans need to chuck it deep vs. an Iowa secondary that is good—but not great. Desmond King is a ball hawk, but he isn’t Charles Woodson. And there isn’t a ton of athletic ability in the Iowa secondary
I’m up and ready for today’s Big Ten Football Championship, and having watched both Iowa and Michigan State play all season long I have my thoughts on what each team needs to do to win. In this post, I give you my four keys for Iowa to succeed on Saturday. 1. Run the ball: It’s pretty simple. This is the bread and butter of Iowa’s attack. It has been dating back to when Hayden Fry took over a massive rehab project in 1979 in Iowa City and built some great teams around backs like Ronnie Harmon, Sedrick Shaw, Tavian Banks, Nick Bell
Earlier, I looked at Michigan State and Iowa position-by-position on offense. Here is a look at the Spartans and Hawkeyes on defense on special teams. Who has the edge?
Two teams. One conference championship. Who has the edge when Michigan State and Iowa meet on Saturday night under the glow of the Lucas Oil Stadium lights in Indianapolis? Who knows for sure? That’s why they play the games. Still, that won’t stop me from taking a look at each offensive unit for each team. Let the comparisons on offense begin. QUARTERBACKS Have right arm, will travel. Michigan State’s Connor Cook is the Big Ten’s ultimate sheriff, the best signal-caller in the Big Ten. The senior is hitting 57.6 percent of his passes with 2,730 yards, 24 touchdowns and just four
How often do we see a game come down to a kicker needing to boot a field goal in the dying seconds to win a game? It happens usually once a season for most teams. Sometimes a few times. What’s my point? Don’t ignore the kickers in the Big Ten title game on Saturday night, as the league championship and a spot in the playoffs may come down to their toes. Let’s meet them. MICHIGAN STATE: Michael Geiger, 5-8, 186, junior Who can forget the image of Geiger sprinting downfield whirling an arm after nailing 41-yard field goal as time expired